On November 29, 2010, Dick Devore, chief of the Emergency Management Division which oversees the animal shelter operations, put a temporary suspension on euthanasia, effectively stopping the senseless killing at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. This was the result of public outcry over the case of 4 abandoned dogs that Animal Control had refused to help, shelter’s conditions, and abuses resulting in an 85% average annual kill rate.
A euthanasia committee meeting with several members of the community was called and at that very first meeting, we introduced the No Kill Equation and the tenets of the philosophy to Chief Devore and others in attendance.
The manager of the Allegany County Animal Shelter resigned on 12/17/2010, and the majority of the work in the Animal Shelter was taken over, and many of the tenets of the No Kill Equation was initiated by a dedicated group of volunteers. We were and continue to be the target of sabotage, harassment and intimidation from people who want to continue the killing in the Allegany County Animal Shelter and have vested interests in the status quo.
In the beginning of April 2011 a new manager for the Allegany County Animal Shelter was selected, and today the Allegany County Animal Shelter continues to have a saving rate of 95% and more.
Since July 1st 2013, the Allegany County Animal Shelter is operated by the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation, a non-profit organisation.
No Kill Allegany is in support of the No Kill Equation developed by Nathan Winograd of the No Kill Advocacy Center.