See how others are working towards the goal of No Kill 2025


What exactly does no kill mean? While there are different definitions, no kill generally means that any animal who can leave a shelter alive does. It is usually measured as "noses in, noses out", which may be imperfect, but allows for uniform measure across the nation. If you'd like to see how your community is doing saving the lives of shelter animals, visit the Best Friends Community Lifesaving Dashboard.


Animals who are suffering or gravely ill are often humanely euthanized. Many local shelters assist residents with end of life euthanasia for their beloved pets, which is also appropriate and good. In a no-kill shelter, animals who have curable or treatable diseases will receive the treatment they need and leave the shelter alive through adoption or release. Shelter staff also work with concerned community members to divert some animals from intake - for example community cats who are provided with spay/neuter surgery. When we reduce the number of animals who enter shelters, shelters can focus their limited resources on helping the animals in their care so more leave alive to safe homes.

Learn more about the no kill movement by visiting these sites:
Best Friends Animal Society:
Best Friends' No Kill page:
Alley Cat Allies:
Humane Society:

Kitten Lady:

Local organizations:
Animal Friends Rescue Project:
SPCA for Monterey County:

Project Purr in Santa Cruz:

Hitchcock Road Animal Services (the Salinas County and City shelters):

City of Salinas Animal Services:

Heading Home Animal Rescue:

Best Life TNR and Rescue:

Local organizations providing low-cost spay/neuter services:

SPCA for Monterey County provides low-cost spay/neuter for feral and owned animals:

Hitchcock Road Animal Services has a free feral clinic for Salinas City and Unincorporated Monterey County feral cats:

SNIP Bus Monterey is a mobile low cost spay/neuter clinic:

Big Fix Monterey County:

Local organizations helping divert animals from local shelters:

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue:

Animal Shelter Relief:

Golden Oldies Cat Rescue:

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