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Boots on the Ground: The Twin Cities No Kill Story

Approximately two years ago, Mike Fry of No Kill Learning began working on the first of three short documentary films about no kill advocacy in three locations in Florida, Alabama and Minnesota.


His first "Boots on the Ground" film told the story of Lake County, Florida, which became a no kill community essentially overnight once the county commission took over operation of the animal shelter from the Sheriff's Office. The shelter now has some of the highest live release rates in the country.


The second film told the story of Huntsville, Alabama, where a group of advocates banded together to tell the city, "we are better and this," and to push hard for reform of the tax-funded animal shelter where thousands of animals died over a period of years. The shelter statistics demonstrate the changes made in the past few years which are the result of cultural changes in how the shelter operates.


We are thrilled to announce that the third, and final, film in the Boots on the Ground series will premiere on Youtube on October 14, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. central time. As Mike writes in his No Kill Learning blog, "It is a story that was 20 years in the making and it could change the way you think about animal sheltering. . .Boots on the Ground: The Twin Cities No Kill Story describes how killing was brought to a stop by a small group of advocates who decided to take on the system, challenge strongly-held beliefs and create a better world for people and animals. The film is as much of a history lesson about an important shelter reform effort in Minnesota's largest metro area as it is a call to animal shelters and animal welfare organizations to do the right thing going forward by leaving the shameful past in the rear view mirror."


The link for Mike's final film is found at the watch premiere here. We hope you'll join us and you'll invite your family and friends.. Until then, you can watch trailers and clips here.


The Lake County story is at this link and the Huntsville Story is at this link.



There are currently hundreds of communities across the USA whose shelters have stopped killing healthy or treatable pets. The shelters in your community can do that, too. If your community is not already No Kill, your shelters need to hear from you and your friends.... please get involved to save lives.

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