What we stand for

  1. We believe that all stakeholders in the animal welfare community have a passion for and are dedicated to saving animals’ lives.
  2. We believe that the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals is a community-wide problem requiring community-based solutions.  We also recognize that animal welfare organizations can be leaders and should work diligently to bring about a change in social and other factors that result in the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals, including the compounding problems of some pet owners’ failure to spay and neuter; properly socialize and train; be tolerant of; provide veterinary care to; or take responsibility for companion animals.
  3. We believe in the value and impact of collaboration to address issues that no one organization can effectively address alone.
  4. We believe in the importance of transparency and the open sharing of accurate, complete animal-sheltering data and statistics in a manner which is clear to both the animal welfare community and the public.
  5. We believe it is essential to utilize a uniform method for collecting and reporting shelter data, in order to promote transparency and better assess the euthanasia rate of healthy and treatable animals.
  6. We support transparency in Coalition governance, finances, policies and activities.
  7. We believe in and support the ‘five freedoms’ for animals:
    Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
    Freedom from Discomfort
    Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
    Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
    Freedom from Fear and Distress
  8. We advocate and work to support responsible pet ownership.