July 8, 2013
By: Matt Horn
Tallahassee, FL - Every year tens of thousands of animals needing a home are killed in Florida. This past legislative session, Jack Cory pushed lawmakers to be kinder to animals. The idea behind a new law that took effect July first is to make publically funded animal shelters post how many animals are euthanized monthly. The goal: to educate the public and encourage adoption.
”We need to make sure that through-out Florida, we have correct data and accurate data and make sure its available to the public,” said Florida Senator, Bill Montford.
”I think the new law can be effective. I think its really important all shelters, rescues, non-profits learn from,” said Erika Leckington.
Across Florida, more animal shelters are becoming no-kill shelters. Their goal is a 90 percent adoption rate. Supporters say the changes will save money.
“There is no excuse, we don’t have every county and shelter no-kill,” said Jack Cory.
While there is support for the new law, there are also concerns shelters won’t post the numbers. That’s because there are no penalties for doing nothing. Supporters are planning to work closely with lawmakers in the upcoming years to strengthen the law and save man’s best friend and his arch rival…the cat, from death.