Are you a no-kill shelter?
Pasadena Humane is a Socially Conscious Animal Shelter. We accept all animals regardless of age, breed, health or temperament from within our 11 animal control service areas. While we technically meet the no-kill threshold of saving more than 90% of pets entering our shelter, we choose not to use the no-kill terminology.
Why don’t you use no-kill terminology?
Pasadena Humane adopted the Socially Conscious Animal Sheltering model because we believe it offers the most holistic approach to sheltering. No-kill has been used as a marketing tool and rallying cry, but it does not reflect the responsibility animal welfare organizations like Pasadena Humane have to the animals in our care and to keeping our communities safe.
While no-kill has gained in popularity over the years, it is often misunderstood. No-kill does not mean no euthanasia. In fact, most no-kill shelters strive to attain a save rate of 90%. What that means in practice is that even at no-kill shelters, 10% of animals may be euthanized for any reason and the organization would still be considered no-kill. While reaching a 90% save rate may be attainable for some communities, it may not be realistic for others based on the animals coming into that shelter. For example, a shelter that admits a large percentage of very ill or unhealthy animals may not reach a 90% save rate even if they place all adoptable animals.