Use the power of your vote to help protect shelter pets.
Vote for the candidates who care about sheltering issues and who are willing to work on the issue, even when it means making hard decisions.
Make positive changes to legislation that will protect the lives of shelter pets!.
The Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) is model legislation written by legislators, shelter directors, animal lawyers and shelter veterinarians to provide animals with maximum opportunities for lifesaving.
It Establishes that saving lives and public safety are compatible;
It protects all species of shelter animals;
It makes it illegal for a shelter to kill an animal if a rescue group or No Kill shelter is willing to save that animal;
It requires shelters to provide animals with fresh food, fresh water, environmental enrichment, regular exercise, veterinary care and cleanliness
It requires shelters to have fully functioning adoption programs including offsite adoptions, use of the internet to promote their animals, and ample adoption hours when the public is available;
It prohibits shelters from killing animals based on arbitrary criteria such as breed, color or age when alternatives to killing exist;
It requires animal control to allow volunteers to help with fostering, socializing, and assisting with adoptions;
It requires shelters to be truthful about how many animals they kill and adopt by making statistics public.
Click here to read the entire text of CAPA.
Our Mission: To stop the needless killing of healthy and treatable pets in Houston, Texas animal shelters and pounds, using shelter reform legislation and political advocacy.
LIFE SAVING SHOULD NOT BE AN "OPTION",
IT SHOULD BE THE LAW
There are hundreds of Open Admission pounds and shelters across the country who are saving 90% or more of all animals entering their doors. See this website for a growing list of these communities. www.Saving90.org
Unfortunately, the directors of Houston's FIVE kill shelters and pounds still refuse to rigorously implement the programs and services of the successful No Kill model of sheltering.
We must create laws that mandate life saving instead of leaving it as an option to whoever the shelter director may be.
We must pass shelter reform legislation which mandates how a shelter must operate.
We must regulate animal shelters in the same way that we regulate hospitals and other agencies which hold the power over life and death.
Life saving must be institutionalized.
In order shelter reform to take place, we must have political leadership at the city and county levels who care about this issue. We must have politicians who are willing to do what is necessary to ensure life saving in our shelter system.
That is why political advocacy is so important. We voters will make the decision as to who will be voted into office. We must be certain that those people represent our values.
We are making this easier for animal loving voters as we will be sending Candidate Questionnaires to the candidates running for mayor and city council this November.
We will post the candidates responses on this website page. See the "Houston Elections 2015" tab above.
We also plan to organize a candidate forum before the November election.
Keep watching our website for more information.
Also, register to receive our e-news letter to receive notifications.
TOGETHER, WE CAN END SHELTER KILLING
WHAT DOES CAPA DO?
HOUSTON VOTERS FOR COMPANION ANIMALS
No Kill Texas Advocates has changed its name to Houston Voters for Companion Animals to better reflect the purpose of the group.