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Group starts petition aimed to build a no-kill animal community

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Many area animal care facilities agree with the petition. Many area animal care facilities agree with the petition.

A group in Huntsville has a very big goal for the animal population: Building a no-kill community. They've started a petition they plan to present to city leaders in hopes of making Huntsville become the first no-kill animal community in the state.

"We all hate the idea of killing healthy adoptable animals," said Challenger's House founder, Susan Burlingame.  She is one of the people behind an online petition to make Huntsville a no-kill community.

"There are 150 communities, or no-kill movements in this country involving about 400 cities and towns of all sizes of all income levels and this area is just ripe for this," she said.  "We want it so badly and we are all so excited about it because there is no reason why it can't be done here."

Many other animal care facilities in the area agree.  Places like No-Kill Huntsville, Forgotten Felines, A New Leash on Life and The Ark are throwing their support behind the petition.

"It's a lot of work but I applaud it and I think that it's a good thing," said Heike Keltner.  She works at The Ark.  She said that the no-kill shelter has to turn away at least 30 animals a day.

"It's heart breaking for us because we don't know where they are going," she said.  "Currently we are running at max.  We pretty much always run at max and over sometimes.  But we take in what we can."

The petition will be headed to city leaders in the next couple of weeks.  Burlingame said she knows a no-kill community won't happen overnight, but with teamwork, it can happen.

"It's going to take everybody working together," she said.  "It's not just one person, it's not just one shelter, it's not just one no-kill shelter. It's everybody working together. The public has to be involved."

On Monday, July 29 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., there will be a free public workshop at the Huntsville-Madison County Library's main library auditorium.  There will be guest speakers from other no-kill communities. 

On the 30th, petition organizers will be meeting with Mayor Tommy Battle and Chairman Dale Strong to discuss the possibilities for Huntsville becoming a no-kill community.

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