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Meeting scheduled for no-kill advocates, city leaders

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Proposals on how to make Huntsville a no-kill animal community were a big topic Monday afternoon. 'No kill' workshops were held at the Huntsville library to find out how that can happen.

On Tuesday, the group will meet with city leaders to discuss the future for the movement.

"I do believe our community can become a no-kill community and that means that we release 90% or more of the dogs and cats that come in to the building that we will release them alive," said Karen Sheppard, director of Animal Services in Huntsville. 

Concerned members of the community filled the Huntsville library Monday afternoon to hear how to make the dream for the city a reality.      

"We have the same goals," Sheppard said. "They don't want animals to lose their lives, we don't want animals to lose their lives." 

Before the city can become the first no kill community in Alabama, Sheppard said it will take teamwork and compromise.

"They just have some approaches that we are slightly different on and maybe the main thing is the timeline," she said.  "Most shelters across the United States take it step by step, week by week, month by month and then they arrive and I think with some of the other organizations they kind of like to start today. And that can lead to some uncomfortable things like too many animals in a building or too many animals in a shelter."

Now that the no kill workshop is over, organizers will meet with city leaders Tuesday, July 30th at 10 a.m. to decide what happens next and how.

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