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Huntsville animal services featured in NY Times

(Source: Huntsville animal service volunteers) (Source: Huntsville animal service volunteers)
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The New York Times posted an article praising animal shelters that were aiming for "zero kill" and Huntsville made the list.

According to the New York Times, each year close to three million dogs and cats are killed in shelters because of lack of space or unclean conditions.

In 2013, Tracey Durning wanted to cut down on the animals being killed so she launched an initiative call Target Zero. The goal of Target Zero is set a shelter standard where the live release rate is 90 percent or higher.

Huntsville has been making big strides toward getting their numbers up to par.

Over the past 18 months, the live release rate for the Huntsville shelter has climbed from 70 percent to an outstanding 90 percent.

The New York Times interviewed Karen Sheppard, the director of animal services in Huntsville

“To get to the place where we’re saving more than 90 percent, it’s like getting to the moon,” Sheppard said. “I can’t believe it. I’m so proud of my staff. I just said to one of my co-workers yesterday, ‘You did it!,’ and she said, ‘We did it!’ It’s just exhilarating.”

To read the full article from the New York Times, click here.

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