Advocates Want Midland to be a 'No Kill' City 8/28/13
CBS 7 News
Although the euthanasia rate is at an all-time low in the city of Midland, many feel that the Midland area should be a “No kill” zone.
"They have hearts just like we do," said dog lover Brenda Nikolai.
Without organizations like the Midland Humane Coalition and their adoption centers, more dogs would have to be put down.
"So we give them a second chance," said MHC Executive Director N. ‘Steg’ Stegall, known to all as Steg.
The organization works hand in hand with the pound. The adoption center is located inside of the Midland Petsmart.
"What we do is we rescue their animals that are adoptable and we bring them to our center where they have lots of great exposure, and we get them adopted here," she said. "So far we've cut it over 53% and I think it's the lowest rates ever since we've opened. "
The city confirms that this year is the lowest euthanization rate yet.
MHC adoption center will be celebrating its two-year anniversary in November of this year.
Steg said there are 21 dog kennels available and at all times, it's about 80% full.
But this isn't the only group in the area trying for a no kill city. Other groups like Odessa Animal Crusaders and Dust Bowl Animal Rescue are picking up strays and finding homes.
The biggest problem adoption centers run into is finding space to house these strays. Other ways to lower the euthanasia rate are to make sure your dogs are spayed, they're neutered, and they're vaccinated at a young age.