Many of us who have worked in shelters don't have quite such a rosy view of the "no-kill" concept. Really, "no-kill" shelters can only exist where there is another local shelter that *does* kill. That way the no-kill can take its pick of the *most adoptable* animals, and send the rest over to the other shelter, letting that one take the blame for a high kill rate.
San Francisco's no-kill SPCA is across the parking lot from the SF city shelter, so it's an easy thing to transfer unwanted animals back to the city. The former director of that SPCA is now at ASPCA in New York, planning exactly the same strategy there. The city animal control dept. will be the one who gets the fallout.
All that being said, animals at the no-kill are likely to be healthier and better socialized, because they do get to pick and choose, and are probably more strict with their assessments. But at the regular shelter, you truly would be saving a life.
Jean Hofve, DVM
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