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Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)


This study explores whether the beliefs, attitudes, and policy practices of California animal welfare and control leaders are accurately reflected and in accord with position statements encountered in the animal welfare literature regarding the no-kill philosophy. Key issues examined include responsibility for animal control, mission fulfillment, quality of life for sheltered animals, public expectations of animal welfare and control agencies, financial impacts of various policy options, terminology in current usage, and future trends. Study findings demonstrate that the literature is not an accurate reflection of leaders' perceptions. Rather, the findings suggest that there is in actuality far less disagreement between open door and no-kill animal agency leaders regarding no-kill policy issues than there is between proponents of these issues writing in animal control and welfare publications. Results suggest, contrary to the literature, that it is possible for leaders of these differing philosophies to partner together in addressing the animal welfare issues in their communities.