Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia
During this week’s episode of Small Business Saturday Philadelphia, we sat down with Samantha Holbrook, President of Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, a local non-profit organization.
Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia is an animal welfare advocacy organization. It was founded in 2009. The organization is committed to saving all healthy and treatable animals from Philadelphia shelters, changing the current systems present in Philadelphia shelters, and working to make Philadelphia a no-kill city.
The no-kill model will save the lives of the 10,000+ cats, dogs and small animals that die each year in Philadelphia shelters because of overpopulation and lack of resources.
The organization’s members consists of dedicated pet owners that are working to find a way to save animals in need. The members work with each other, local shelters, Philly pet owners, and elected officials to adopt the no-kill model in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is an extremely pet-friendly city, so the group believes that this can easily be achieved. Currently, Philly has a shelter save rate of 85%. This is outstanding considering the size of the city and the number of animals located within the city.
When CNKP was started, city shelters did not have any of the current programs available that they have now. Initiatives such as adoption days and open door policies for the public to visit the animals did not exist. CNKP aims to tackle the problem of animal euthanasia from both ends. They do this by working with pet owners to provide them with resources to avoid pet surrender and by working with shelters to change their current systems.
CNKP runs an amazing program called the Community Pet Help Desk where they provide resources for pet owners in need. Some of the resources they provide are:
- Community Pet Pantry – This program provides free pet food and supplies for pets of low-income individuals.
- Pet-Friendly House – This feature includes an interactive map of the city. It connect pet owners with pet-friendly housing and hotels in the city.
- Behavior Assistance – This option connects pet owners with online resources and volunteers to solve tricky pet behavior issues.
Samantha is Board President of CNKP. She works with her board to implement the programs that Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia run. Samantha has been active in the animal welfare world since 2008. She loves what she does. Samantha is currently juggling her duties as a mom, to both furbabies and a 7-month-old son, and her duties as a working professional. Her favorite dog? The Philly Special! (Listen to the full episode to learn what that is).
One of the ways CNKP raises awareness for the no-kill initiative is through events. Each year, they host With love – Super Adoption Day. This normally takes place at the Schmidt’s Commons Piazza. During this event, local shelters and rescue groups take over the Piazza for the day. This event promotes adopting and fostering programs through Philly shelters and adoption