This is Boks third kitten season. During that tme, Animal Services has never developed a successful neonatal program. Every shelter director in the country has told me a massive foster program is essential to no kill.
What saved Boks last year is his kitten refusal policy, redefining 4 week old kittens as cats, and some speculate taking them directly from reception to the bump room. 2,800 fewer kittens were "officially" killed as kittens.
But fosters--at least those we know of--saved only 2%.
Without fosters, low kill absolutely cannot be attained.
Last year Boks torpedoed a neonatal program proposed by Shankar and Bell. This year I hear nothing at all.
I understand that it is easy to complain, but why hasn't it happened?
Boks is right, it does take the entire community to make it work, but that is his job and it hasn't happened. It has happened elsewhere, such as in San Francisco and to a lesser degree in Philadelphia.
Ed, why is it not happening? Talk to us about what the problems are so that we can help. Just aksing for fosters on a blog or a press release will do nothing. Where are the programs, volunteers and coordinators?