Any shelter that falls below a 90% euthanization rate is considered a “No Kill” shelter. While we at Nashville Humane Association appreciate the need for some shelters to classify themselves, we also understand that phrases like “No Kill” are loaded terms and don’t entirely represent the day-to-day rigors necessary to responsibly run operations and care for pets. Simply, there is no one single solution. While we do euthanize animals, it is never a quick nor easy decision, and it is always necessary due to illness, injury, or dangerous and aggressive behavior problems. That said, for many years running now, we have had a 99% save rate, which is amazing, and something we’re proud of — not because of a specific number, but because the number represents the work, care, attention, caution, and consideration that goes into a difficult decision like euthanasia. This number may not be realistic every year, but we can certainly have it as a goal, while still remaining realistic and pragmatic about the challenges that come with caring for thousands of pets annually.