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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (FOX13) -

Charles Reinhorn is a retired healthcare administrator. He has more than twenty-five years of experience dealing with improving the lives of people but now, he's focused on prolonging the lives of animals in the city's shelter by turning it into a no-kill facility.

In front of a crowd at the Olive Branch Municipal Court Tuesday evening, Dr. Charles Reinhorn presented his plan to turn the Olive Branch Animal Shelter into a no-kill shelter.

It's something Reinhorn says is feasible, and is being done around the country.

Reinhorn says, "I just came from a no-kill conference in Washington DC.  There were people there with all sorts of fantastic stories about turnarounds in less than a year.  This is not something that takes 5 years, we're talking about immediately."

Reinhorn's goal is to improve the shelters save rate to 90% and have it detached from the Olive Branch Police Department, which currently runs the shelter. Last year, the save rate for strays in Olive Branch was 83%.

There are about three million animals killed every year in shelters. They're killed because they don't have a home.  There are seventeen million people every year in the market for a new pet. So, that means there are about six willing households per pet that goes in the shelter. 

Animal advocate Denise Novak, who is actively involved in animal rescue, says she's torn on the no-kill-topic. "I'm pro and con because I know a lot of shelters have a no-kill policy and you have got animals on a waiting list to come in."

 

She says to make Olive Branch "no-kill" is a lofty goal with so many homeless animals in the area and so few people willing to foster.

"There have to be people step up and take animals in their home because they can't keep them at the shelter," says Novak.

Still, Reinhorn is convinced a no-kill shelter in Olive Branch will work with a back-door plan to send animals to other states when the shelters get too crowded.

"There are hundreds of dogs transported to the NE each week from the south where there are pet shortages," Reinhorn said.

Reinhorn says there are currently four cities in the mid-south with 90-percent-plus save rates that are no-kill; West Memphis, Southaven, Hernando and Tunica.

The board of alderman will review Reinhorn's proposal over the next few weeks before deciding if they'll move forward on a no-kill shelter.

One last thing, many of the people at the meeting tonight want to remind folks: ‘Please, spay or neuter your pets! It helps cut back on the pet population.'

We invite you to enjoy the two-screen experience with us tonight...on TV and online.

 List of "No-Kill" shelters: http://www.nokillnetwork.org/d/Mississippi/

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