9th Life Hawai'i will host the state's first No Kill Conference on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Nahele Banquet Room at Kahili Golf Course, 2500 Lower Honoapi'ilani Highway in Wailuku.
As the principal organization of the No Kill Movement on Maui, 9th Life Hawai'i is bringing together three leaders in this movement from across the country.
"Meet some of the leaders of the "No Kill Movement" who will share their success stories about taking municipal, open-admission shelters (much like Maui Humane Society) to no-kill status," said 9th Life Hawai'i CEO Phyllis Tavares.
"If you love animals, you should not miss this conference," said Tavares.
Nathan Winograd, who created the first no-kill community in Tompkins County, New York, now heads the San Francisco-based No Kill Advocacy Center. Appellate Attorney Ryan Clinton co-founded No Kill Austin in Texas, which became the largest no-kill community in the U.S. in 2011 with a 90 percent save-rate at its open-admission shelter. Diane Blankenburg is the community programs/development director of the Nevada Humane Society, also an open-admission shelter that implemented the "No Kill Equation" and went from an 80 percent kill ratio to a 92-plus percent save ratio.
"These three have walked the walk and talked the talk and this conference is being held so other 'kill communities' can emulate their success," said Tavares. "If they can do it, so can we."
Pre-register at $50 is per person; $75 at the door. A buffet lunch with vegan options is included.