K9Nation is an organization dedicated to the overall welfare of our best friends—meaning domestic dogs and cats.We humans brought these animals into our culture, and it is our goal to ensure that they live harmoniously with us.K9Nation provides advocacy and protection in five basic areas:education, rescue and adoption, legislation, certification, and research.
Though we are nationally coordinated, the work of K9Nation is in the hands of its supporters in local units called Kommunities. Therefore K9Nation is the only true national and locally based organization animal welfare organization.
“We must expand on the meaning of Rescue and Adoption. Concerned and compassionate Americans must Rescue our dogs and cats from the people who exploit and kill them. We also must Adopt them by taking responsibility for their welfare."--Rodney Hill, K9Nation Founder
K9Nation, a non-profit* and non-partisan organization, is dedicated to the general welfare of the most popular companion animals in the United States:the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) and the domestic cat (Felis catus). In spite of their popularity and their service to mankind, the dog and cat are the most commonly abused of all domesticated animals. _______________________________ *A non-profit organization (abbreviated as NPO, also known as a not-for-profit organization) is an organization that does not distribute its surplus funds to owners or shareholders because there are none.All money generated is used to help pursue its mission and goals.
K9Nation is the coming together of concerned Americans in cities big and small in every state for the betterment of our best animal friends. The strength of the organization lies with its supporters—referred to as “Citizens”—working locally in Kommunities (local units). On the national level, K9Nation coordinates activities of the Kommunity network in achieving the K9N Mission throughout the United States.The only thing common about K9N Citizens is concern for our best friends—our dog and cat companion animals that suffer and die every day and by the millions every year. Other than that, we are as diverse as the American population itself. We are children and adults of all ages from every corner of every state. Though we may differ from the color of our skin to our beliefs, the one belief that unites us all is that our companion animals deserve to live in harmony with humans free from abuse and unwarranted killing.
Currently K9Nation is moving from an idea to a fledgling organization. In this organization phase we are building citizenship throughout America, establishing Kommunities, lining up volunteers, recruiting leadership, and engaging Citizens in creating an operational infrastructure. Our next phase involves a public launch, tantamount to a “grand opening.” At that time K9Nation will officially introduce the newly created organization to the American public.
Cruelty against animals, particularly dogs and cats, has been a concern in America for over 150 years.In spite of the spending of billions of dollars, and the presences of numerous anti-cruelty organizations, cruelty has continued to fester in our society for far too many decades. Why should 4 millions dogs and cats be killed in our shelters every year? Why should so many dogs suffer the torture and death of puppy mills and commercial trafficking even with so much public outcry? Why hasn’t the public conscience been impacted by the violence, abuse, and killing of so many of our innocent and defenseless companion animals? K9Nation was founded to finally take the fight against cruelty of our dogs and cats beyond the influence of special interests, politics, bureaucrats, and perpetrators of greed, and put it into the hands of the millions of Americans who have simply had Enough!
The K9Nation Mission
K9Nation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to replacing the status quo of widespread cruelty and shelter killing of dogs and cats with a new paradigm of respect and empathy in which these animals may live in harmony with man without fear of abuse and unwarranted killing. To this end, our goal is a stabilized and manageable pet population arrived at through extensive citizen involvement at the national and local levels. K9Nation addresses underlying causes of pet overpopulation, and other welfare concerns providing leadership in effecting definitive solutions and a public voice of reform.
K9Nation confronts its challenges with an Action Plan that confronts the problems contributing to pet overpopulation and widespread violence toward dogs and cats. Through the conscience of the public and pet owners, and by impacting breeding, K9N's plan leads to a stabilized pet population with no shelter killing and less violence. In a stabilized environment, cruelty is more manageable, adoption is more manageable, and pet advocacy efforts can achieve significant results. Of course, K9Nation’s foundation is its Kommunities, where the real success of the plan lies.
A Plan With Measurable Results K9Nation’s mission is achieved through eight operational divisions, each with a unique purpose and goals, the success of which can be measured by their results. The purpose and work of the various Divisions are listed in the K9N Action Plan section.
Our Rescue and Adoption Division empowers local Kommunities to embrace local rescue and adoption efforts in unified collaboration. K9Nation’s auxiliary services for local animal control, and other public services are dispensed through its Kommunities with the intention of speeding up our “No-Kill/Yes Adopt” goals everywhere.
The division also integrates Kommunity efforts into a nationwide network that dramatically increases the likelihood of finding medical care and good homes for disowned pets anywhere they may be.
Only a public informed of the reality and plight of suffering dogs and cats will respond to the solutions for controlling cruelty and ending shelter killing. Our Education Division provides opportunities to learn not only about problems and solutions, but also personal responsibilities for pet owners that can impact pet overpopulation.
Special interests and perpetrators of greed and cruelty misrepresent and hide reality in order to promote their abusive agendas. K9Nation’s Research Division seeks facts, accurate statistics, verifiable data, and current information in order to create an environment of actual truth and upfront honesty.
While the majority of an informed public can be expected to cooperate in protecting our dogs and cats from undue abuse, greedy profiteers and those prone to violence—will not. Therefore, our Certification Division identifies those who work in the best interests of our best friends. For those who do not, K9Nation’s Legislation Division provides leadership in controlling cruel behavior that is contrary to the public conscience.
Today’s technology enables a dispersed yet collaborative effort. As an Internet-age organization, instead of a high-rise office building and executive offices, K9Nation can be found in homes, apartments, businesses, and offices, wherever people live and work in the biggest cities, smallest towns, and everywhere else. Our strength lies with the talents, skills, knowledge, and time of Americans who are willing to give unselfishly of themselves with a vision of dramatically impacting the way our best friends are treated.
K9Nation’s methodology is based upon Participatory Support at both the national level and the Kommunity, or local level. As a predominantly volunteer organization, K9N also involves its Citizens in many decision-making processes through what we call Citizen Consensus.
As a member-operated organization, K9Nation depends upon its volunteer supporters to achieve its mission and to attain its goals.
Today’s telecommunications enable K9Nation supporters to come together and interact regardless of where they live. Now concerned individuals can join forces in a civic movement that can impact abuse and shelter killing never before possible. Coming together in this way also enables participation in ways previously impossible. K9Nation supporters have the opportunity to contribute their own personal effort, too.
Success in achieving our goals is greater when each K9N Citizen feels a personal satisfaction from giving of themselves besides financial contributions. Each of us is good at something, and that something can give tremendous support to the K9N mission. Who would have thought that wherever a person lives, writing a press release, printing brochures, editing copy, making a video, or passing out flyers at an information table in front of a supermarket, could help puppy mill dogs, create adoption opportunities, or ending the millions of animals killed in shelters every year?It’s fundamental to K9Nation’s organizational model. What can you do, and what do you want to do?
Citizen input also shapes K9Nation’s direction and issue positions.
It only makes sense that if K9Nation’s Citizens are responsible for financial donations, and contributing their skills and time, that our collective knowledge, experience, and direction come to bear in the organization’s decision-making process. Citizen input is essential in determining policies, procedures, and especially our position on important issues.
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