To be a “no-kill” shelter means that the shelter does not euthanize or “put animals to sleep” for lack of space. Due to this factor, Valley Animal Center (and other no-kill shelters) can only accept animals based on the current available space in the shelter.
How are you different from the SPCA or local animal control?
The SPCA (or a local animal control facility) is an “open-admission” shelter, meaning they are required to accept all lost, stray and abandoned animals from the public, regardless of medical condition or adoptability. As a result, the SPCA must euthanize animals that have been awaiting adoption in order to make space for additional incoming animals.
In order to lower their rate of euthanasia, local animal control facilities partner with local no-kill shelters and rescues to assist in taking many healthy and adoptable animals from their facility that have simply run out of time to be adopted.