: having or being a policy that prohibits killing
a no-kill fishing tournament
especially : having or being a policy that prohibits or severely limits the euthanizing of animals in a shelter
"I will spare no expense on veterinary care for our pets," says Renee, who has nine cats and is on the board of a no-kill shelter. Catherine Fredman
… shelters can euthanize up to 10 percent of their animals for reasons of health and temperament, and still be considered "no-kill." Greg Allen

Examples of no-kill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nonprofit, which was formed in 1975, is one of the oldest no-kill animal shelters and rescues in Connecticut. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 31 Mar. 2024 As a no-kill shelter, the Humane Society of Harford County will not consider euthanizing dogs in order to make available space, Citrullo said. Ben Terzi, Baltimore Sun, 14 Mar. 2024 The no-kill shelter, which is in Manhattan, has an operating budget of about $3 million and houses about 100 dogs and cats at a time. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 1 Mar. 2024 Sora first arrived at Valley Animal Center — the largest no-kill shelter in California's Central Valley — over 900 days ago after the dog's previous owner surrendered the pet. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 26 Feb. 2024 However, even no-kill shelters may euthanize aggressive dogs that cannot safely be adopted. Kff Health News, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Hailing from Great American Family Channel and North Shore Animal League America — the world's largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization — the Rescue Bowl will of course feature adorable playmaking on the field, but ultimately seeks to raise awareness of the importance of animal adoption. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 30 Jan. 2024 Ten Lives is a nonprofit no-kill cat shelter and was established about 24 years ago. John Wawrow, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2024 Funds raised by the $5 entry fee per dog will go to Great Plains SPCA, a local no-kill animal rescue and shelter organization. Bill Brownlee, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of no-kill was in 1964

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“No-kill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no-kill. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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