no-kill

adjective \ ˈnō-ˈkil \

Definition of no-kill

: 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

First Known Use of no-kill

1964

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