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No-kill animal movement finds home

Many area animal shelters vow to keep pets safe until adoption (no matter how long it takes)

The MetroWest Humane Society in Ashland is based in a bright, cheerful, three-story house with rooms full of cats. It’s a place where the “no kill” shelter movement has taken root, part of the transformation in the treatment of unwanted animals in Massachusetts and across the country.

Marlene Simmons, the shelter’s manager, said the facility euthanizes cats only if they are extremely ill, but not if they are old or have some physical problems.

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