I want your honest opinion. Do you believe that animal shelters should be no-kill shelters? Or do you think that euthanizing, or "putting to sleep" is more humane? Read what I have to say, please.
I actually think that euthanizing is not all that bad. Let me tell you a story about a no-kill shelter. OK, when I was visiting a city near mine, I visited a no-kill shelter. It was...horrible. A man who worked there showed me around. In the first cage, I couldn't see the dog. Then I called "Here doggy!" and this huge dog lunged at me, hackles raised, growling and snarling. It could have killed me if it wasn't for the wire seperating us. The man showing me aroung explained that this dog was unadoptable (duh) and they would have put it to sleep, but they didn't because that would ruin their reputation. Anyways, at the next cage was another dog. The man said this dog had been at the shelter for seven years - seven years!! The dog looked so sad. It was so bored that it kept spinning around and around and around in its cage. Then it started biting the wire of the cage. It was mentally...something. The dog in the next cage was aggresive. Not as bad as the first one, though. The dog in the cage after that was extremely shy. It was cowarding in its dog house, shaking at the sight of humans. I felt for it. In the shelter I visited, there were, however, perfectly happy, healthy, and friendly dogs. BUT...I feel that those other dogs wanted to die. I'm sure they would rather go to Heaven then to spend year after year after year living out their lives in a wire kennel, never getting a good sleep because of countless dogs barking around them. These dogs want to die. Not euthanizing them is being more cruel than good. You aren't doing those dogs a favour. This is were I agree with euthanizing.
BUT there are also lots of times where I don't agree with euthanasia...like when a perfectly friendly dog has to be put to sleep. At the shelter located in my city, Thursday is dubbed "killing day." Seriously. Every Thursday, all the animals are put to sleep for a simple reason - lack of room. I think that is horrible. I mean, give the animals more of a chance than that. They want to live, at least for the time being.
Now I want your opinion. You have read my reasons for disliking some no-kill shelters. Do you agree with euthanizing? Tell me your thoughts and comments with what I have wrote.
***Edited By: Dana Ro on 5/7/2006 5:59:02 PM*** Reason: sp
A lot of no kill shelters will humanely pts dog's beyond hope either from illness, or severe problems. Most no kills aren't truely 'under no circumstance will we pts any pet'. I don't see the point in necessarily trying to rehabilitate any animal who walks through a rescue or shelters door when so many healthy pets will fewer problems are without homes and being pts for no reason elsewhere though.
I do not like no kill shelters. Its sad but not every animal has a chance and I'd rather see a dog get a hom than have one be in a shelter for three years before it dies. With most no kill shelters it will fill up and puppies and dogs that would adopt easilly are turned away and euthenized while the harder to adopt out dogs are kept. Its sad:(
I dont think dogs being put to sleep is bad.Its sad but even if every person in the world adopted a sheletr dog there would still be too many.I dont think no kill shelters are all that great.The rescue that I volunteer for,she has a great pyranees that is 13.He grew up in a no kill shelter for 12 years.He never had a family of his own.I think thats sad.This dog also walks wierd from being on cement his whole life.
Its sad but I dont see where a shelter could afford to operate with out euthanizing. So its one of those evils we have to tolerate so we can atleast have some sort of system to recycle dogs for adoption. Whats even more depressing for us cat lovers, is the ratio for cat's being adopted compared to dogs is even lesser. But I dont see any other remedy.
I agree with mafia, with so many out there trying to save them all is just an unobtainable goal. We should concentrait on those that are adoptable and friendly.
Another thing I find foolish is this:
A few years ago people were raising money to import dogs from a third world country so the people there didn't eat them??? What the heck it cost $10,000 or more to smuggle these dogs into america, put them through quarentine and find homes. Why?? There are enough here why import some from a country where they had little to no good human contact.
I have nothing against people who live in these countries that adopt a stray as a mascot for their army troop or what not it's their pet let them have it. But the thousands of dollars spent to bring these dogs to save them from being eaten is stupid.
I know I will probably be alone in saying this, and no I would never eat my dog, but in all reality dog is what those people have to eat, let them do it. I don't like the way they slaughter them, but I don't want my cow cruely slaughtered either. There are many cultures that would never eat cow, and some that would never eat pig. I don't listen to them about what I should eat, who am I to tell someone they can't eat dog, as long as they stay the hell away from my dogs.
i dont like that many dogs spend there life in a shelter but some shelters are not caged and some stay in a foster home and that is better then a cage but i dont think they should spend there lifes in cages if people would just quit BYB there would be so much less dogs in the world and if people would just spay or neuter and i wish people would quit thinking that the only good dog is a purebred b/c that is so on true i had a purebred and it was very aggressive and i will never have one again
Mafia, I understand that. And I wish, like you said, that shelters only should euthanize a dog that is super aggresive or has a bad illness. Luckily, you're right, most shelters do do that, but a few don't.
Joce, I totally agree. When I back at my house after visited that horrible shelter, I thought that if they would have humanely euthanized those really aggresive dogs, it would have made room for for more, adoptable dogs. But they don't, so other dogs that would have been adoptable aren't taken in. Like you said, it's very sad.
jgermansh, yes, I wish more shelters were cageless. The problem with that, though, is that some dogs aren't good with other dogs. Foster homes are very good, too. And the problem with overpopulation with shelters is that people just don't think castrating (spaying/neutering) their dogs isn't all that important, but it is!! Oh...and purebreds aren't all agressive. I own two purebred dogs at the moment, and they are great.
***Edited By: Dana Ro on 5/7/2006 6:29:51 PM*** Reason: add
Both of my Shiba Inu, my parents Shiba Inu, and the one my sister rescued al have wonderful temperments. All are regestered and well bred for the most part. The rescue came from a questionable breeder, but she had good temperments, just some ugly shibas. And Ruffians breeder has become questionable in recent years but she is 11 years old and dates back to some of the first shibas imported into North America.
When I think of a shelter, no kill or not.. I usually am thinking of a large building, dogs in cages. By rescue, usually it's a smaller operation, often based soley out of foster homes, or having a really small 'shelter space' to show dogs from.
I wouldn't think of most shelters, even no kill ones utilizing much foster care.
But it becomes a hot topic for some euthinizing dogs that don't stand a chance.. but there are so many healthy ones who stand a better chance and not enough homes for any of them that's it's really sad.
Pet overpopulation is a big problem not only in Texas, but all over the country. The simple truth is there are too many homeless dogs and not enough good homes. Having our pets altered is a solid and effective defense against overpopulation in that it places few and fewer offspring in kill-shelters. Below are a few of the grisly statistics compiled by national publications and animal rights organizations. If we are aware of the problem, perhaps we can be part of the solution.
It costs U.S. taxpayers an estimated $2 billion each year to round up, house, kill, and dispose of homeless animals. (USA Today)
Over 56% of dogs and puppies entering shelters are killed, based on reports from over 1,055 facilities across America. (National Counsel on Pet Population Study)
An estimated 5 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year. That's one about every six and one half seconds. (The Humane Society of the United States) Millions more are abandoned, only to suffer from illness or injury before dying. (Doris Day Animal League)
In six years one unspayed female and her offspring, can reproduce 67,000 dogs (Spay USA)
Less than 3% of dog guardians are responsible for surplus births (Save Our Strays)
The perceived high cost of altering is not the problem, but the lack of education on its benefits. On average it costs approximately $100 to capture, house, feed and eventually kill a homeless animal - a cost that ultimately comes out of our pocket. Low cost spay/neuter services are far below that amount. (Doris Day Animal League)
The cost of having a pregnant female can be much higher than the cost of spaying
Seven dogs & cats are born every day for each person born in the U.S. Of those, only 1 in 5 puppies and kittens say in their original home for their natural lifetime. The remaining 4 are abandoned to the streets or end up at a shelter (The Humane Society of the United States)
Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals (Spay USA)
The public acquires only 14% of its pets from shelters; 48% get their pets as strays, from friends, from animal rescuers, 38% get their pets from breeders or pet stores (The Humane Society of the United States)
Only 30% of dog guardians are aware of the pet-overpopulation problem (Massachusetts SPCA survey 1993)
In a study of relinquishment of cats and dogs in 12 U.S. animal shelters, 30% of the surrendered dogs were purebreds. The same study indicated that 55% of the surrendered dogs and 47% of the surrendered cats were unaltered. (Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science)
The Humane Society of the United States provided these statistics:
Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year: 8–10 million (HSUS estimate) Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year: 4–5 million (HSUS estimate) Number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year: 3–5 million (HSUS estimate) Number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year: Between 600,000 and 750,000—15–30% of dogs and 2–5% of cats entering shelters (HSUS estimate) Number of animal shelters in the United States: Between 4,000 and 6,000 (HSUS estimate) Percentage of dogs in shelters who are purebred: 25% (HSUS estimate) Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year: 2 Average number of puppies in a canine litter: 6–10
I feel that those other dogs wanted to die. I'm sure they would rather go to Heaven then to spend year after year after year living out their lives in a wire kennel, never getting a good sleep because of countless dogs barking around them. These dogs want to die.
i am not quite sure any animal wants to die. all species are programmed for survival. all animals are programmed with a survival mechanism referred to as fight or flight. both are mechanisms each species has when confronted with a life or death situation.
i can't explain my position on euthanasia without coming across as a kind of hypocrit. it is a very touchy subject for me and one i wrestle with a lot even in medically necessary situations.
scout, we all have differing opinions...I meant the dogs that have been there for 5+ years and the dogs who spend all their time at the animal shelter cowaring in their kennel because they're scared of humans...I still think those dogs would rather die than live a life like that...
I watched a non-fiction movie called Shelter Dogs. it was good. An animal dies in a shelter every 6 seconds only in the US. People really need to be responsible enough to castrate their dogs and cats...I mean, come on, it's not all that hard!
Shelters always make me so sad...I mean, you watch the cats sleep in their litter box because their cage is too small for a bed...you see dogs incredibly bored and annoyed with the endless barking of other dogs...you watch dogs spin around and around in their cage due to boredom and lack of excersice...animal shelters are heartbreaking.