Since we have had some posts about shelters NOT euthanizing dogs, I was wondering if any of you had seen a documentary about a woman who runs a shelter. She does euthanize because she feels it is inhumane for a dog to live out their life in a shelter if it is never adopted out. Of couse she also euthanizes if the dog is not an adoptable pet, as in too aggressive. I believe the woman who owns the shelter her name is Sue Steinberg and she specializes in rehabilitating dogs. It is a very good documentary. Just wondering what are your thoughts on euthanizing.... do you feel no matter what it is inhumane? Is it more humane to let a dog live out its life in a small cell?
This link gives some information on the doc. Shelter Dogs
Yes Sunny, she would take them to McDonalds for their last meal. I saw it on HBO. It was a very good documentarty. I don't think her methods were bad towards the dogs in anyway. You could see she really cared for all of them. IMO
It was on HBO. I didn't agree with her on the cocker. From the moment he came in she didn't want to help him, because he had been in shelters to much of his life. She said he was a biter. But when she was grooming him, and pulling on his ears and hair with dull saver, he didn't bit. Also she gave him a pig ear, which he most likley had never had before, and had to really mess with him to get him to bit the fake hand.
many shelters will not use her methods as they are geared to make every dog bite/fail. She tests dogs often the minute they come thru the door, with no time to get aclimated to new surroundings & no chance of getting over the trauma they have experienced.
Trying to grab food away from a dog should never happen.
Her methods are used as a way to "adjust" the euth numbers so shelters can say they are not euth'ing any ADOPTABLE animals, thus being eligible for $$ from places like Maddies fund
The no kill shelters I have seen only crate their dogs at night. These dogs are allowed to run and play with the other dogs. Volunteers are there to pet and care for the dogs as the staff. Kinda like a doggie day care. I know it is far from having a home but if they wouldn't have keep Wiley there for a year, I wouldn't never had the privilege to have him in my life.