I just went to a new shelter today looking
Posted by kristalynramirez at 07/10/2013
I just went to a new shelter today looking to adopt a dog with little time to rescue and find it a home. My husband is allergic to cats so we cannot have any. There was this little black and white kitten about 8 weeks old, quiet, nice and playful. She has been there a week today and that is there limit! I just did not feel right leaving her there and I cried the whole way home. I would be willing to pay her adoption fee even though and whatever else if the right person would give her a home. I hope she is not dead by then. I am going to call the shelter and tell her that I am coming to get her. They are closed tomorrow because that's when they get rid of the old animals. Please someone respond. Thanks you can text me at 714-615-8870. I live in temecula, ca
But ... I would definitely NOT support a "shelter" that kills animals after ONE WEEK? C'mon? That is a slaughterhouse....
If you adopt an animal from what you call a "kill" shelter, you are obviously saving that animals life, no?
Only a very small percentage of shelters can afford to be "no kill". It's not their fault that they have so many "unwanted" "pets" to deal with.
Instead of bad-mouthing the vast majority of shelters (most of which are doing the best they can), why not help them expand? Why not foster animals from these shelters?
I abhor the killing of any animals, including humans, but I must admit that dying from an injection of barbiturates is better than being shot, drowned or starved to death, as would be the norm but for animal shelters. Even at the shelters that do euthanize, animals are being saved from extreme cruelty and many find homes...it would be far worse without them.
This is my opinion after being an Animal Control Officer for a year during the almost forty years that I have been an activist for animals. I've marched, protested, donated, written many articles, essays and a few books...and been jailed for my efforts...so I hope my opinion carries a little weight.
The homeless animal population problem boils down to an issue of supply and demand. We are fools to focus on the demand side. The long term solution to the problem is on the supply side. Allow me to elaborate.
With the current pet overpopulation problem, we could fill up every pet lover's home with 20 dogs and cats and we still would not be able to house all the homeless animals. In other words, increasing the demand for homeless animals is helpful but is not the long term solution to the problem. Similarly, no-kill shelters are wonderful for the animals in the no-kill shelters, but they do nothing to address the bigger issue of pet overpopulation. Every shelter cannot be a no-kill shelter unless we are going to have no-kill shelters the size of New York City. There simply are too many homeless animals.
The solution lies on the supply side. Specifically, spaying/neutering and making the breeding of cats and dogs illegal. Until there are no more homeless pets being euthanized in shelters, we should not purposely be breeding more. Not only should puppy mills be illegal, even the "responsible" breeding of cats and dogs needs to be illegal until we have the homeless animal population under control. Likewise, spaying and neutering of pets needs to be mandatory for all animals. It should be illegal to own a cat or dog and not have them spayed or neutered. And spaying/neutering needs to be free or very low cost. Just like each city has a coroner, a recorder of deeds and other such municipal employees, each city should have a veterinarian whose full time job is performing spay/neuter surgeries.
From a fiscal point or view, think of all the taxpayer money being spent every year on housing and euthanizing homeless pets. If we implemented a nation-wide crack down like the one I'm proposing with strict anti-breeding and pro-spay/neuter laws that were actively enforced and spaying/neutering was a free community service, it would not be long until we would have the pet overpopulation problem under control. It would be a short term expenditure for long term savings.
Does this sound extreme? The first time you hear an idea that hasn't been proposed before it can sound extreme. The reality is, we have an extreme homeless animal problem in America: 2.7 million animals are euthanized in our country each year. If the problem is going to be solved, we need to take extreme measures or the killing will continue.
Your sentiments are heart-felt and appreciated.
But if a dog or a cat knew about the millions of their kind being killed because of HUMAN thoughtlessness, I believe they might opt for birth control themselves.
There is an option that might satisfy you and HappyCowGirl (whose comments are equally well-stated), and that is vasectomy and tubal ligation.
I found a vet that did a vasectomy for my boy Jacob (who surprisingly had sired a litter at a very young age) in 1973. Jacob thus enjoyed thirteen years of sex, without fear of creating "unwanted" pups.
I included a chapter on this topic in my last book.