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created on 09/04/2010  |

read this!!! - animal shelter

I saw this on another CL and wanted to repost it here. grab a tissue and read. 

I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a shelter manager, I 
am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside 
if you will. 

First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the 
"back" of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life 
drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind 
about breeding and selling to people you don't even know. 

That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's 
not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that 
there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter 
it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the 
dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into my shelter 
are purebred dogs. 

The most common excuses I hear are; "We are moving and we can't take our 
dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving too that doesn't allow pets? 
Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did 
you think a German Shepherd would get? "We don't have time for her". 
Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! 
"She's tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family? 
They always tell me "We just don't want to have to stress about finding 
a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog". 

Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being 
in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a 
new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if 
the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. 
If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel 
in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to 
relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it 
will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is 
lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a 
walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl 
of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen 
with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the 
"Bully" breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead 
when you walked it through the front door. 

Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 
'well behaved' they are. 

If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is 
full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn't full and your dog is 
good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of 
execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after 
about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest 
dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of 
those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper 
respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't 
have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment. 

Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never 
witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down". 

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always 
look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their 
tails. Until they get to "The Room", every one of them freaks out and 
puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or 
they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it 
happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held 
down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they 
are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will 
find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink 
stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. 
I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the 
resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all 
don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air 
and defecate on themselves. 

When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a 
large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed 
waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken 
to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know and it probably 
won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy 
another one, right? 

I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out 
and can't get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the 
way home from work. 

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be 
there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you 
are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter. 

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you 
can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are 
always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there 
are homes. 


Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I 
just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, 
taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that 
someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this and it made me 
want to adopt". THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT 

For those of you that care--- please repost this to at least one other 
craiglist in another city/state. Let's see if we can get this all around 
the US and have an impact. 
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