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A Letter from a Shelter Manager - anonymous in North Carolina
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.
My point to all of this DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!
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.
How to find a true No Kill shelter or rescue group: http://www.examiner.com/dog-rescue-in-national/how-to-find-a-true-no-kill-shelter-or-rescue-group
This has to be reblogged, please people we need to stop this!
I feel so horrible :(
This post has 4,000 notes. A gif of a turtle trying to eat a tomato has over 100k WAKE THE FUCK UP PEOPLE!
I can’t hold down the lunch I just ate.
I hate people.
I just died a little inside. it’s shit like this that makes me sad I can’t have pets where I’m at.
How the HECK has this only got 8000 notes??? I don’t agree with stopping to breed your animals because if nobody breeds there will be no more but i do agree with all the rest.
This makes me feel like I’ve earned the right to own a pet. Almost all the pets that we own were adopted from the local animal shelter (2 of our cats however where not, though they were not breed and sold, they are related to the same stay momma cat that my grandpa took in, then had fixed once the kittens were born). Specifically the shelter itself rescues as many pets as it can from kill shelters all along the east coast (In fact our dog was a rescue). They even have their own veterinarian clinic right across the parking lot, where each animal that is brought in (save for a few exceptions) is fixed and given the necessary shots and medications. They even take in cat’s with leukemia! And the best part about them. The only profit they get is from the adoption fees (which are pretty cheep), so they get most of their supplies from donations.
However, this shelter is still constantly packed with animals and I myself am amazed that they’re always bringing in new animals. These people are amazing and wonderful, and all the animals there deserve a home. This post should speak to people. They need to realize that pets aren’t just some object that can be used and thrown away whenever you want and then get a new one, only to do the same thing to it. Pets are living beings with thoughts and feelings and should never have to be treated this way. And while the shelter my family goes to adopt and donate supplies to is wonderful and truly an amazing place, people need to realize that most animal shelters are not like mine. So please, when you think about getting a pet, google animal shelters within your area. Don;t worry about the age or breed or whatever, because once you bring that pet home with you, it’ll light up your world. And you’ll know that you’ve just made that animal’s life 10 times better then what it was before.
I WANT YOU ALL TO FUCKING READ THIS I FEEL SO PASSIONATELY ABOUT THIS PLEASE ADOPT IM BEGGING YOU TO ADOPT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
THESE ANIMALS ARE GOOD ANIMALS THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THEM. PLEASE IM FUCKING SOBBING RIGHT NOW JUST ADOPT PLEASE
Also, every prospective pet owners need to educate themselves about their desired pets before actually deciding to buy or adopt them, or else these animals will just end up in the same place over and over again.
Reblogged from Nerdasaur.