- 7 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
Yes!! I have to stay away from the shelters, because I want to take every single animal home with me 🙁 I get sooooo sad knowing how many animals feel unloved and unwanted, it breaks me heart
@MrsSl82be- I want to take every one of them home. I have a friend who helps foster homes get the word out about their dogs and I just want to rescue them all. It makes me question myself about how many is too many lol
Awwwww, yes! My baby Sophie (dog) was adopted by my husband & I from the shelter! Its the only way to go!!!!!!!!!!! I would never buy from a pet store.
@Mrs. Estep- I’m with you. I have two wonderful dogs from the shelter and I had great childhood memories with shelter dogs too.
This is a long read but an eye opener, I posted it on my facebook.
A Letter from a Shelter Manager – anonymous in North Carolina
I think our socie…ty 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.
I told hubs our next house has to have a few acres, so we can get a bunch of dogs from the shelter. I also want a barn so I can have barn cats, and I absolutely want a teacup pig!!! We aren’t having kids, so I will satisfy my mommyness with having lots o pets!
Hahaha…oh yeah. We are fostering a kitty right now that I don’t know if I am going to be able to give up. My cat was rescued as a stray when he was a kitten, (I found him in a parking lot). My dog is a foster failure.
I watch “Animal Cops” almost religiously. I check Petfinder.com frequently. I follow the local pound of Facebook so I can see what dogs and cats come in and if there is any way to help, (this is where our current foster kitty came from). I am a massage therapist, and a friend and I have done chair massages to raise money for a local rescue.
I hate, hate, hate seeing animals in shelter-type situations. If I had the money and the space, I would have more. I would love to have a sanctuary at some point, but unless I win the lottery, I don’t see that happening, (I refuse to be one of those people who “rescue” animals and let it turn into a hoarding situation).
I have to practially bite my tongue off every time someone buys a dog or a cat from a pet store or backyard breeder instead of adopting from a shelter, (or at a minimum, researching breeds and buying through a responsible breeder). One of my friends just brought home a “hypoallergenic” mutt who “doesn’t shed”, and I really had to watch what I said!
@michkarose: I am crying, and will repost to my fb as well. Its so true, all of it, and it just breaks my heart. I have a pit bull, and she is the sweetest thing in the world. We got her cuz a friend couldn’t keep her, and we always played with her when we went to visit. She had some issues, and would have never lasted in a shelter for a minute. She’s my baby, and I can’t imagine what those animals go through. I love all bully breeds, and will make it my mission to hopefully one day be able to afford to open a no kill shelter for them, or at least be able to foster as many as possible until they can find good homes.
After we get married, Fiance and I want to adopt a couple dogs. But am I the only one having trouble finding shelters in my area? I don’t know if I’m looking in the right place
I am so glad we went with a shelter cat for our big boy. He’s lazy but he’s wonderful.
I have seen that letter before, I cried so hard the first time I read it. Still water up reading it! I am the same way, I walk the shelters…I want to take them all home….I check petfinder often, it breaks my heart….I look on Craigslist and shake my head and shed a tear for the animals in the “stories” and “reasons” these people “have” to get rid of their pet. I am just one person, I can not do everything but I can do something. So I foster. Its hard, I hear people say “i couldnt do it, i couldnt foster, I would want to keep them all and get attatched, i have TOO BIG a heart’ So what is that saying about me? I dissagree, you HAVE to have a big heart, and I do, I am not hearless to where I send them out of my home not feeling a thing, you have to be strong. I cry everytime I place a dog/cat in a new home and they leave mine. But they are not all sad tears. I tell all my fosters that they have to go, not because I dont love them, but because I need to help more of his/her friends. You have to tell yourself that if you “keep” a foster and choose to adopt a foster you took in, that its going to take away a spot of another you could take in and re-home. If that makes sense. The Rescue I work with, if you foster and DO choose to adopt one of your fosters (what we call Foster Fail 101) then you HAVE to agree you will STILL continue to foster, if you dont, you dont get to adopt the dog. Thats something our director tells EVERYONE who begins to foster from the get-go, and I honestly agree with it. You loose too many foster homes if not. We DID Foster Fail, but we will continued to foster as many as we did before. : )
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