A couple of weeks ago I saw this blog posting by Austin Pets Alive: "Falling in Love with the "Last 10%".
It's a great post. While Austin has (rightfully) earned its place among the leaders of the No Kill Movement, it doesn't mean that animals are not still dying. No kill recognizes that for the average shelter, about 10% of the animals will be either too sick to treat and adopt out -- and euthanasia is the only humane option, or have behavioral issues or aggression and shouldn't be adopted out.
However, among that group, are a lot of dogs with behavioral issues that with a lot of time and training CAN overcome those issues and be perfectly suited for a home. This post is Austin Pets Alive's way of highlighting these dogs and soliciting the donations necessary to save many of these remaining 10%.
It is pretty common for many shelters to use some form of temperament testing to "test out" dogs with behavioral issues and mark them for euthanasia. While certainly it would be irresponsible to adopt a truly aggressive dog into a home, many can, with effort, be saved - and temp test should be designed to identify behavioral issues, not as a "pass/fail" test where failing means death.
While not all shelters have the capacity to work with these dogs in a shelter environment (and sometimes the shelter environment as a whole can be not conducive for highly aroused dogs), having a stable of skilled foster homes available can often be a great way to rehabilitate these dogs.
So bravo Austin.