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May 25, 2010


Lisa in OH

Actually I do believe "Do you still believe that shelters are killing animals because of 'pet overpopulation' or because of the 'irresponsible public" even though the numbers indicate that this isn't so?"

Being in rescue, I see first hand the sheer number of dogs being created and see the small number of people willing to step up and care for those dogs

But I also believe that much more could be done to stop the pet over population issue that I see on a daily basis


Lisa, I think your last sentence really hits on the major point - a lot more could be done to stave off the problems than are being done in a large number of shelters across the country. Many still have inconvenient adoption hours (10-5 M-Sat). Many still don't do off-site adoptions on a regular basis. And many places (OH is the worst here) have bad laws that cause a lot of animals of particular types to not get placed because of the restrictions or that caused animals to end up in the shelters in the first place.

However, I've been amazed to watch what has happened across the state line from me - -in Kansas City, KS. This shelter used to kill 85% of the animals it impounded, and within a year, essentially became no kill in spite of a bunch of bad laws but because one organization worked out a deal to take all of their animals and dedicated themselves to finding homes.

Fort Worth, TX hadn't had a no kill week in over a decade, and then opened up a permanent adoption center in a local PetSmart. Not only have they had 2 consecutive no-kill weeks, they are now pulling adoptables from other shelters in the area because they are running out of animals to adopt out.

There will always be irresponsible owners out there -- but that's the entire point of the shelter and rescue system is to provide opportunities for these pets who have been failed by their owners to find new homes. And it seems that too many shelters want to blame the irresponsible public instead of doing some of the things that will successfully help these animals find homes. And seeing several shelters make dramatic turnarounds in a short amount of time shows that it can be done...


Maybe if there weren't so many craptastic laws in Ohio there wouldn't be so many pets in the shelters in the first place.

Why are our "shelters/rescues" never held accountable for their irresponsibility? The shelters/rescues that ARE responsible and say no to killing seem to have plenty of help.

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