From a shelter Manager

     As a shelter manager, let’s look at a view from the inside. Anyone who has ever surrendered a pet to a Shelter or Humane Society should have to work in the "back" of an Animal Shelter for just one day. If you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would see, that puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute, little puppy anymore. Odds are your pet won't get adopted & it will stress out while in the Shelter. 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 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, there will be enough volunteers that day to take him/her for a walk. If not, 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 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. If your dog is big, black or any of the "Bully" breeds (Pit Bull, Rottweiler, 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. 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 the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and making money is better than spending money to take care of these animals.


Most Common Excuses:

1. “We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat).

     a. Where are you moving too that doesn't allow pets?

2. “The dog got bigger than we thought it would".

     a. How big did you think a German shepherd would get?

3. "We don't have time for her".

     a. I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!

4. "She's tearing up our yard".

     a. How about making her a part of your family?

5. "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".

     a.There's a 90% chance that dog will NEVER walk out of the shelter where it' was dumped. Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come to a shelter are purebred dogs.


Euthanasia 101

     For those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down". Your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They will look happy and wagging their tail because they think they’re going for a walk. Until they get to "The Room", every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It smells like ‘Death’ and they can feel the sad souls that are left in there. It happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 shelter workers depending on the size and how freaked out they are. A shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) will try and 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. Shelters are trying to make money to pay employee pay checks and don't forget the Board of Directors needs to be paid too. So funds aren’t always used to tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug, we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer until they’re dead. If it were not a "making money issue" and we had to have a Licensed Vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated or tranquilized and then euthanized, but to do this procedure correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a Vet perform their euthanasia's so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. When it all ends, your pets’ corpse will be stacked in a large freezer in the back with all the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. Shelters and Humane Societies exist because people do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat). Between 3 - 4 MILLION Animals DIE every year in Shelters.