I just wanted to post this here because it is amazing how much the world will bend for money. We will take any animals life for money and have
absolutely no consideration for any animals.
This is about puppies and is written by a shelter director, I received it in an email and almost died reading it.
Please, please read this and share it as much as possible.
Yes this is a long article, but if you are considering getting a new puppy, please read this.
UPDATE - Due to the already huge amount of email replies, I want to mention that this is not the words of myself but something that was sent to me and
truly touched me, it brought tears to my eyes when reading this, and I felt it should be passed on. This is from a shelter in California so I
believe things in Canada are different to an extent. But this is the sad truth of people buying puppies for the "novelty". It is great people on
here try to find their animals homes themselves. I more so wanted to pass this on for the people that are looking to get an animal, so maybe they
will understand that they need to be serious about it, for ALL of that animals life. Thank you.
You can't keep your pet? Really? BY A Shelter Director (Everywhere)
by "Save Our Shelter Animals" MuttShack Animal Rescue
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 people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society 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 stop flagging the ads on craigslist
and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so
you know there's a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are
"owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: "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 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 the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and
making money is better than spending money to take this animal to the vet.
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 shelter workers depending on the
size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) 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",
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? Or used for the schools to dissect and
experiment on? 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 who still have a beating heart and have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head, I
deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start
educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane
societies exist because people just 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), and breeders are the ones blamed for this. Animal shelters
and rescue organizations are making a hefty profit by keeping this misconception going.
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about taking their
dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog.
Please share and make sure this thread get read by people. We treat "mans best friend"with very little resurrect anymore and I am so sick and tired of
I posted this in the general conspiracies thread to show how much money is involved in stuff like this to the point were any life does not matter,
just the money. If it is the wrong forum feel feel to move it.
Please share your thoughts on the subject.
Thanks for taking the time to read it.
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