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PSEJ_1988 04-20-2009 08:18 PM

The truth hurts
 
Please post this everywhere you can.
This was on my local craigslist and I have it on my myspace and every else this can go for rabbits also.

A Letter from a Shelter Manager

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 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 hope this touches one person today. Because if it does it will make my day.
I work at our local shelter. I know this is true.

CamiDante 04-21-2009 12:38 AM

While I agree with most of this, I do think the shelters have to look at it from our point of view as well, at least those of us who have to move and cannot take our pets with us. There are a TON of places that DO NOT allow pets! I've lost count of the numerous apartment/townhomes that I've been rejected from because I refuse to give up my pets. It's mind-boggling! It saddens me to know that many animals are destroyed, but it some situations, giving up a pet is not a choice, it becomes a necessity.

maggiemay 04-21-2009 08:13 AM

I have to agree with Camidante, there are tons of places that wont allow pets, I have four animals and really only allowed two, but unless someone complains I'm safe. It is very sad that so many animals have to be destroyed, but until more landlords accept animals it will continue, and in this recession more and more people will choose to 'give up' their pets and unfortunately that means the shelters will have to continue to destroy them. And yes it is wrong that so many breeders do 'help' to contribute to this.

krzekmaya 04-21-2009 08:52 AM

Very sad :(

PSEJ_1988 04-21-2009 10:41 AM

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Originally Posted by maggiemay (Post 81125)
I have to agree with Camidante, there are tons of places that wont allow pets, I have four animals and really only allowed two, but unless someone complains I'm safe. It is very sad that so many animals have to be destroyed, but until more landlords accept animals it will continue, and in this recession more and more people will choose to 'give up' their pets and unfortunately that means the shelters will have to continue to destroy them. And yes it is wrong that so many breeders do 'help' to contribute to this.


Its not breeder is BYB's that contribute. I understand that people have to rehome pets but some people dont try to find a new home first they take it straight to a shelter. Its a harsh reality but its true for most animals pet or not. Its really owners that dont think befor they get not people that truly care and love there animal like us around here. But thise people that get a puppy on inplaise or a kitten and then say after a few months I dont want it.

Cause it is to hard thats the problem. thiose kind of people

Irene Jims 04-21-2009 11:01 AM

This is really a heart wrenching truth !!!!!!! :(

I remember a Japanese movie, titled “10 Promises Between Me and My Dog", it is based on the Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership by Stan Rawlinson, and here is the translated version :

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Regular separation from you will be painful and can even cause depression. Think before you buy me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me, don’t be impatient, short-tempered or irritable.

3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back, respect is earned not given as some sort of inalienable right.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. I am not capable of understanding why I am being locked up. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment and friends. I only have you.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice. “You only have to look at my tail” to know that.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget, if that treatment is unjust or bad, it may spoil the special bond between us.

7. Please do not hit me. I cannot hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I don’t ever want to feel the need to do that.

8. Before you tell me off me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be wrong with me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food or I’ve been out in the sun too long, maybe my heart is getting old and weak, or maybe I’m just dog-tired.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and will also want care, love, and affection.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, Irrespective of what you do I will always love you.

To me it is like : Before you decided to adopt me, please promise me that you will keep me until I grow too old that I have to leave you for the bridge... :( Unless I can keep this promise to my pet, I won't decide to take any pet in... :(

alea 04-21-2009 09:07 PM

this brought tears to my eyes. it kills me to know that someone could give up a life like that. not only can people do this to their companions but they also do it to their children. its upsetting. i wish that i had the money to open up a no-kill shelter of my own. i will be sending this to everyone that i know.

Irene Jims 04-21-2009 10:43 PM

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Originally Posted by alea (Post 81174)
this brought tears to my eyes. it kills me to know that someone could give up a life like that. not only can people do this to their companions but they also do it to their children. its upsetting. i wish that i had the money to open up a no-kill shelter of my own. i will be sending this to everyone that i know.

I completely agree with you. There is profound message in that letter. Commitment is like nothing, and betrayal is "something" to them these days... it is too easy for certain people (getting more and more) to give up their pets even children, totally neglecting there's life in them... and life is so precious ! There are even more people giving up abruptly with silly and selfish excuses, when life just get started, I mean abortion !! Please, I wish we all spread this awareness of Pro-Life action to protect life of our precious babies (pet or human) !!! :(

maggiemay 04-22-2009 07:49 AM

I remember there was a couple in the States that had two dogs, don't remember what type or color, but eventually they decided to redecorate the living room but then they had to get rid of their dogs because they (the dogs) didn't co-ordinate with the color scheme!

sealy 04-22-2009 08:37 AM

the sad thing is, is that behavior does matter. in the end the person taking the shelter pet home is the one who decides, if the animal is well behaved. no problem, but if the animal is not. but really........ how many animals in the shelter are fit for the average person. it seems so many of the people who are able and willing to care for damaged animals, are overwhelmed already. a damaged animal, psychologicaly, will always be returned by the average pet adopter. too many times i have seen dogs left on the side of the road. for this and other reasons, i refuse to own a dog. i don't believe that a feral cat can be tamed, once it is beyond a year old. maybe in a barn or something where it has contact with humans, but for the most part, cats are either wild or tame, no mixing of the two. most cats in the shelters are feral and therefore i believe to be unadoptable by the average adopter. who would want a cat if they always had bad experiences with one??? just my opinion.........
i wish i could rescue every cat that was adoptable in the shelter, but sadly their time is very limited, like my home space........


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