*WARNING: Graphic Picture*
This was on Tri-Cities Craigslist. I wish I knew who the shelter manger was who posted this, this is the most commendable thing I have ever witnessed and this person is amazing. When you surrender your best friend to the shelter go ahead and think it won’t happen to them. But now you know better. And don’t go out and get another one, if you cared so little to do it once you will do it again.
Please Please Read This
BEFORE you breed dogs in your back yard!
BEFORE you take them to the POUND (USA)
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 to 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 in most cases, 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.
When it all ends, your pet’s 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 (Humane Society of the United States estimates 3-4 million) and only you - as a pet owner 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 without researching. For those of you that care—- please re-post this to at least one other Craigslist in another city/state. Let’s see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact.
THINK before your selfishness begins to take over.
uh uh uh, you didn’t say the magic word….
- Nothing is wrong. Pain is part of living. Looking at it that way, everything is perfect. How I deal with it is what will be right or wrong. And even then, being wrong is also a part of life.
- Breaking your heart is like wrecking your bike. The first time you totally eat it. Road rash and black eyes and broken bones. The more you wreck, the better you get at falling, so at least you walk away with minimal damage. You learn how not to break and skid and respect the elements you're riding through. And eventually, you stop wrecking all together.
- Everyone take a moment to think about how selfish harmful actions often hurt more than just the victim, with little or no real profit to the culprit. You can rationalize decisions like the one this person made, looking at things from your unfailingly and inevitably fallible limited perspective, thinking, "this person probably has insurance or something," or, "they're certainly better off than me, they can get more where this came from," or, "they probably abuse their prescription anyway," and the thought won't enter your mind that the person your stealing from isn't on Xanax or OxyContin or Adderall and the consequence of not taking it is not merely anxiety or bodily pain or a short attention span but something that in the right conditions is potentially fatal. My father died as a result of seizing and falling and hitting his head. Every seizure results in permanent brain damage. That idea probably never occurred to the person who robbed me. Life is hard, for everyone. There's no justification in trying to make it easier for yourself at another's expense. Especially because in the end you'll still have problems and heartache and grow old and die. You haven't escaped anything by minimally and temporarily indulging yourself to the detriment of someone else. Now take a moment to think about the last decision you made out of sincere and selfless love. Maybe it was a hard decision. Did the fullness of your heart trump the fullness of your stomach or your wallet or your ego, or perhaps even your now empty arms after having to let someone go? There is no scale for right and wrong and love and indifference. There's no way to measure the impact of your actions. But it's easy for people to forget or misconstrue that truth. It would be wise to do your best to keep a clear mind and think about these things daily.