Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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
For those of you that care --- please repost this to at least one other person. Let's see if we can get this all around the World and have an impact.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
“Cause for the Paws Crop” 2
January 7-9, 2011
Every year, six to eight million cats and dogs are put into shelters – and as many as four million are euthanized. With the drastic economic crisis that has hit the United States, our shelters and rescues are struggling to provide for the animals that have been abandoned on their doorsteps.
With your help, we can change this!
This is a time when local animals need us the most! With the recession and home foreclosure crisis costing them their homes and families, thousands of innocent animals depend upon us to save, rescue and adopt them, more now, than ever before.
Please join us January 7th, 8th, and 9th for “Cause for the PAWS Crop” 2 to benefit animal rescue. This will be held at the Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring, Florida.
Crop begins at 3pm Friday through 3pm Sunday.
Below you will find some basic information regarding this incredible event.
Join us for:
• A weekend or full day away from responsibilities
• Plenty of time and space to crop
• Classes for learning new techniques
• Contests, games and prizes
• A chance to meet and interact with other scrapbookers
• Great food (including chocolate!)
• Relaxation with opportunities to pamper yourself in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring, Florida
There will be:
• Live Auctions
• Raffles – lots of raffles featuring both scrapbooking and non-scrapbooking items
• Prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend
• Games, contests and surprises
• Door prizes given throughout the weekend
• A block of rooms reserved under the name of ‘Cause for the Paws Crop” at the Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring, Florida. (Special rates available so be sure to mention our group.)
• Personal cropping space at a table in our non-stop cropping room! (Yes! You can crop all night long!)
• Tantalizing classes will be held throughout the weekend.
• Information on these classes will be forwarded to each registrant once classes are scheduled.
• The blog will also be updated with class information as it becomes available.
• A full range of classes on unique techniques will be offered each day.
• Leave each class with a completed project or a new idea for use in your scrapbook.
• Make and takes will also be available throughout the weekend.
• Local Scrapbooking Store
• National scrapbooking and stamping company consultants
• Plus more!
Meals & snacks provided throughout the weekend:
• Dinner provided Friday and Saturday night.
• Lunch provided Saturday and Sunday.
• Meals are prepared and served by a professional chef.
• Kenilworth provides a very nice complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast each morning featuring waffles, muffins, doughnuts, juices, cereals and much, much more!
• A variety of snacks, soda, iced tea and bottled water will be provided throughout the entire weekend as well.
• We have surprises galore in store for you throughout the weekend.
• This is guaranteed to be a crop you do not want to miss!
There are several ways for you to acquire the registration form. If you have a Google account you can print the form here (Google is free)
If you are on the email list then an email was sent to you today with the pdf file attached (you must have Adobe Reader installed in order to open this file) free also
Thanks in advance for helping the furry ones……….
“Sometimes life’s greatest gifts come wrapped in fur.”