Written by PETA
The economic downturn has taken its toll on nearly everyone, and animals are no exception.
Animal shelters across the country are overflowing with record numbers of cats and dogs—many of whom were surrendered by people who lost their homes or could no longer afford to care for their animal companions after being laid off.
With so many animals in need of refuge, now is a terrible time for an alarming number of animal shelters to arbitrarily implement limited-admission, "no-kill" policies. These policies put animals in danger because they prompt shelters to turn animals away or they make it expensive and difficult for people who can no longer care for their animal companions to surrender them to a shelter.
The only effective way to deal with the companion animal overpopulation crisis is through aggressively pursuing laws and policies requiring people to have their animals spayed or neutered and making it easier for them to do so. When shelters refuse to take in animals—and communities fail to address the underlying causes of the problem—animals pay the price.
Under pressure from people with good intentions but no clue of the ugly reality of overpopulation—nor of the sheer number of animals who flood shelters every day—some facilities are stooping to all-time lows to manipulate their euthanasia rates. Many adopt policies and practices that endanger the very animals they should be protecting. These include charging fees for surrendering unwanted animals (sometimes outrageous fees, such as $96 for feral or stray cat "turn-ins" in Maricopa County, Arizona); requiring citizens who can't care for their animals to make appointments and "wait until there is room"; refusing to accept feral or stray cats, even when people might resort to doing them harm; refusing to accept animals from outside the invisible boundaries of a certain town or area; and giving away animals free of charge and without adequately screening adopters.
Here are just a few heart-wrenching news stories about the ways in which no-kill shelters and policies harmed animals in 2010:
PETA's small sheltering program takes in any animals who need help—even those who are aggressive, horribly injured, or terminally ill. We took in nearly 80 dogs and cats whom PETA staffers brought back from crowded New Orleans–area shelters after the Gulf oil leak nightmare dealt an additional blow to the Gulf economy.
No one ever needs to pay a fee or make an appointment to drop off an animal to PETA. Our field staff is on call 24/7; animals are accepted at all hours of the day and night. PETA's fieldworkers rushed out to help both of the following animals after receiving emergency pager calls early in the morning on weekends:
Animals like Buddy are the reason why PETA will never turn away any animal in need. Is a shelter in your community turning away animals? Work to open its doors by following these guidelines.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Noone ever adresses the fact that veteraniarans now charge so much for their spay and neuter and treatment just to have a beautiful and fake buisness that this causes people not to go. The shelters cannot offset this. A true vet would not do this.
A co-worker of mine has moved and can no longer keep her two small dogs. She was going to advertise them in a "free to a good home" ad. I told her the dangers of that, that those who respond to the ad may be "bunchers" looking for animals to sell to labs for experimentation, people who delight in torturing animals, or just those who will get the dogs on a whim and decide to abandon them later. I advised her that is she is going to advertise them, charge something for them...it did not have to be a tremendous amount but it should be something to give such people pause, like 50.00 each. Also, I advised her that whether she sells the dogs or gives them away, do a background check on the person before handing over the dogs. I even gave her the information on some websites, including animalabuse.com, where she can do that for free. It is not a perfect solution but it may prevent a tragedy. I would have loved to take the two little guys myself, but in a one bedroom condo with a husband, a large border collie/lab mix, 2 lovebirds, and two abandoned cats, my ark is full.
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