Written by PETA
Many of us have had a peek into the bizarre world of hoarding courtesy of reality television. Accumulating piles and piles of household junk is bad enough, but when hoarders collect living animals, the results are extreme neglect, suffering, and death.
According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), "It is likely that up to a quarter million animals—250,000 per year—are victims of hoarders. What's more, records kept by ALDF indicate that in the last four years, the number of reported hoarding cases has more than doubled. In terms of the number of animals affected and the degree and duration of their suffering, hoarding is the number one animal cruelty crisis facing companion animals in communities throughout the country."
Alarmingly, as a result of public pressure to avoid euthanasia at all costs, the hoarding mentality has infiltrated animal shelters. MSNBC.com reports that groups calling themselves "rescues" and "shelters" currently account for one-fourth of the estimated 6,000 new hoarding cases annually reported in the U.S. This is just one more way that trying to become "no-kill" before becoming "no-birth" hurts animals.
When animal shelters and rescue groups—such as South Carolina's terribly inaccurately named Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary—aren't themselves hoarding animals, they sometimes farm out animals to anyone who will take them, including hoarders, in order to reduce the number of animals they euthanize. Here are just two examples:
Please help keep animals out of hoarders' hands by volunteering to help your local animal shelter screen potential placement partners, rescue groups, and adopters. Contact PETA for free placement partner applications and agreements. Please also spay and neuter all your animal companions—it's the only real way to prevent animals from being born only to end up homeless or hoarded.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Ok. How many No-Kill shelters are like this? How many Kill shelters are like this? Do some numbers and we might be closer to the truth. No-Kill really must be a great thing if it is attracting this much opposition.
Mahatma Gandhi said "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." No-kill is getting closer to winning.
I agree completely with Dawn. While I generally agree with PETA's work, in this respect I don't think they could be more wrong. I have worked with various no-kill shelters that would suffer unnecessarily from being categorized in this way.
It's all good and well to say how horrified you are about the conditions these animals live in, but how about you get up and do something about it. I'm sick and tired of people complaining about how many animals are in shelters, yet YOU ALL do nothing about it. I am a dedicated foster carer for dogs and cats and it is so rewarding. My local council states that only 2 dogs are allowed on a premises at a time however I have fostered up to 4 at a time, and yes they were a handful at times but they all brought me great joy and I loved giving them the attention and affection some had never recieved. Maybe if more people took action and did something productive about the problem, these issues wouldn't exist.
There is a difference between a shelter that euthanizes due to severity of illness, to prevent suffering, and a shelter that decides they simply don't have room so they kill. The second option is disgusting to me. Many shelters operate ethically and do not overcrowd, and it is unfortunate that they have to turn animals away, but that is where TNR programs come in.
Painting all 'no-kill' shelters with the same disturbing brush is wrong. I personally do not donate to 'kill' shelters, but I also make a point of researching the groups I donate to and visiting where I can.
I also wanted to say that I adopted my two happy, healthy cats from a no-kill shelter. A friend of a friend was a foster parent to them (who is NOT an animal hoarder, she keeps only two cats at a time and lives in an extremely clean and beautiful apartment) and I fully support that shelter. The shelter they were from is a very clean place with lots of happy, healthy animals. Please stop being so black and white about this issue.
I usually support PETA's message to demand the end of animal cruelty. But this is something I completely disagree with. Animal hoarding and no-kill shelters are two completely different issues. People who are animal hoarders have issues in themselves that need to be mentally worked out. No-kill shelters that sometimes have "foster parents" to take care of some animals obviously need to fix how they are running their facilities. They should conduct interviews and inspections of the places the animals will be "fostered." In no way do I think an animal should ever live in those conditions. However, PETA is giving no credit to these shelters that their hearts and intent is in the right place. PETA feels these animals should die instead of being at no-kill shelters or foster families. I very much disagree. What PETA should do is put the no-kill shelters under their wings and support them by offering workers or volunteers to keep up acceptable facilities. They could add those shelters as part of their donations list so they can get help with cleaning, animals getting medical care, building sufficient shelter, and spaying/neutering. I do not see killing suffering animals as a means of being ethical, PETA. When you come across no-kill shelters with poor facilities and suffering animals, use your power and influence to HELP them become a sanctuary for perfectly adoptable animals.
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