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Just... wow. Read it.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sac/179052393.html" target="_blank">http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sac/179052393.html</a>
 

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Yeah. We have some shelter workers on this board. I think some are kill, some are no-kill.<br><br><br><br>
Personally, I volunteered and then briefly worked at the humane society. It was pretty much this way. I lasted 5 days.
 

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this is true of the no-kill shelter esp. Humane Societies (Humane is the wrong title!) - it is mostly because they don't have enough space or resources. Also, I think they will take any pet regardless if they have room.<br><br><br><br>
I was lucky to work at a no-kill cageless cat shelter. If a cat didn't get adopted, they lived out their lives in the shelter with the proper care. It was sad though that alot of the older kitties never found homes outside the shelter.<br><br><br><br>
That craigslist article is a good arguement for no breeding and spay/neuter.
 

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I couldn't read it all, because I knew what it would say. I volunteered at a major shelter for 2 years, and what I saw was appalling. I won't give gory details because we're all depressed enough as it is.<br><br><br><br>
But what really irked me was that the shelter had a policy of "SMILES ONLY", especially at the incoming-animals door. Volunteers would get severely reprimanded for trying to dissuade folks from dropping off their pets. We were told never to mention euthanasia, overcrowding or the possibility that their pooch will be deemed "unadoptable". We were forced to paint a rosy picture of how everything will work out fine. That's what gets the big donations.<br><br><br><br>
And get this... even the "no kill" shelters play the game too. They partner with "kill" shelters and dump their excess animals at the same euthanasia room. On the books it just says "animal transfer", but we all know what really happens.<br><br><br><br>
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Usually I try to focus on the positives, the alternates and the possible solutions, but I'm totally out of ideas on how to fix this mess. All suggestions are welcome.
 

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I think if they force a rosy picture, they are just perpetuating the problem.<br><br><br><br>
ETA- I was looking for a good photo of euthanized animals to make a sign for my car window and found this interesting article. I wish every city paper would do an article like this.<br><br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;"><b>WARNING - GRAPHIC IMAGE</b></span> <a href="http://www.bakersfield.net/news/animals.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.bakersfield.net/news/animals.pdf</a>
 

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The newspaper articles picture breaks my heart. I cannot read what happens in shelters, my mind cannot take anymore things that I dont already know about at this time. I have been in a two and a half month straight deep depression (my longest ever) and animal cruelty is the number one thing that gets me into a deep depression. I wish there was a way to make everyone in the world read, see and get educated on everything that happens to animals. I try to tell people, they just dont want to listen!
 

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I volunteer at a shelter once a week. Its only for cats though, and some have stayed three years. No-kill. About 70 cats roam freely, surprisingly no fights =) We dont take in cats from people, only ones that have been abused or street cats.
 

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Neuter,it's cuter...<br><br><br><br>
If people would spay and neuter their pets and stop buying from breeders,this wouldn't be such a severe problem.It's really sad.
 

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i couldn't read all of it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>DeflatorMouse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I couldn't read it all, because I knew what it would say. I volunteered at a major shelter for 2 years, and what I saw was appalling. I won't give gory details because we're all depressed enough as it is.<br><br><br><br>
But what really irked me was that the shelter had a policy of "SMILES ONLY", especially at the incoming-animals door. Volunteers would get severely reprimanded for trying to dissuade folks from dropping off their pets. We were told never to mention euthanasia, overcrowding or the possibility that their pooch will be deemed "unadoptable". We were forced to paint a rosy picture of how everything will work out fine. That's what gets the big donations.</div>
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That pretty much mirrors my experience exactly with a Humane Society I used to volunteer at. They claimed to be no kill. But they weren't. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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It's a sad article. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> But... not ALL shelters are like that. Some actually DO do good work and put animals first. Thankfully, my local shelter is operated by a non-profit animal welfare organization, which works very hard to place the animals in homes. While they don't advertise themselves as a no-kill shelter (because they do euthanize in cases of extreme illness, etc), for many years the group has been successful in achieving a 100 percent adoption rate for all adoptable animals. While this type of shelter may be the exception rather than the rule, I just don't want people to think that ALL shelters are bad. There are <i>some</i> good places out there. However, I do wish MORE shelters could operate like my local shelter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>queenfluff</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
this is true of the no-kill shelter esp. Humane Societies (Humane is the wrong title!) - it is mostly because they don't have enough space or resources. Also, I think they will take any pet regardless if they have room.</div>
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Why do you think Humane is the wrong title? And I wasn't sure what you meant about it being especially true of no-kill shelters?<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone know the original source of the article? I read through it, but it was very hard to read -- not because of the subject matter which I'm very familiar with, but because it lacked paragraph breaks. We need something better written if we're sharing it with the public.<br><br><br><br>
I strongly disagree with those who argue that no-kill shelters are better than kill shelters. All no-kill shelters do is shift the problem. Every shelter has a breaking point, a maximum number of animals they can house before they have to do something. Open-access shelters end up euthanizing the animals once they reach that breaking point. No-kill shelters end up turning the animals away to have them go the open-access shelters. Some would even argue that no-kill shelters cause more deaths because they end up housing unadoptable pets for months or years while adoptable pets end up euthanized because there is no more space. In addition no-kill shelters tend to be very strict, which ultimately makes things much worse for everyone. The shelter I work at is no-kill and I enjoy working there very much, but we're no better than the kill shelters in town.
 

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I totally agree that there are way too many people buying from breeders. I work in a "pet store" that doesn't sell pets. Our main goal is to help people take proper care of the ones they have. I get calls all the time asking if we have puppies and kittens. When I say no, the next question is automatically, "Do you know anyone who does?" Yes, the Humane Society. No one ever wants to call there. And, ours is one of the good ones. It's so frustrating.
 
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