No-kill animal welfare organisations do not kill animals in their care, healthy or otherwise, including those diagnosed with terminal illnesses. However, they do euthanise when a terminally ill animal no longer has any quality of life, when it is the kindest thing to do.
Many Irish animal rescue organisations do kill the animals in their care. In 2011 a total of 5586 dogs were destroyed in Irish pounds, averaging 15 dogs killed every day. There are no statistics for the number of cats killed in this way. We call these shelters Kill Shelters, and they exist because the general public treat their animal companions as disposable commodities.
Many of the people who work in these shelters genuinely care for animals. Their stories, and the stories of their animals, need to be publicised to raise awareness that abandoned animals are everyone’s responsibility.
When you say to an animal shelter or humane society employee “I could never do your job, it would break my heart. I love animals too much” or words to that effect, it sounds like you are saying: 1) That we don’t also love the animals, even though we’ve taken minimum wage (or no wage) […]
Copyright Jim Willis 2001 When I was a puppy I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was “bad,” you’d shake your finger at me and ask […]
Author Unknown, but could be any kill shelter worker or rescuer Thank you for contacting us animal rescuers, shelter volunteers, and foster-homes about your inability to keep your pet. We receive an extremely high volume of inquiries and requests to accept surrendered animals (and none of us is getting paid, OK?). To help us expedite […]