Hello, This is Don Minor and I am personal contacting you because
this is a matter that needs attention. Some of you know I have
another website called “Do You Care About Your Pet.com” and that we
care for forgot Animals.
Below is a post from Craigslist.org I believe everyone should read
this and think long and hard before you get a pet.
If you think animals don’t have feelings take a look at this
So, please think before you give pets for Christmas.
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 people who have
ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society 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 stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these
animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end
up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so
you know there’s a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the
shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the
dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into a
shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: “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 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
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 the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each
animal and making money is better than spending money to take this
animal to the vet.
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 shelter workers
depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter
worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) 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. You see shelters are trying to make
money to pay employee pay checks and don’t forget the board of
directors needs to be paid too, so we don’t spend our funds to
tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug,
we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer
until dead. If it were not a “making money issue” and we had to
have a licensed vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated
or tranquilized and then euthanized, but to do this procedure
correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right
for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make
a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a vet perform their
euthanasia’s so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a
needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. Making money
is the issue here not loosing money.
Then 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? Or used for
the schools to dissect and experiment on? 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 who still have a beating heart and have
read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out
of your head, I deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that
it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people
make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do
your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before
getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because
people just do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not
intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these
days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of
your dog (or cat), and breeders are the ones blamed for this.
Animal shelters and rescue organizations are making a hefty profit
by keeping this misconception going.
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and
only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind
about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a
dog. For those of you that care— please repost this to at least
one other craiglist in another city/state. Let’s see if we can get
this all around the US and have an impact.
a.. Location: Panama City, FL
b. Location: Cincinnati, Oh
c. Location: Columbus, OH
• Location: Everywhere
• it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other
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