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Post by kraut / larry star » Mon, 28 Jan 2013 01:32:43

I found this on my local Craigslist under "Pets". I hated reading
this. I hate that this happens but the reality is that it does. God
bless those that work the awful jobs in the shelters.

Letter from a Shelter Manager (Please read)

The shelter manager's letter:

"I am posting this (and it is long) because 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.
Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes,
you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you
don't even know - that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in
my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore.

How would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that
dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at -
purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner
surrenders" or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

No shortage of excuses
The most common excuses I hear are:

We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat).
Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets?

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 bringing her inside, 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, and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is?

Well, let me tell you. Dead pet walking!

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 about
25 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 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,
rottweiler, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it
through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted.
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, though not for
long. Most pets 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 shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a
$100 treatment.

The grim reaper
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. That is, until they get to "The Room".

Every one of them freaks out and puts on the breaks 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 vet
techs (depending on their size and how freaked out they are). A
euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They 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 it's leg. I've
seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting
***, 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.
When it all ends, your pet's 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? 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?

Liberty, freedom and justice for all
I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out
and can't get the pictures out of your head. I do everyday on the way
home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists and I hate that
it will always be there unless people make some changes and realize
that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you
dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only
you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are
always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there
are homes.
My point to all of this is DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!

Hate me if you want to - the truth hurts and reality is what it is.
I just hope I maybe changed one person's mind about breeding their
dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope
that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this thing on
craigslist and it made me want to adopt".
That would make it all worth it."