The Memphis Dog Rescue Examiner wants to alert us that the Tipton Co Animal Shelter in TN is overflowing with pets and help from the public is desperately needed to save lives. Good opener. And then – WHAM – we get pelted with a barrage of frown:
This shelter has to euthanize at least twice a week due to lack of space and daily intake of additional dogs.
Not “has to”. Chooses to. Don’t excuse the needless killing of healthy/treatable pets. It tends to put a damper on sales.
If puppy mills could be stopped from existing, if spay/neuter laws were enacted and enforced, if people cared a little bit more to properly take care of their pets, maybe there wouldn’t be so many little lives in these shelters waiting for help.
Mandatory spay-neuter laws increase killing in shelters. They do not decrease killing. They never have. Anywhere. Ever.
Which supposedly uncaring people are you trying to shame here? People who brought pets to the shelter? Those are the caring ones, the ones who don’t want their abandoned pets roaming the streets or something worse. They brought their pets to the shelter in hopes of leaving them in safe hands until a new home could be found. They are our neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members. They are people in need of education or maybe a hand-up to help them keep their pets and get them neutered. They are all of us. And most importantly, they are the people reading your article – at first wondering how they can help, but ultimately feeling ashamed and hopeless because you paint them as uncaring and the shelter is just going to kill the pets anyway.
It’s a shame that these pleas even have to be made.
Come again? If you don’t reach out to the public, how will people know there is a need for help? You want to move a product – in this case, shelter pets – you need to advertise. This article could have been one such advertisement. But instead it’s a setback for all the pets languishing in this shelter because of the potential donors, adopters and foster homes it alienated.
Instead of taking up a whole page of the internet, why don’t you just save some space? Maybe this:
The Tipton Co Animal Shelter is beyond capacity and kills pets at least twice a week to make room for more so you uncaring people can keep dumping your pets. It’s appalling that we even have to ask but can you drag your irresponsible selves down here and adopt some pets before we kill some more?
Then you can fill up the rest of the page with photos of adoptable pets, clever blurbs about each of them, reminding people about extended hours at the shelter, reduced adoption fees and stuff like that.
Or just keep on with the finger-wagging. How’s that been working out so far?