One of the numerous truth-challenged responses to my list of concerns about MAS says that they kill, even though they have empty cages, because the vet tells them to keep cages open to prevent the spread of disease. I have 12,000 problems with this but I will try to pare it down.
If MAS was truly concerned about preventing the spread of disease, they would follow standard shelter disease prevention protocols such as vaccination upon intake. They don’t.
I support disease prevention in shelters – absolutely, positively. But uh, hello MAS – you are putting 3 out of 4 of your pets in the dumpster. I’m pretty sure there is a reasonable middle ground here – about the size of Oklahoma – where you can minimize risk of disease by using the cage space wisely while allowing for some amount of risk of pets getting sick by keeping cages full. For starters, they might not get sick. And, since you are sending them to the landfill anyway, don’t you think the possible risk of a pet getting sick is reasonable? Can we get a show of paws on that question?
For the love of ponies, quit killing healthy/treatable pets while letting cages sit empty. With a little planning and coordination, you can use every cage in your facility while making efforts to minimize the risk of disease. And since the alternative for most of your pets is death, I say a little risk is warranted.
Further, if MAS would let adopters in to see all the pets they have, they might find that some people don’t particularly mind if a dog has a cough or a kitty has a cold. In fact, some people might be happy to save a pet from the MAS kill room and get him the veterinary care he needs.
Oh and before any killing apologists jump in to defend this particular webcam grab and tell some ridonkulous story about why these cages are “justifiably” empty (the pets were raptured 5 seconds before this cap?) – I have dozens more showing empty cages all over the shelter. I just used this one because it was sent to me today.