Euthanasia is a kindness we are able to offer medically hopeless pets so that they do not have to suffer at the end of their lives. It is an act of love, an attempt to offer relief and dignity to a noble companion. When so-called shelters end the lives of healthy pets or those with treatable conditions such as coughs, colds or bad teeth, that is not euthanasia – it’s killing. It is not an act of love but rather one of violence. Killing healthy/treatable pets is completely unacceptable. It is not what most Americans believe their shelters should be doing. And as the math proves, it’s entirely unnecessary since there are enough homes for every shelter pet in the country.
If killing shelter pets is ethically objectionable and the majority of us don’t want shelters doing it and it can’t be justified by saying there are “too many pets, not enough homes” – why are some shelters claiming they are “forced” to kill pets?
Let’s make this simple:
- We are the taxpayers who pay your salary and we don’t want you to kill pets.
- There are many more people looking to add a pet to their homes than there are pets in shelters.
- It may some some hustle and hard work, but you can place every healthy/treatable pet in your care with an adopter, foster or rescue group.
The Marion Co pound in Ohio put up a Facebook page to list their pets. This is good. However, this seems to be all they are willing to do in order to avoid killing. This is not good. From a news piece titled Dog Pound Forced to Euthanize:
The Marion dog pound has reached its maximum capacity, and soon animals will have to be put down if they do not get adopted.
“Our main kennels number is 20, and we started this morning at 23,” Marion County Deputy Ryan Zempter said.
The Marion County Dog Pound is trying new approaches to get adoption numbers up.
The dog pound has created its own Facebook page.
The Marion dog pound can only speculate, and hope for a change.
“I guess just keep our fingers crossed and hope we can get some out the door before the next one comes in,” [Marion County Deputy Ryan] Zempter said.
Cross our fingers and hope for a change? Jiminy H. Criminy! We started a Facebook page but we have 3 dogs too many so we’re going to have to start killing. Because obviously we couldn’t ask a dog to share a space with another dog in order to save his life. We couldn’t have offsite adoption events on weekends or offer a Valentine’s Day adoption promotion. Because Facebook page!
I’m not seeing the forcing. When does the forcing start?
To reiterate: Ending the lives of healthy/treatable pets is not “euthanasia” – it’s killing. We don’t want you to kill and there is no need to kill. Therefore, you are not being forced to kill pets. It’s the opposite, actually. You are being forced to save pets, if you’re being honest. But since we can’t count on pet killers to tell the truth, we need to put laws into place to protect shelter pets. This is why we need CAPA.