Every day, people with zero training and no government paycheck adopt out puppies and kittens. They put ads on Craigslist, post photos on Facebook, stand in the Walmart parking lot with a cardboard box – whatever it takes. They do it because for them, killing is not an option. They are not surrounded by enablers who tell them it’s ok to kill baby dogs and cats because there aren’t enough homes for all of them. In fact, for individuals who adopt out litters of puppies and kittens, the thought of killing doesn’t even enter their minds. “Not enough homes? Puh! We’ll see about that.”
If your tax dollars pay the salaries of people who kill pets at your local pound, you have an obligation to speak up. They are trained animal professionals who are failing to do their jobs. They are not even doing as well as the guy in the store parking lot with a cardboard box. Shouldn’t we be setting the bar much higher for those being paid by the public to protect the community’s pets?
Why are the trained professionals failing? Because for them, killing is an option. And they are probably surrounded by carefully selected staff and volunteers who won’t rock the boat. They have no one asking them why private citizens are adopting out puppies and kittens every day using their own resources while the public facility set up to protect pets from harm is sending them to the landfill instead. I think someone should.