KOB in New Mexico reports that the Valencia Co Animal Shelter is overcrowded with more than 240 dogs at the facility. In response, they are killing for convenience:
This week, the shelter has killed 8-10 dogs every single day and even that’s not nearly enough.
“I can’t bring myself to putting 40 to 50 dogs on that list at a time like I should be,” [supervisor Patty Mugan] said. “We’re getting to that point when we’re going to need to.”
Not need to – choose to. Killing is a choice, as is lifesaving, which is hard work:
“It’s not fair to the kennel techs to have to have twice the work to do to clean and walk dogs and feed them and everything else,” Mugan said.
I’m sorry but where in life do we sign up for FAIR? Because I have been wanting FAIR so hard all these years and I’ve never known where I go to get it. Is it Valencia Co, NM?
And the response to UNfair is kill, I guess.
“But it’s sure not fair to the animal sitting in a crate on borrowed time. It’s very hard for us mentally to watch day after day.”
“It’s not easy to be the one to look in their eyes and tell them goodbye,” she said.
Where does this sense of entitlement come from? Life should be fair and easy and not require ironing.
I’m glad it’s not easy to kill animals you are supposed to be sheltering. It should be hard. It should be impossible really.
Staff is apparently trying to ship the problem out of state by getting rescue groups to transport dogs. But since every state in the U.S. kills shelter animals, shipping shelter pets to other states is not a long term solution. It just redistributes the killing. Maybe that seems fair or easier to some people, I don’t know.
Instead of killing animals and making excuses for it, why not try implementing the proven programs of the No Kill Equation? Start looking the animals entrusted to your care in the eyes and telling them hello. Tell them you are committed to protecting them from harm and getting them into loving homes. It requires hard work but seeing all your animals get out alive sounds pretty sweet.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)