A Letter from a Shelter Manager - anonymous in North Carolina
I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will.
First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know.
That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses I hear are; “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.
Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door.
Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ‘sweet’ or 'well behaved’ they are.
If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don’t have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.
Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”.
First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.
When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right?
I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work.
I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.
My point to all of this DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!
Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say “I saw this and it made me want to adopt”. THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT.
Senior cats are the last to be adopted at Shelters. They are often much-loved animals who have been surrendered because of death or economic difficulty. They are alone scared would like nothing more than to love be loved again. PLEASE ADOPT A SENIOR CAT AND TAKE YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND HOME WITH YOU FOREVER! I’m never sure if I saved their life or if they saved mine! Kind of leaning towards they saved mine!
In celebration of my rescues’ 1st birthday, Im gonna try to help this guy out today.
This is Happy, a 1y 9month pitbull mix- He’s to be Euthanised by the end of today (7/1/14). He was abandoned on the streets by his owners, and found in amazing health and spirits. He’s bouncy and sweet, and his name suits him as he is constantly a happy boy. He’s got soft fur, unique eyes and is in great health. hes very well mannered, he knows some basic commands and is gentle with treats. he’s house broken and good with all other dogs and kids.
He’s in a Manhattan shelter right now, so if youre interested please be ready to get him tonight. And like all the dogs I try to help in the area- IF YOU NEED HELP TRANSPORTING HIM I CAN HELP. I have a zoo already so I cant house him for more than a few hours, but I would help as needed. Please message me for his ID# and the Shelter Information.
Save a Dog, they’ll help you become a better human.
SPAY AND NEUTER SPAY AND NEUTER SPAY AND NEUTER SPAY AND NEUTER SPAY AND NEUTER.
There’s seriously like 200+ kittens available on craigslist right now within 30 miles of my home. Fucking absolutely ridiculous. You think they’re all gonna have wonderful lives? Get the perfect home and live until they’re 20 and have a grand old time?! Fucking no. Spay and neuter your goddamn animals.
1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me - it is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I HAVE ONLY YOU!
5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice when it’s speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget.
7. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.
9. Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.
10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say “I can’t bear to watch it” or “Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for ME if you are there.
Would you like to treat your cats, A friends cats or Animal Shelter cats, with all the profits made going back to Animal Shelters?
Then now you can, i have set up a facebook page so you can purchase my handmade knitted catnip mice and fish and all the profits will be given to Animal Shelters including RSPCA, PDSA, Cats Protection, Dog’s Trust and independent shelters that care for and rescue not only cats and dogs but an array of animals :)
As 2015 comes to an end, I want to give a shout out to all the homeless doggies that have stayed at chateaux buckminster. From 1 night to 4 months… We took in 6 amazing dogs this year. Each has a forever home. Here is wishing an amazing 2016 to Grumpy, Allie, Rosie, Munchkin, Donut and Lulu.
This 15 year old sweetheart deserves a home so bad, we don’t want her in a cage, can you offer a foster home or better yet a furever home??
Please share this beauty lots, we want her in a home ASAP!
Anyone who wants a sweet, gentle, friendly, affectionate cat who will have a conversation with you if you take the time to talk to her, who solicits petting and attention, and who has the wisdom of a senior, the looks of a fashion model, and has been treated for whatever ailed her and pronounced good to go!
Ebony is 15, spayed, vaccinated and felv/fiv negative. She will be a wonderful companion, not demanding, doesn’t need a circus to entertain her, has no known medical conditions and requires no special treatment or medication.
***We have teamed up with Best Friends’ month-long “Love is Ageless” adoption special, taking place all through November, to help sensational senior pets find homes!
The adoption fee’s for our seniors and some of our less adoptable cats will be $18.***
“Rudy’s foster mommy likes to say that the only thing bigger than his
head is his heart! He is particularly fond of his foster mom and listens
best to her. Mastiffs tend to be one person dogs and Rudy lives up to