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Dear Friends:

I ask that you please take a few minutes and read the letter below.  I know you are busy, as am I, but this is an EXTREMELY important message for anyone and everyone who has ever had a pet.  Working in rescue, I am faced with the most difficult decision, every single day, of who to save...and who not to.  There is absolutely nothing more devastating or difficult than to do just that....not to me anyway.  The letter I share with you here was written by a shelter worker.  Below the letter, I added my own personal comments.  A big part of my role in the animal community is awareness and education.  I have come to learn that some people just do not know what is really happening out there.  That is why I share this with you today.  I ask that you really read and understand what is written here....and that you forward this on to your own contacts.  In turn, they can forward it on to theirs....and so on and so forth.  BE A PART OF THE CHANGE.  Help us make a difference....and help us fight for the ones that cannot help themselves.  Leanne Fritsch

On Wed, 11/10/10, Kim Jayne <peaceforpaws@gmail.com> wrote:

This was written and emailed by a Shelter Worker - Please read and re-post.


Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 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 people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society 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 stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there's a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it's dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are "owner --- surrenders" or "strays", that come into a shelter are purebred dogs. 


The most common excuses: "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 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 the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and making money is better than spending money to take this animal to the vet. 


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 shelter workers depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) 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. You see shelters are trying to make money to pay employee pay checks and don't forget the board of directors needs to be paid too, so we don't spend our funds to tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug, we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer until dead. If it were not a "making money issue" and we had to have a licensed vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated or tranquilized and then euthanized, but to do this procedure correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a vet perform their euthanasia's so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. Making money is the issue here not losing money. 

  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? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? 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 who still have a beating heart and have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head, I deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because people just do not care about animals anymore.. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat), and breeders are the ones blamed for this. 


Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog. For those of you that care--- please re-post this to at least one other craiglist in another city/state. Let's see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact

(comments by:  Kim Jayne, Illinois)


Now...take the truth from this story and triple the horror in your mind, which is also the unfortunate reality.  The way this shelter director describes what happens behind her closed doors is not always the case.  MANY shelters throughout this country still use the gas chamber or heart stick as a form of euthanasia.  These same places DRAG these poor, helpless, SCREAMING animals to the death room by catch poles.  I've seen it with my own eyes. 


Euthanasia by heart stick is a needle that is jabbed into the chest wall of an UN-SEDATED animal (because the city is not going to put the extra money into making this painless for the animal) and burns their insides like acid. If it's not done right the first time, which is usually the case as the people doing the deed are not typically trained professionals, it is done over and over until the animal finally succumbs to its VERY, VERY painful death.


Euthanasia by the gas chamber is the most horrific thing I've ever seen in my life.  Unwanted animals are piled in the steel box...the machine is turned on and streams of either carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide are pushed through the chamber.  The animals are screaming, whaling and crying...pawing helplessly with fear at the door of the death machine.....until they finally die.


None of this would have to happen if people were responsible with their pets.  If people would spay and neuter, there wouldn't be an overflow of unwanted animals with nowhere to go.  If people considered their pets part of the family and wouldn't be so quick to "get rid of" them because of their new apartment, new baby or because they simply don't have time for them anymore, this wouldn't happen.  If people would stop buying their new pets from breeders and pet stores, this wouldn't have to happen either.


Just remember....these animals never asked to even be here.  Please be mindful of your decisions.


If you've ever loved an animal....or even if you haven't, please pass this on.

"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.  Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."   ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you are saying to yourself “but our shelter is no kill, so this does not apply”, well in many ways it does.  How would you like to go to prison (5 x 8 kennel) for a crime you did not commit?  You keep up hope that your lawyer (previous owner) will get you out. But days turn into weeks, and months and years.  Others (cell mates and volunteers) pass through your life but only a few minutes a day.  You get some yard ‘freedom’ if you are lucky and a chance to interact with a few others.   But then back to your cell.  Day after day your hope fades.  You either get angry (aggressive) or you shrink into a corner.  Either way, your chances before the parole board (prospective adopters) dwindles.  Society put you there because you were not important enough to someone.  You are just one of how many billion people (millions of unwanted dogs) on this earth?  Remember: “Saving one dog may not change the world, but for that one dog the world will change forever” 

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