Why Kill-Shelters Are Not What You Think They Are And Why You Should Give Them Some Love
“I will never adopt a dog from a kill shelter.”
“I will never volunteer in a kill shelter.”
“I will never visit a kill shelter.”
These are some of the common things you will hear people say about kill shelters. Because of statements like these, kill shelters are stigmatized and receive hate from many people.
However, if you only knew what kill shelters are, you would have a whole new perspective about them. Not only that, but correct information should also be disseminated so people know why they should support kill shelters instead.
What Are Kill-Shelters?
The term Kill Shelter is actually a misnomer and people should stop using it as it damages the image of a particular shelter.
In most cases, it is the municipal shelters that are tagged as kill shelters. The main reason behind this is that these shelters are allowed to euthanize the animals brought to them.
Sounds gruesome, right? But please understand the reason behind this practice.
Municipal shelters are in contract with the local government. They are an open submission facility. This means that they are obligated to accept any dogs and cats being surrendered to them. They are not allowed to refuse any animal.
As you can imagine, this policy would eventually lead to overpopulation. The shelter will inevitably reach and exceed its capacity. When that happens, the shelter would then make the difficult decision to put down some of their animals to make room for other ones.
The Problem with Hating Kill Shelters
Now, here’s where things get worse. Because of the stigma kill shelters receive, less and less people are willing to help them out. As a result, people would rather go to other places to adopt pets, leaving kill shelters more and more populated.
Imagine if people supported kill shelters. There would be fewer or even no dogs or cats to be euthanized. Kill shelters would be able to focus more on giving care and love to those animals that need them the most.
Is a No-Kill Shelter a Better Option?
Most people see kill-shelters as evil while no-kill shelters are good. However, this generalization can be damaging to both types of shelters.
First of all, no-kill shelters are usually private organizations. One of their main differences from kill-shelters is that they are allowed to turn away animals being brought to them. They have the option to pick and choose the animals they want. Thus, they are able to maintain a “no-kill” policy. Since they are most likely accepting adoptable, healthy, and good-looking animals, their adoption rate is higher compared to kill shelters.
While no-kill shelters are a great place for animals, the problem happens when animals are not accepted or their admission is delayed.
Many of those animals who are turned away are dumped somewhere else. They could be dumped in the woods, on the road, or in the custody of unreliable and irresponsible people.
You probably heard of some stories of animals being left alone to die. Some are run over by trucks. Others are inhumanely killed since they don’t have the capability to perform proper euthanasia.
Why You Should Love Kill-Shelters
While the name may sound harsh, kill-shelters are filled with loving, caring, and responsible staff. They are dedicated to taking care of animals. When everyone turns their back on these dogs or cats, they are the ones who accept and stand by them.
Every shelter who truly cares for animals accepts any creature that comes to their doorstep. Whether they are elderly, aggressive, badly injured, or diseased, every animal deserves love and respect.
For this reason, support your local municipal shelters. They are one with you in taking care of neglected animals. Get in touch with them now to learn more about how you can help.
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