|Barked: Thu Dec 8, '11 2:02am PST |
|I won't ever adopt from a kill shelter - well, at least if I stuck to my guns. In all reality, at some point in my life, I probably will.
I know that sounds horrible, at face value, but bear with me.
There's no excuse to put an adoptable animal down in this country. Some may disagree, that's fine, but that's what I believe. The problem is in shelter management - well, it's a multifaceted problem, so that is simplifying it - but the point is, while yes, it's the public's fault that these dogs are winding up in shelters, it's the manager's fault they are being killed. (And to cover my bases here, some parts of the no-kill equation can't work until far more people are on board with it than are now - so even a shelter manager who is trying his or her best, may not be able to cut it, and I can't blame them for that).
Anyway, similar to how you do not purchase a puppy from a miller to "rescue" it because you are giving money to the miller to continue what they do, I don't want to fund a failed policy and a broken system that results in more unnecessarily euthanized dogs.
I will say though that while I consider buying from a puppy miller to be across-the-board unethical (unknowing buyers exempt, of course), I won't say the same about getting a dog from a kill shelter.
I'll either go to a breeder, a breed rescue, or a (true) no-kill shelter. And not one that just calls themselves that, one that is - I won't demand an exact match-up - close to the no-kill equation. Or working toward that position.
But like I said, that's sticking to my guns, and I doubt I'd wind up doing that. It's more of an idealized point rather than one I firmly believe, if that makes sense.
I do keep an eye out on my local kill shelter (they have never had to kill for space, but they are not a no-kill shelter) and a local "working toward" no-kill shelter as well, just to see the dogs that come through. I'm not prepared at this point in my life to add another dog but that day will eventually come .
Edited by author Thu Dec 8, '11 2:05am PST
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