When shelter directors say:
We only kill sick, injured, aggressive or feral animals along with orphaned puppies and kittens who are unable to survive on their own.
I think they’re trying to put the best possible spin on the fact that they needlessly kill animals and perhaps even attempting to come across to the public as compassionate on some level.
But what I hear is:
We only kill the animals who need us most.
What kind of “shelter”, “humane society” or “society for the prevention of cruelty” targets the weakest of the population for death?
Healthy, happy pets sell themselves in many ways. But pets with special needs such as an injury or illness, require extra care. Feral cats require a commitment to lifesaving in the form of a TNR program. Dogs with behavioral issues require time, effort and patience in order to rehabilitate them so they can be adopted. Orphaned puppies and kittens necessitate a foster program so the animals can be lovingly hand raised until old enough for adoption. Shouldn’t these be the animals we work the hardest to protect since their needs are greater?
Shelter directors could put it another way:
We only save the animals who require the least amount of effort to get adopted.
That’s not sheltering. That’s laziness and needless pet killing and PR spin. As I often say, if you can’t own it, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it.