It’s National Animal Shelter Reform Week although on this blog, that’s every week. Why is reform needed in the overwhelming majority of our taxpayer funded shelters? The answer is: Because directors and staff are not doing their jobs to shelter pets but instead are killing them.
I regularly hear excuses from directors, shelter staff, volunteers and others who enable them as to why they “can’t stop” killing pets. I outright reject the idea that they can’t stop since it’s been proven in dozens of open admission shelters all over the country that killing is a choice. Rather, too many shelter directors won’t stop killing.
By far the most common excuse offered is some variation of the following: What are we supposed to do with all these animals? It is the very asking of this question that disqualifies a shelter director or staffer from employment. Or at least it should. If you are running an animal shelter or working in one and you do not inherently know what it is you are supposed to do with all the animals in your care, why are you in this line of work? It’s not because you want to kill animals, right? Because no kill advocates are constantly told that nobody wants that. Usually by those doing the killing.
Please tell us why reform is needed at your local municipal shelter. Or if you are one of the lucky ones whose shelter has already been reformed, tell us how things have changed for your community pets since the shelter director and staff started doing their jobs.