The Harsh Truth about Taking your Dog or Cat to a Shelter

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The shelter manager’s letter:

“I am posting this (and it is long) because 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.
Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know – that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore.

How would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at – purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays” that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

No shortage of excuses
The most common excuses I hear are:

We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).
Really? Where are you moving to that doesn’t allow pets?

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 bringing her inside, 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, and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is?

Well, let me tell you. Dead pet walking!

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 about 25 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 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, rottweiler, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted.
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, though not for long. Most pets 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 shelters just don’t have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

The grim reaper
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. That is, until they get to “The Room”.

Every one of them freaks out and puts on the breaks 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 vet techs (depending on their size and how freaked out they are). A euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They 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 it’s leg. 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.
When it all ends, your pet’s 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? 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?

Liberty, freedom and justice for all
I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head. I do everyday on the way home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists and I hate that it will always be there unless people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.
My point to all of this is DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!

Hate me if you want to – the truth hurts and reality is what it is.
I just hope I maybe changed one person’s mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say “I saw this thing on craigslist and it made me want to adopt”.
That would make it all worth it.”

Author unknown

HALLMARK CHANNEL HONORS OUR REMARKABLE FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS WITH “AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS”,

HALLMARK CHANNEL HONORS OUR REMARKABLE FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS WITH

“AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS”, PREMIERING ON VETERAN’S DAY, 11-11-11 AT 8:00pm ET/PT,

HOSTED BY CARSON KRESSLEY

90-Minute Star-Studded Special Highlights the Many Ways Dogs

Enrich, Prolong, and Save Lives Everyday

Troops Overseas will Have Opportunity to Watch the Broadcast Via Armed Forces Network

Studio City, California – November 3, 2011 – Hallmark Channel is proud to present the inaugural “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™”, a moving celebration of our four-legged friends and the innumerable contributions they make on our behalf. Presented by CESAR® Canine Cuisine and produced by Emmy® Award winning MRB Productions, the Hero Dog Awards will premiere on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011 at 8:00pm ET/PT. In salute of Veteran’s Day and honoring our many enlisted servicemen, women, and dogs overseas, the Hero Dog Awards will be broadcast for our troops worldwide through Armed Forces Network, following its debut on Hallmark Channel.

Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning Carson Kressley and taped before a live audience in the Beverly Hilton’s historical International Ballroom on October 1, the Hero Dog Awards pays tribute to eight remarkable dogs and their handlers — each partnership a powerful testament to the age-old bond between dogs and people.

Following a nationwide online search that elicited some 400,000 votes, each dog was selected among hundreds of nominees from all 50 states in one of eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs, and finally, Emerging Hero Dogs a category that highlights ordinary pets who do extraordinary things. The finalists and their handlers were flown to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet, mingle with celebrities, and take the stage to accept their special “Hero Dog” award, following a presentation of a special video tribute telling each of their incredible stories. At the end of the evening, one dog was named the overall “American Hero Dog.”

Celebrity judges and presenters on hand for the festivities included Betty White, Peter Fonda, Faith Ford, Pauley Perrette, Michael Vartan, Jason Lewis, Candy Spelling, Victoria Stillwell, Joey Lawrence, among many others.

For more on each of the eight dogs and their inspirational stories go to:

http://www.herodogawards.org

25th Annual Genesis Awards – Celeb Video Interviews Collection and Photos

Awards Ceremony Photos
Kristen Davis, Emily Deschanel, Will Estes, Sam Witwer, Robert Davi, Charlotte Ross, Tim Kang, Leona Lewis, Michael Vartan, Tippi Hedren , James Cromwell, Esai Morales, Olivia Munn, Simon Helberg, Betty White, Ed Asner, Jane Leeves, Wendy Malik and Valerie Bertinelli

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The Humane Society Genesis Awards were held in Beverly Hills this weekend. All kinds of stars came out to support animals.

Show was March 19, 2011
Interviews with-
Kristen Davis, James Cromwell, Olivia Munn, Ed Asner, Renee Russo, Amanda Righetti, Carrie Preston, Lindsay Pulsipher, Emily Deschanel, Michael Vartan, Tippi Hedren, Ryan O’Neal, Charlotte Ross, Simon Helberg, Robert Davi, Esai Morales, Shorty Rossi and Hercules

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Friends of Animal Care and Control Phoenix Wags and Whiskers Wish Drive

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Take Time To Watch — Paws and Tune In! Help animals in need for Valentine’s Day
Wags & Whiskers Wish Drive
Saturday, February 12, 2011 – ABC 15 – 2pm to 5pm

$50 could buy your Valentine flowers; or it could change the life of an animal in Maricopa County.

Join Friends of Animal Care & Control for the Wags & Whiskers Wish Drive! This commercial-free event will feature three hours of non-stop fun, interviews, videos, and of course, dogs and cats!

Click Here to Make a Wish Come True!

Tune in to hear about Friends of Animal Care & Control’s mission; watch interviews with experts in a variety of pet-related fields and listen as they answer some of your frequently asked questions; see dogs and cats available for adoption from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control; and meet some Animal Care & Control alumni who have found their forever home!
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Animal Planet gets ready for Puppy Bowl VII

Animal Planet celebrates Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6, with ‘Puppy Bowl Vll,’ featuring puppies and other animals up for adoption, running around and having fun on their own miniature stadium.
Animal Planet Takes Super Bowl to the Dogs
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Are You Ready for Some… Puppies?
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