This is a very realistic letter written by one very frustrated shelter
manager who wanted to get the word out... sad but true. Just food for
thought. I don't want to start a debate or heated discussion about this
topic. It was posted on another forum, although it's mainly dogs and
cats it can & does also happen to birds and other animals:

from a Shelter Manager

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.

First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the
"back" of an animal shelter for just one day. 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. So 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.

The most common excuses I hear are; "We are moving and we can't take our
dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving too that doesn't allow
pets? Or they say "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 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 & how stressful do you think
being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, 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 in 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, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty
much dead when you walked it through the front door.

Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or
'well behaved' they are.

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, but not for long . Most dogs 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.

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. Until they get to "The Room", every one of them freaks out and
puts on the brakes 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 the size and how freaked out
they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They
will 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.
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 pets 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?

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 deal with everyday on the
way home from work.

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be
there unless you 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.


Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I
just hope I maybe changed one persons 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 and it made me
want to adopt". THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT.

For those of you that care--- please repost this to at least one other
list in another city/state. Let's see if we can get this all around the
US and have an impact.