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…
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