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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