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X post. I actually posted this on my local craigslist. it got flagged over night. but i got about 5 emails from it lol. think its awesome to open people eyes to this.

A Letter 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.


My point to all of this 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 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
 

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:cry::cry:All I can say is wow:cry::cry:
 

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working in a foster home is the same way, except for the 72 hour bit........
 

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Wow... and I thought I hated backyard breeders before I hated this.. Great post Trevor. Thanks for sharing!
 

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This is an old letter and it has been passed around for a while.
I will play the devils advocate and say I think this is an HSUS play to get more money out of the pockets of naive people who cannot think for themselves. While we can all agree that BYB and the irresponsible owners are the reason that shelters are over flowing.
REALLY how many reputable breeders dogs end up in a shelter? Maybe a few but really these are dog on contracts and if something happens where they cannot keep the dog the breeder will take them back. These are people who have breeder permits and do things by the law, not the BYB selling puppies at walmart. Many breeders do rescue themselves and help when they can. This goes for all breeds not just APBT's.

So I think of animal control as a necessary evil. Yes many great dogs are put down but so are the sick and dogs who have sever behavioral issues. They play an important part in our cities and someone has to run them. If this is shelter manager is so disturbed about what must be done then she/he is in the wrong line of work.

Passing more laws and mandatory spay and neuter will not stop animals from going to the shelter. BYB do not obey the laws, they no do license the animals or get breeder permits. What makes you think they will obey new ones? It only effects people who are currently trying to be a good citizen.

Remember it is Shelter managers like this that are the real problem! Look at a recent case of dogs that were seized buy the county for suspected neglect. They took over a dozen APBT's from a place and since the shelter did not have any room they put the dogs in the same few dogs runs. The dogs killed each other one by one and shelter workers watched. When the case was dropped by the court almost no dogs were left and the owner not charged. Now if the dogs were left where they were they would have all been alive. They were killed by the AC who could not properly take care of them. Another case here in NM they ordered the destruction of over 40 APBT's from a supposed dog fighting ring before it even when to trial. When it did go to court they ordered the dogs to be given back. Oops , sorry we already put them down and gave the others to rescue groups. Now AC is being sued. So yes feel sorry for this bleeding heart story but don't let the tears blind you from what is really going on.
Shelters are heart breaking but necessary, next time you see a BYB take your anger out on them not responsible breeders!
 

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I agree that shelters are necessary and that not all breeders are byb. But, I do believe this article was directed toward the byb's of the world.

If you KNOW that the dogs you produce will NEVER have this fate b/c you are willing to do what most breeders won't, then the person who wrote this article is not speaking to you. He has never had to deal with your dogs.

And I also don't think he is in the wrong line of work. His work is necessary, but I don't think anyone could put all of those unwanted animals down and not feel sympathy for them. How can you take a happy, healthy dog from its owners, knowing that the dog has a 96% chance of death once the leash is in your hands, and not feel disgust? How can you slowly drip cold oblivion into the veins of a once vital animal and not fester hate in your heart for the person who produced the animal - know that they would have no further use for it once the money exchanged hands?

He may be pissing and moaning a bit, but I don't blame him.
 

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I hear what you are saying Betty (like I said devils advocate) but I have seen this letter used to attack all breeder and drum up support for the HSUS. Now I thought this was a shelter manager and the HSUS really do not have shelters, that is ASPCA and SPCA, right?
 

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I know that the HSUS are trying to take over my county's animal shelter. They routinely go in and take dogs that are scheduled for euthanization. I know that the county and the shelter officials have fought against it really hard.
 

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FYI

Just an FYI, this is not a letter from an HSUS Manager, but rather from a shelter manager at a local shelter. I think it's a great letter to share, just wanted to clarify it is not from an HSUS employee.
 

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Just an FYI, this is not a letter from an HSUS Manager, but rather from a shelter manager at a local shelter. I think it's a great letter to share, just wanted to clarify it is not from an HSUS employee.
Either way it was something that more people should read. Thanks for clearing that up and welcome to gopitbull. Hope you stay around if you didn't already plan on it.
 
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