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An Animal Shelter’s Responsibility to the Community — 11 Comments

  1. Here is another question, Elisa ;). Why aren’t animal shelters under a legal duty to provide full data on euthanasia, rehoming, deaths by infectious diseases, declawed cats brought, prevalence of diseases such as FIV and FeLV etc. etc.? As far as I know all these things can be kept secret.

    If improvements are to be made there has to be sufficient information on the current situation to be able to understand where the improvements are required and the type of problems that exist.

    • The Greenville shelter is pretty good at keeping everyone up to date. They have a daily email of urgent cats and also one of urgent dogs. This email tells whether any were adopted, rescued, gone into foster or whether euthanized and what the reason was. This page also tells who’s been euthanized. The trouble with this list before a lot of animals never got on any list because there were simply too many. Now they’re trying to network all the animals. They have urgent and super urgents lists. The list of the dead is here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.197323487012588.49588.194011810677089&type=3

      My biggest concern is how many deaths of a disease should make it considered an epidemic? A dozen, one? That seems to be up to the shelter director.

      • Sounds good by why don’t all shelters have to publish essential information? After all they are accountable to the taxpayer through local government. The people deserve to know how their money is being spent.

      • My biggest concern is how many deaths of a disease should make it considered an epidemic?

        Perhaps there should be some nationwide standards on this sort of topic. Perhaps there should be a “quango” (semi-governmental body) that oversees animal shelters to raise standards, provide guidance and collate and publish data. 🙂 I think I am dreaming…..

  2. Shelters are supported through taxpayer money.

    Ideally and ethically all animals should have health screenings and vaccinations by qualified persons upon intake. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

    Yes, shelters have a responsibility to inform adopters if their pets were exposed to contagious diseases. And, ideally and ethically the adoptees should be vaccinated and treated at the shelters’ expense. THIS, TOO, WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

    The excuse will be lack of money. But, as a taxpayer that supports them, I would rather see my money used in that way instead of euthanization. I strongly resent that I am paying for animals to be killed!

    • Good point. I think running a shelter to the highest standard should save money in the long term. It is a complicated economic equation but botching things just leads to waste and half-baked solutions.

      What I am saying is that perhaps (a) shelters should use available resources to a maximum efficiency and (b) more money be made available.

      How efficient are animal shelters? Are there any criteria or standards or check ups by inspectors etc.?

  3. This is a good topic. Am I correct in assuming that some shelters keep quiet when there is an outbreak of a contagious virus. If so, is it to protect their reputation? You may have already said that.

    The obvious answer is animal shelters must notify when there is a health problem that might have affected cats and dogs already adopted.

    That must be the right thing to do for all concerned.

    We should go back one step and say that outbtreaks of nasty contagious diseases should not occur in shelters. That would solve the problem.

    Is it possible, through meticulous attention to vaccinations and health to prevent these health problems occurring at shelters.

    If shelters are breeding grounds for diseases it must seriously undermine the reason for their existence when you include the fact that lots of them kill lots of health but unadopted cats.

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