Although very unpleasant, this is a picture that we should all see. Some PoC visitors have already seen it.
“….all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society 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…..” (shelter manager commenting on the photo)
We discuss animal shelters quite a lot because it is where acts of life and death happen every day. They are very important places. You can’t get more important in the cat and dog world than the premature death of a healthy cat or dog.
Apparently the picture comes from Tri-Cities Craigslist (not sure what that is). A shelter manager posted the picture. Another shelter manager makes these points:
“….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…”
This is what the shelter manager says about killing. It is so poignant and it hurts. I have to quote him because he says and he sees it.
“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.
When it all ends, your pet’s 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? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? 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?”
The shelter manager says he hates his job because he deals with this everyday.
People who surrender their cat because “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat)” and other feeble excuses should go to the shelter outhouse and watch and think and go away with their cat or dog and love him for the rest of his life.
To many people, animal shelters are sanitised places to kill your cat or dog. There is a counter and a person smiles at you when you walk in with your pet. You convince yourself that you are “rehoming” your pet. You block out the possibility of your “family member” being killed in the “Room”. It is all a charade. Or you just don’t give a damn.
The solution is in the hands of people who want to keep a cat or dog.
Note: I would like to thank Dee for finding the picture and telling me about it.