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What Are Animal Shelters For? — 3 Comments

  1. Michael: “The point I made in the post was that we can’t compare the failures of Caboodle Ranch (CR) with most other animal shelters in the United States.”

    I agree. Caboodle Ranch was more of a hoarding situation than a sanctuary. Its operators were ignorant of the most basic requirements for animal welfare (e.g., wiping the noses of sick cats with toxic Clorox Wipes is not a substitute for proper veterinary care and hygiene). It failed to evaluate its own limits and respect them. And it contributed to the problems it was trying to solve by failing to spay and neuter animals, and allowing them to become infected with serious — and often incurable — diseases.

    It astounds me how many people think they can just acquire some property, start collecting animals, and expect the community (or national animal welfare groups) to do the rest for them.

    Long-term and large-scale animal care is not a hobby. Would you start a hospital without advanced education in how to operate that kind of facility?

    Why should animal care be any different?

    Good intentions are not enough! They must be backed with education, intelligence, careful planning, financial strategy, community support, staffing… It’s not for amateurs, and these operations should be licensed, inspected, and regulated as with any human health care operation.

  2. It all comes down to the same old thing, if people took responsibity for their pets for life and had them neutered too, Rescue Shelters would be what they should be, places to care for animals whose caretakers have died or become unable to care for them because of disablement or homelessness.
    Instead they’ve become dumping grounds in the USA and in the case of many cats, a waiting room until they are killed to make room for more unwanted cats and kittens.
    I feel sorry for the genuine cat lovers who volunteer at these Shelters, it must be heartbreaking.
    Education is very badly needed there in that cats are not possessions to be got rid of on any flimsy excuse, they are living feeling creatures who don’t deserve the way many are treated.
    Records should be kept of everything including the number of declawed cats killed without even making the adoption lists.

  3. It would be nice if we could see where the donations go. On what the money is spent. You are probably right in that the primary objective must be the flow of money coming in. Of course there is always a danger with that, but it would be nice to know when animals die because it’s cheaper to kill them for example. Or how much gets spent on PR and marketing versus other parts of the shelter process/structure. Yes, a national or even international standard of transparency would benefit the animals who pass through the shelter system.

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