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Shelter kittens euthanised and then their mother who is named posthumously — 44 Comments

  1. That is just horrible 🙁 For starts to kill the Kittens and then Mama. If marc was around he be horrified. As am I that’s just horrible. I don’t understand it at all. That Cat looks a lot how my Cassy looked :'( It seems that there is lack of emotional. So pleased I don’t Live in America It would just break my heart. Things really are just so horrible for all animals in this world.

  2. You should read some of their posts. Fosters trying to get to shelter for a cat and shelter saying “kill in 90 minutes.” Wonder. If anyone has ever wrecked trying to get there in time!

  3. It means the cat was returned to go to the adoption floor and then got sick. If the foster has already taken in another cat to put them over the limit and a new foster doesn’t take the sick cat at the shelter then the shelter kills it within hours.

  4. This is the screenshot saying a foster can’t take back her former cats if she already has 2 sick cats in her care. Which means the foster has to sit by and watch when no one steps forward and the cat she lovingly tended is killed.

    Michael I’m trying to stay awake until you get the feral cat article online but don’t know if I’ll make it or not. It’s in your email.

  5. I’ve asked for their comment and even offered to do an entire article from their viewpoint and heard nothing back so far. They may not want comments made against anything they may say.

  6. If you are spending 8 million dollars a year on a shelter and nothing is getting better, attacking Elisa, me or anyone else is not the problem. They need to look in the mirror.

  7. Not ashamed to say I shed tears when I saw the photos and the captions underneath. I realise this poor cat and her kittens are just one of the countless victims of shelter death row, but that doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking.

    It’s sickening to think that a shelter with adequate funding is euthanising cats without even giving them a chance to be rehomed. Naming the mother cat after she was killed, was just a cynical move to imply they care about each cat as an individual.

    • Michele you have a very tender heart. Good for you. The one thing we lack here is the ability to go and talk to the shelter management and try and understand what happened and why. I wonder sometimes if we are missing something or is just plain carelessness and a lack empathy and sensitivity by the staff to the fact that these are living sentient beings that were brought into the world to be companions to humans.

      • We need more transparency from the shelters on the true numbers of animals brought in and what is the time-scale for euthanasia if they are not re-homed.

        I don’t honestly know if they feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of animals compared to the number of homes available / costs of keeping the animals long-term until suitable homes are found. Do they become desensitised to killing animals as a coping mechanism?

        Instead of Palm Beach getting annoyed with Elisa for speaking out, perhaps they should hold their hands up and admit the true scale of things. Maybe if the public realised just how many animals end up being destroyed for lack of a home, more people might understand the importance of spaying and neutering?

        • I’m REALLY getting bashed today. I’m used to it by now. Yes, it’s the fault of those who don’t spay/neuter, but if a system isn’t working, then change the system. Greenville does adoption events, gets Fox Carolina involved and they make a day of it at the shelter. They had pet matchmaking a few weeks ago and all pets were $25 and 167 were adopted in 13 hours. The matchmaking had people filling out cards about their lifestyle so a lazy person didn’t get stuck with a hyper dog. Palm Beach needs to promote more adoption events and tell the public how badly help is needed. Fosters are full and rescues are full so the answer has to lie with adoption and spay/neuter.

          • This has been one of the major problems Elisa. The shelter will not admit they need help and instead blacklist and attack fosters. I personally know of 6 amazing cat fosters who have walked away because they were tired of being treated like dirt. Imagine how many I don’t know that walked away and didn’t look back. When you talk to people in the community a statement you often here is “I used to volunteer there.” Diane Sauve has been the director for over 12 years now and says she has it all under control. If that’s the case why have things not only not improved in all of that time, but instead have become worse. Now she wants another ten years? Let’s see 8 million dollars times ten…..

  8. It’s harder to “take out the trash” when it has a face and an identity. It’s easier to just call them “kitty”.

  9. Elisa, unbelievable. Do you have a local TV news person that will investigate? We have one in Houston that is an animal advocate that we can occasionally get help from if he is not working another case. Keep up the good work.

  10. I have to say the Greenville shelter is nothing like this. They get in seriously injured pets. They get in senior pets. A 17 yr old dog was brought in a few days ago. Greenville puts notices on their page and also sends out an urgent medical email. Sealy wouldn’t have lasted an hour at Palm Beach. I spends hours each week doing donation articles for those who rescue these animals. The conversation thread I’ve been on since the Danielson hoarding case is getting me more stories than I can keep up with. Cabarrus shelter is trying to get more rescued since they found out I’m a writer. I’ll be helping them this week. It just never ends. Gone are the days when I had to search for hours for a topic.

  11. Screenshots are my new best friend. Today we’re watching Ivan who had a foster who couldn’t make it to the shelter yet the shelter announced he had 2 hours to live and no another foster couldn’t deliver him to the foster who would care for him. And now a branch of the no-kill movement is investigating them. I grew a backbone writing for PoC 🙂

    • I sense there is a lack of honesty amongst shelter staff/management. There is certainly a lack of transparency and that simple fact indicates dishonesty.

      As for being thick skinned. When you write an article you are there to be shot down if the article has some fire in it.

      • There’s also the disclosure notice many shelters force staff and volunteers to sign saying they want say anything negative about the shelter to anyone, including news media.

        • Same thing happened in Cyprus when some of the volunteers at Paphiakos Animal Welfare went to the local Cypriot newspapers and told them about dogs being gassed in a large room. In their defence the shelter accused the volunteers of having a grudge because they were let go, but the photos of the gassed dogs were impossible to deny.

          It’s been a long time coming, but I understand that particular shelter has since lost their charitable status.

          Is there an animal friendly journalist at any of your local papers who might be able to cover the problems at Palm Beach? Even a couple of weeks working under-cover as a volunteer might be enough to give them all the evidence they need.

        • Since the shelter gives no reason, how do fosters and people helping go to a Plan B? The rules change constantly and are different from dogs than cats.

          • Tonya: I’m not very familiar with American geogrpahy, but is that Boca Raton?

            From what I understand it’s one of the most affluent areas in the U.S. I was part of a long-term study group on the number of declawed cats in U.S. shelters. To my horror, there were more 4 paw declawed cats in Boca Raton than elsewhere and some of the stories of how they ended up in the shelters were horrendous.

            By keeping a daily check on shelter numbers I soon deduced which days mass euthansia took place, because the number of cats in the shelter would drop by several thousand over the course of a weekend and I just knew that no way had they rehomed that many cat 🙁

            I suspected then, that the true number of animals being brought in and quickly destroyed without ever going up for adoption was something they were hiding from the general public.

              • Elisa, would it be a good idea if one of us telephoned Palm Beach Animal Care and Control and asked them if they’d like to comment?

                It might produce nothing but it would be interesting to hear their point of view on all this.

            • Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is in West Palm Beach, Florida but is the shelter for all of Palm Beach County. The shelter spends 8 million dollars per year. In addition to that it has received private donations from non-profits, donations from the public and grant money for zip code spay/neuter programs. As we all know, you can’t throw more money at a failing system in order to fix it. Of course, funding is always needed but the money spent on killing could be used in a more proactive life saving capacity.

              • Tonya, are you willing and able to ask them to comment on what’s happening? Either in a phone call or a face to face visit?

                They may say “no comment” but it may produce something interesting which I’d publish. I’d make a donation to a shelter of your choice or to you 😉

              • We’ve been trying to get answers from the shelter for years and the only answers we get are blaming the public and/or blaming the fosters. They absolutely refuse to admit that their “system” is what’s at fault or to except help from people who know how to fix it. I have seen people from the shelter commenting on your article and Elisa’s but always as a fake alias. It’s interesting that the ones who want proactive change are using their real names, but the ones defending practices which have done nothing to decrease the cat kill rate in 12 years are hiding.

                I will put it out there and see if they respond. As themselves….

            • I put it out there Michael and should a shelter staff representative choose to comment, my shelter of choice is Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control for the cats.

  12. This is so common in shelters across the nation. It is extreme frustrating to rescuers, too many die every day and sometimes it is too much to deal with.

      • I’m already being bashed for sensational journalism. Never mind I wasn’t writing against them during the month of October when 75% of the intake cats were killed and only around 20% of the dogs. This facility is blind and blaming everyone but themselves.

        • Elisa, if you are sure of your facts and I believe you then stick at it. Personally I’d like to visit the place and ask questions. Really try and get to the bottom of it. I probably wouldn’t get further than the front door 😉

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