Unwanted Animals Agency
Unwanted Animals Agency is a new name for “animal shelters”. I just made it up. There are many more possibilities but all examples of renaming will be more accurate than the existing one because it appears from all I have read that the vast majority of these organizations, even with the best of intentions and kindest of hearts, cannot be described as a “shelter”.
The word “shelter” brings to mind a place where dogs and cats are shielded from harm and where they are protected from untoward happenings etc.
Yet, the vast majority kill a lot of cats and they call it “euthanasia”, another wrong use of a word! These cats are not ill to the point where killing them humanely would be the decent thing to do; they are healthy cats without a human companion to care for them.
I made the point in another post that in my opinion – and I am not shelter bashing – the way these facilities dispose of dead cats is important. If the cats are simply buried or cremated that will be the best that can be done but if as I suspect the dead cats are used in some commercial process such as pet food or animal dissection in labs, then a conflict of interest exists, which undermines the primary objective of the facility.
I would like someone who knows for sure to tell us where the dead cats and dogs end up.
The killing of cats and dogs manifestly dressed up in acceptable language. It silently promotes the continuation of what must be considered unacceptable behavior by the cat “shelters”. This is similar to the language of veterinarian clinics such as “declawing” and complete misdescription.
I don’t blame anyone except the irresponsible cat owners but cat “shelters” need a shake up and it should start with a renaming.
Other possibilities are:
Animal Placement Facilities
Homeless Animals Facility
I would like to thank Mayport Cats for the idea behind this post.