The truth about most dogs lives.

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by bock, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. bock

    bock Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    I was just browsing Craigslist, and I felt compelled to share this story. I realize the mistakes my family has made when dealing with a problem dog and adopting a new dog. Once we found a pitbull when we were coming home from my grandma's house. She had the handle part of the leash around her neck, and it was growing into her skin as she got bigger. She was very skinny, and eating out of the garbage, we assumed she was abandoned. She jumped into the car when we opened the door, so we decided to take her. Once we got home, we discovered what we had gotten ourselves into. She had food aggression, she got into fights with my lab, she bit my mom, and she killed our chickens. After 3 months it became too much, and while I was at school my mom took her to the pound. I cried for a whole day, after that. I knew she was probably killed the day she came in, and I still believe we could have helped her and given her the gift of life. We could have hired a dog behaviorist, taken her to training classes, or as a last resort, taken her to a rescue at the very least. We decided a while later to get another dog. My mom and my little sister wanted a small dog. So, instead of rescuing from the pound, we drove to the pet store and paid $500 for a ''chi-wiener''. That day, one more shelter dog died, as we made over our designer puppy, for all I know is probably a puppy mill puppy. I know we made a mistake, but now that we know more about this, I want to help others realize this as well. At the same time, I have saved the life of 5 pets. I rescued my lab mix and 3 cats all from high-kill shelters, and we rescued one abandoned cat from a school, where animal patrol was taking cats and euthanizing them. I realize not everyone can always adopt from a shelter, but if you just want a friendly pet, please consider adopting. Anyways, here is the story I saw on Craigslist, and I thought I should share, and I hope people truly take to heart. And remember this when they think about breeding their pets, and buying instead of adopting, in some cases.

    I'm not the original poster, thought I would pass this on.

    Letter from a Shelter Manager

    I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will.

    First off, all of you breeders/sellers 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, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know.

    That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

    The most common excuses I hear are; "We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving too that doesn't allow pets? Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? "We don't have time for her". Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! "She's tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog".

    Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. 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.

    Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are.

    If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

    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. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.

    When it all ends, your pets 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? 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?

    I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work.

    I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.

    Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.

    My point to all of this DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!

    Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this and it made me want to adopt". THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT

    For those of you that care--- please repost this to at least one other craiglist in another city/state. Let's see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact

    I believe this person has a good point, but not everyone can always adopt. I just thought people should hear her story. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2010
  2. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    And this is the reason I have all the dogs that were born to me [​IMG] I would/could NEVER take a dog to a shelter, no matter the circumstances.

    Good post [​IMG]
  3. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    This is why I adopt from shelters, spay/neuter, and encourage others to do the same. I'm lucky in that our local shelter is run by a rescue group and our euthanasia rate is less than 3%--literally only extremely dangerous dogs and dogs that are already dying--but I know that's not how all shelters are. [​IMG] People are so irresponsible with this species that we are in charge of giving a good, happy life. The thought of euthanizing a nice healthy dog because there's no home for it just kills me a bit inside.

    My pembroke welsh corgi Honey came from a shelter, and she's my best friend in the whole world. [​IMG]
  4. CakeOil

    CakeOil In the Brooder

    Aug 3, 2010
    Excellent post. 3 of my daughters and I volunteered for years at a local shelter (1 still does volunteer there). Right on the money. Our 3 dogs and cat are rescue dogs, 2 of them terribly abandoned and abused. They're happy now - but still keep them away from the chickens. [​IMG]
  5. snewman

    snewman Songster

    Feb 22, 2007
    Belleville, WI
    Good for you for posting this. I couldn't agree more. All of my dogs except one (a golden retriever puppy raised for the Leader Dog School for the Blind) have been shelter dogs. Two of them probably would not have lasted in the average home; Dante, who was a malamute mix, very smart, very tough and very alpha, just died in January, and my new guy Titus, a shepherd/husky mix who is also very smart and a little ornery, but hilarious. Both these boys would have had a hard time with someone who really just wanted an "easy" family dog. They wouldn't have lasted and would have been dropped off once past the cute puppy stage and most likely would not have been readopted. I feel like raising a litter of puppies would be one of the most awesome, fun, totally adorable things in the whole world, but I know I will never do it, because I can't justify adding to the overpopulation. Perhaps if some lost, lonely, already pregnant dog showed up on my doorstep, I could have this experience, but otherwise I never will. It goes against everything I think about dog breeding (ie, some random person- me - without decades of experience with a given breed and the ability/willingness to take any dog back any time in its life. I know I have no business breeding dogs, not once, not a dozen times. I have not invested the time and energy it takes to learn enough about a breed to do it justice and to think that I can do something to improve it. Most people haven't. For those who have, they deserve credit and they do take very good care of their dogs and their breed. Many people just can't accept or admit that they are not among that group of serious breeders and think they might be able to make a buck, or breed just because they can and it's their "right". The dogs lose every time.
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:Me either.. never EVER do it.
    I would have my dog put DOWN before i sent them to a shelter. My cats too.. never EVER.
  7. isadream

    isadream Songster

    Mar 10, 2009
    Huntsville, Alabama
    This is all well and good but no where do you address the issue of over 300,000 dogs being imported into the US every year by Peta and other "rescues". These animals are being brought in and "adopted" (sold) by the same ppl that are "rescueing" (importing) them.

    Many of these are coming in from third world countries and being imported with rabies and other such wonderful things which puts our pets at risk. We have had 2 different animals adopted out of our local shelter who were positive for rabies. My daughters life is not worth it to me and as a result my dogs will come from local breeders who care about their animals.

    Check out the facts on this if you dont believe me---
  8. bock

    bock Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Thanks everyone for your support. [​IMG] I just looked at Craigslist again, and someone flagged the post. I just think that is so disgusting. Someone is trying to help these poor creatures and somebody who just lets their dogs have puppies all the time doesn't like the truth, so they flag it. Ugh! Anyways, at least I can spread the word here. [​IMG]
  9. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    Quote:Me either.. never EVER do it.
    I would have my dog put DOWN before i sent them to a shelter. My cats too.. never EVER.

    Same here. At least that way she would die while being comforted in my arms.
  10. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    Agreed Redhen! I'd put my dogs down myself before I sent them to a shelter. This is a symptom of our society and this "disposable" mindset. I can't tell you how many times people just dump a dog because they have to move or have a baby. Once they move, they always seem to get a "new" dog. I don't understand it. I've also seen many people who get puppies and as soon as the dog turns about a year old, they get rid of it and within a couple of months they have a new puppy. Sickening.

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