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Animal Shelters: another chance at life or death

February 3, 2011
By fortheloveofwriting GOLD, A Place, Oklahoma
fortheloveofwriting GOLD, A Place, Oklahoma
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An animal shelter, by definition, is: an establishment, especially one supported by charitable contributions, that provides a temporary home for dogs, cats, and other animals that are offered for adoption. An establishment that temporarily provides a home until the animal is adoptable. Sounds good, right?
However, this definition is more in line with no kill animal shelters. These shelters will either keep animals as long as possible, or give them to some other organization that can attempt to adopt out the animals. They will do all in their power to find a great new home for animals that may have been homeless, abused, or a victim of hoarding. Through these types of organizations and charities, animals are given a second chance at life, love, and happiness.
Not only do the animals benefit, but those who adopt them do as well. They can receive some of the best animals and friends from places such as these, (as I know from experience.) While animals may come from any condition, if they are healthy, and great with people, even if it so happens to be as a result of many months or years of training, they will get another chance to be happy and to know love like they should.
Programs like these are great and can really help people in many conditions. There are many success stories out there that will make one want to go adopt every single animal from a shelter that they can, or at the very least, help them.
On the contrary, when comparing no kill shelters to ones without the same beliefs, the results often are not so ‘successful.’ These shelters may take in animals from the streets, and give them what they need, if only for a little amount of time depending upon their policies.
To clarify, there are some shelters that will let an animal stay for two weeks before euthanizing it. Others give only 3 days. According to research, some shelters may give an animal 3 days, then an additional 7, should the owner come looking for the animal. Meanwhile, other shelters may give the animals a few months, a few weeks, a few days, or even just an hour.
These particular shelters may have excuses, such as “we don’t have enough room, we don’t have enough money to keep them alive, or they aren’t young or ‘cute’ enough and nobody will want to adopt them.” While it may be true that there is no room for the animal or not enough money, the shelters could give the animals to a no kill shelter or an adoption organization.
I personally believe that all animals, no matter what age, as long as they are healthy and gentle, are “adoptable.” The excuse that the animal is not young or cute enough has no support, seeing as many ages and kinds of animals are adopted all the time.
Animal shelters that do not have no kill policies don’t give the animals enough time. It may take more than 3 days, 7 days, or even a couple of weeks for someone to come to the shelter. But the people coming to adopt are not to blame, because the shelter could put out fliers or notices that there are adoptable pets waiting to find their ‘furever homes.’
Though some shelters may do this, and may even genuinely care about the animals, there are always those who just look at the animals as profit. Maybe they think keeping the animals alive is too much money or that there’s less hassle with less animals, but clearly, the animals’ best interest is not in mind, as it is at a no kill shelter.
Sure, maybe this is the first time in the animal’s life that they’ve had shelter or food and water, but is it beneficial if the animal will not even get a fair chance at life? The animals don’t know what’s going on, and they may be scared from the past, traumatized, or extremely shy, but they haven’t done anything at all to deserve to die.
So while not all shelters can ‘afford’ to keep the animals, they could find people who will foster the animals until adoption, or some other, positive alternative. Why, if an animal is not a harm to others, should it be killed without any choice? The animals can’t speak for themselves. Their fates depend on us to be their voice. Are you up for the challenge? I know I am.

The author's comments:
I've always thought that it seemed hypocritical for shelters to say that they save animals' lives only to kill them. Animal welfare is a great passion of mine and many others, as well. This is one way I can be their voice.

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This article has 31 comments.

on May. 23 2016 at 11:31 am
This is so sad and I believe that all animals deserve a second chance at life

Water said...
on May. 13 2016 at 12:01 pm
Im not an expert but sometimes, people don't realize how hard owning a pet is or they have to leave it for certain reasons.

Face said...
on May. 11 2016 at 2:20 pm
This artical was great I agree with all of you. I wish there was a way to help all of the dogs and cats

on Apr. 26 2016 at 12:09 pm
It's sad that people are so cruel to animals all the animals want is to have a family and be loved not to beaten and left alone to die with no food or water all you animal abusers think before you act.

Drew Nelson said...
on Apr. 21 2016 at 10:57 am
true but that is just killing inicent animals

Michael M. said...
on Apr. 21 2016 at 10:52 am
This was the saddest article I've read about animals with out homes. I believe that they should at least give animals a year to be adopted. And if no one shows up they should bring them to another animal shelter for them to have another chance to be adopted. I believe this because I rescued a dog that was not getting fed everyday and I could see almost all of his bones and I was devastated when I saw how badly he was treated. I'm only 12 but I believe that they should be treated fairly. Their animals just like us and we act like we are better than them and that's not true. Just because we can talk and walk on two legs doesn't make us better than them. I still have the dog I rescued, his name is King and he is a German shepherd and I love him no matter what he does to make me mad I will never put him up for adoption or treat him badly.

Matthew T. said...
on Apr. 14 2016 at 12:45 pm
animal shelters overfill due to abandoned animals,they cant afford to keep them all. What they do is the kill the ones that cant be helped(punctured lungs,internal bleeding,etc.), or they kill the old animals that aren't adopted, because,again, they can't afford to keep then all. If you want to help, go to a shelter and get a pet there. *does *Fair *alive

nadia341219 said...
on Apr. 14 2015 at 9:48 am
even though they are not cute or young still it dose not mean you should kill them that is abuse to animals only time I think they should be put down is when they are sick not because the are old.Its not fare to them and some people hate having animals be put down. Plus they get rid of them if they say they don't have that much money to keep them a live. IT COST MORE TO KILL THEM THAN KEEPING THEM ALIVE!!!!!!! I think that the person who wrote this is a good person and they just want to tell people what they do to animals that kill them and it is the wrong thing to do.

Lilianna6410 said...
on Mar. 23 2015 at 9:29 pm
Why don't people just stop all this crap!? Keep your animals people, if you can't take the responsibility don't get an animal!! This would all go away if everybody listened to the minds!!!

Brianna35 said...
on Feb. 4 2015 at 2:10 pm
second comment!:)

Brianna35 said...
on Jan. 21 2015 at 7:44 pm
First comment!

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