No-kill shelters are always “full,” which means they must either hoard animals in overcrowded conditions or turn them away.
Animals that are refused admittance don’t miraculously vanish — they will likely be abandoned on the streets, cruelly killed, stuck on a chain in a backyard, or palmed off on irresponsible people.
They also push aggressive dogs onto adopters. These dogs either attack them or attack other people/pets because they never should have been adopted out in the first place.
|California: Pit bull adopted from county shelter kills woman's 5-pound |
Yorkie. Shelter gives the killer dog back to its previous owner
|New Jersey: City of Bloomfield demands neighboring city of |
Clifton return vicious pit bull, which mauled child, so
they can "send him to a sanctuary"
|Florida: Pit bull, which had been adopted out from local shelter, |
attacks little dog. Vet bill so far? $1,400
|California: Beth Ward and Contra Costa Animal Services |
continue to adopt out vicious dogs; THE SAME DAY this pit
bull was adopted
it attacks and kills a 6-pound Maltese named Teddy
|California: After man mauled by dog he'd just adopted, |
veterinarian says shelter so desperate to reduce their
"kill" rate, they're adopting out vicious dogs
|Connecticut: This is what happens when you have irrational |
people running a shelter who refuse to accept that
some dogs need to be euthanized
Spay/neuter legislation (supported by low-cost clinics) is the only humane and effective way to reduce the number of animals ending up in shelters in the first place.
If shelters really care about protecting animals — not just making their euthanasia numbers look good — they must continue to admit all animals.
— Jennifer Brown, Aurora, IL
(Chicago Tribune - Dec 11, 2016)