What if shelters didn’t euthanize animals?

Some places are looking beyond the details of how to euthanize animals in shelters or how to control the drugs used to doing something about the idea of euthanizing animals in the first place.

Sue Manning wrote for AP today, Euthanasia to control shelter population unpopular

Nathan Winograd, director of the Oakland-based No Kill Advocacy Center, believes 95 percent of all animals entering shelters can be adopted or treated. And even though the other 5 percent might be hopelessly injured, ill or vicious, he said they should not all be doomed.

Some, if not most of them, can be cared for in hospice centers or sanctuaries, he said. As for pit bulls and other dogs with aggressive reputations, he said shelters need to do a better job of trying to find them homes.

That story has some interesting discussion of difficulties of getting to such a goal and methods of achieving it. Maybe we could have such a discussion around here.


1 thought on “What if shelters didn’t euthanize animals?

  1. Barbara Stratton

    I’m a lifetime animal lover & used to be infamous for bringing home strays. I don’t like to think about animals being euthanized, but as long as it is humanely done I don’t think we can totally eliminate it. I find it hard to understand why people will freak about animals being killed, but champion killing human babies.
    By the way, the stimulus bill contains a 600 page health care section that allows for death squads to determine when humans should be euthanized. Anyone over 70 is termed a unit that should not waste health care funds. Why is no one protesting this? Are animals more valuable than humans? Stimulus was defunded, but the other sections are still intact & this section is just waiting for enactment of the healthcare bill that coordinates with it. Don’t anyone tell me to cite this. The bill is online. If I can read it you can too.

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