While euthanasia rates for dogs and cats in our nation's animal care and control facilities have been in steady decline for more than three decades, there are still millions of healthy dogs and cats euthanized every year. We as a nation shouldn't stand for that.
We'll continue to try to save animals from needless euthanasia in this country. We'll save the pits, and anything else we can. And we'll try to convince the adopting public to go their local shelters first, if they're in the market to adopt.
Six long weeks ago our dachshund Jack passed away. After the tears and the emotions of loss, I came to my characteristic conclusion that it was time to make lemonade of life's latest crop of low-down lemons.
Each year we kill 3 million healthy and treatable dogs and cats at our shelters. For those who don't believe it is possible to transition from kill to no-kill, lets look at other shelters who've done it.
Target, the hero dog who saved American soldiers from a suicide bomber attack, was euthanized this week because of mistaken dog identity. This dog survives a suicide bomber and then is put to death by our barbaric animal "shelter" system.
Last month I featured a guest blog from Amanda Arrington, The Humane Society of the United States' manager of spay/neuter initiatives, spotlighting one of the pet health clinics that are part of our larger Gulf Coast initiative.
Pet hoarders now threaten to turn back the clock on hard-won animal shelter reforms in many municipalities by bullying authorities into adopting magical sounding "no kill" policies that do animals no favors.