The issue of euthanasia is a volatile one, regardless of which side you take. One thing is certain, no one working for a rescue or in a shelter or humane society enjoys euthanasia, or would choose to do it unless there were no other available options.
Many organizations that refer to themselves as ‘no-kill’ also limit the admission of homeless animals. The Green Lake Area Animal Shelter believes that we have a responsibility to all cats and dogs in need, and that shelters are just as responsible for the animals they turn away as they are for the ones they accept. When one shelter turns animals away in order to be no-kill, they are plain and simply affecting the euthanasia rates at the next shelter down the road.
The Green Lake Area Animal Shelter evaluates each and every cat and dog as an individual, and makes decisions based on what is the kindest course of action for the animals. There are no time limits, no hard and fast behavior guidelines, no breed, age or other specific criteria. Special needs pets are given the extra attention they need while they are here. We do not place dangerous animals with histories of aggression back into the community. We are often limited in the amount of medical care we can provide by our budget constraints. Our goal is to provide the best care possible for as many animals as we can, while searching for permanent, loving homes for all of them. The fact of the matter is that there are not enough homes for the millions of abandoned or relinquished cats and dogs that enter shelters across this country every year. We all play a part in their story, and we all have a responsibility to do what we can to make a difference.
What can YOU do to end the needless euthanasia of healthy cats and dogs? Make sure that your pet is spayed or neutered so that no accidental litters are created. Choose adoption rather than purchasing a pet from a pet store or breeder or acquire a pet from a free litter in the classified ads. Volunteer at your local humane society or animal shelter. Your time is invaluable to both the animals and the staff there. Encourage others to do the same!