The talks about the kill vs no-kill shelters has been going on for a while in Kuwait.
A great read I found on PETA’s site which made me rethink about the happiness and health of the pets at the shelters.
The animal activists or active animal lovers (whatever you want to call them) are divided into two groups who keep defending the policies of the shelters they believe in and try to explain how the other is wrong.
People talk about a no-kill shelter as if it is the animals heaven. and some tell you horror stories about the kill-ok one. All I know is that a pet at the shelter is not a happy pet.
I have one dog and one cat and sometimes I feel that I am being unfair to one of them by spending more time and playing longer with the other, so imagine those 100+ pets at the shelters. Now go see them again and tell me they are happy there.
Plus I’m just using my logic: The no-kill shelter is full, because it keeps ALL the dogs and cats that it currently has at the shelter. And while Shelter no-kill is full there are pets outside in the streets that were just dumped and have absolutely NO clue about the street life, and will most probably have 100% rehome chance, but because the no-kill shelter is always full then these clueless shih tzus (dog breed) or himalayans would stay in the street because the no-kill shelter will not accept any more pets when full and these animals in the streets won’t get a chance to survive cause probably the next thing that will hit them is either a car or starvation or heat or cold. So the end is the same for the animal who will either die being euthanized if not adoptable or die on the street. Now see how I will twist the words as I want people to hear it.
The animals who will go to a euthanasia-ok shelter will at least have a chance to be tested and listed as an available pet, however those dumped in the street will die a terrible painful death.
The previous statement is an example how I want people to read and create perception about a certain shelter. Now, there is another group of people who use the opposite statement saying: “The animals that go to a kill-ok shelter will definitely die, while if stayed on the street they will have a chance to live”. <= See how you can change the way you want people to think about a certain situation? It’s all about your perception.
And let’s assume the no-kill shelter will keep the animals forever until adopted. How about these animals staying in the shelter for years and years. Is this a life that a pet wants to live? with little love, little attention, tiny spaces, or cages shared with many dogs or cats who are all dying for a human touch. Everybody thinks euthanasia is a terrible death. Why are these people not saying anything about the terrible lives these animals have to live waiting forever and forever for that forever home… Spending years and years in cages, is it really worth the suffering and isolation. Does the pet really need to be put through this lifelong hurtful experience because there are people who believe that no-kill is the best thing that ever happens to a dumped pet?
Sometimes putting an animal to peaceful sleep is what we owe to give to some animals, out of love not out of hate.
So instead of spending too much time to think whether the animal is dying at the shelter, or dying on the street cuz the no-kill shelter is rejecting it, start spending more time in helping the shelters and may be direct your anger at the people who are dumping them, because they are the reason why such shelters are founded.
I want to know what you think. Please leave a comment below so I know what’s your take on this.
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