[quote=Breal76;1435660]At the end of the day, our euthanasia rate is high. You can see it on the kennel managers face. Most of the time I am left wondering why are we the only ones who are willing to carry the burden? It's stories like this news article that make me glad our shelter is an open door.
BReal, I can commiserate with you - you clearly see reality, and it is indeed tough.
I know the kill v. no-kill debate belongs in the IMO forum, so will tip-toe around THAT provocative subject, but have to agree with you about other shelters who simply turn away people without attempting alternatives or at least showing more empathy.
In my personal experience, I was visiting Oakland, Calif's SPCA when a man brought in 3 tiny kittens in a box, very please with himself for having rescued them (he was at his grandparents', helping the family prepare the family estate for sale [situation sound familiar
] and his cousins wanted to drown the kittens). Anyway, with more unfriendly attitude than I could believe, the girls at the front desk chided him for not taking the kittens to the county shelter. In response, his attitude quickly deteriorated, and he left shouting that maybe he should drown them after all, that it was his one day off and he didn't have the time to be running around dealing with these kittens.
I followed him out, and offered to take the kittens in, or to at least drive them to the animal shelter myself (although I was a tourist, with a rental car and no idea about driving around in Oakland). I commiserated with him, and he calmed down, he assurred me that he would indeed take the kittens to the shelter; I had told him that he was a true cat's hero, and asked him to visit TCS, and maybe join, and share his story - that even tho the staff there didn't appreciate his good deeds, we TCSers certainly would. So, hopefully, he kept his word, but I was haunted by his last comment, " I guess it's true, no good deed goes unpunished - my uncle was already "po'd" that I was taking the time to bring these kittens down here".