|That only gives people who've lost their pet 3 days to find it and a lot of lost animals
travel quite away from home and most owners don't even start looking for their cat
until the second or third day it doesn't come home
All the more incentive for people to start properly identifying their cats. And start educating people one why cats should be indoors. (obviously Ferals being an exception)
With that said our shelter holds strays for 72 hours, with no ID. Up to 7 when a pet comes in with A)microchip B) any form of an ID tag License, rabies, name tag. It's like I tell people "help us help you." Care enough about your pet to ID it.
People need to understand that their pet wearing a collar/microchip makes the difference in us picking up the phone and saying "Your pet is here."
I really hope an investigation is started on this shelter. I don't understand how anyone can miss the signs of Pan Luk/ and parvo. They are hard to miss.
I do understand that this shelter was a low kill, open door shelter. Which lead to their downfall. This is what happens.
Now, when I first heard the number I was shocked. However, the more I thought about it not so much. Is 1000 euthanized in one week, any different than 1000 euthanized in a six month period? Is it? Millions of homeless animals are being euthanized every year in this country. Those numbers are aweful and heartbreaking. Yet, it doesn't make the six o'clock news. Perhaps if local news stations took 1 minute to give the daily statistics of their local animal shelter. People would start waking up. Yet I somehow doubt it. People say "Oh that's so sad." But noone does anything about it. They will forget. So don't let them.