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The faces behind the euthanasia statistics

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
These are just a few of the faces behind the euthanasia statistics.

These guys are a minute few among the 3 - 4 million pets euthanized in shelters in the US each year. Most all were euthanized due to behavior of health issues - not because their "time was up".

Several of these kittens were "just one litter". Some the owner simply grew tired of. Several had litterbox issues due to declawing. Some had an array of preventable health issues, some had behavioral issues.





post #2 of 26
Thread Starter 
As the full brunt of kitten seasons begins, so do many more lives end. When will this death end? When will people begin to spay/neuter ALL their cats (whether they be "just farm cats" or not)? When will people understand the heartbreak, the tears shed, the sleepless nights, the death.



post #3 of 26
I knew it, I knew I should not opened this thread... Oh Nat, how can you deal with it? RIP all these kitties that were taken forcefully to the bridge much before their times
post #4 of 26
I've got no words apart from "Your all safe now at the Bridge"

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post #5 of 26
Hi Nat,

thanks for posting these pictures, as sad and heart breaking as it is.

Yes, you're right- things would be so much better if every cat friend kept an eye open for strays in their area and had them neutered or if more people would realize that adopting an older cat is so rewarding and intersting- the first time a shy cat comes up for a timid cuddle is priceless.

As much as I love kittens I wish that more people would decide against having just one litter.

sad regards,

Christine
post #6 of 26
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Hi Nat,

thanks for posting these pictures, as sad and heart breaking as it is.

Yes, you're right- things would be so much better if every cat friend kept an eye open for strays in their area and had them neutered or if more people would realize that adopting an older cat is so rewarding and intersting- the first time a shy cat comes up for a timid cuddle is priceless.

As much as I love kittens I wish that more people would decide against having just one litter.

sad regards,

Christine
Well said.

RIP lil 's
post #7 of 26
Nat, bless you for having the courage to post these pix!!! As utterly heartbreaking as it was to see those precious faces, it gave me a chance to truly look and each and every one and give a prayer that they find a special little angel to call their own I believe in Jesus' words that not even a sparrow dies without our God caring (sorry if I offend anyone with my beliefs, but they are mine, and I don't expect everyone to feel or believe the same way - it's just what was put into my heart); these little ones are safe now, and finally home.....and it does give me the motivation to muster on in my own rescue work....Bless you for being there - they are all so beautiful, it must be so hard to see them get euthanized . Sending mega prayers and vibes for continued encouragement
post #8 of 26
Oh, it's just breaks my heart.

I've admired those kittens in your avatar, and I knew they were at a shelter, but I didn't know they were gone now.

I hope all of them are no longer confused, hurt, and lonely. I hope all their troubles have passed and they are playing happily at the bridge.

It's really powerful to put the faces there, to separate the individuals from the statistics. Many people also assume that kittens and puppies will always be adopted from shelters because "everyone will want them." This also proves that's not the case.

Will people ever learn? Will animals always suffer from ignorance, irresponsibilty, and often cruelty at our hands?

I used to volunteer at the humane society, but it was too far away and I couldn't afford the gas to drive so far from my rural area. The other day I started looking for closer ones and writing down phone numbers, email addresses, and web sites for ones that are possibilites. I have to help.
post #9 of 26
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can´t belive it....I have a heart pain........
post #10 of 26
This is so sad. I made up my mind ages ago that when I next get a cat it will be from a shelter. It is a no-kill one but I still wish I could take them all home. How do you choose just one or two?

Looking at those pictures they could just as well be pictures from the members cats. So sad it has to end for them this way.

Rest In Peace
post #11 of 26
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post #12 of 26
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What a cutie and he or she looks quite young, too. This kitty looks a bit like my boy Schröder in younger years .

I hope he's gone over the rainbow bridge in peace and I for one won't forget him.

sad regards,

Christine
post #13 of 26
Was that a more recent one, Nat?

Beautiful kitty.
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
Tuesday he died, his body was shutting down due to some severe health problems, no longer eating, drinking, or going potty.
post #15 of 26
I'm soo sorry to hear that. He was definitely a looker and he had a really sweet face. I would have taken him in a minute.
RIP little guy.
post #16 of 26
I shouldn't have opened this, either. My eyes are all teared up. It is SO sad. RIP beautiful kitties. You deserved better than this.
post #17 of 26
This makes me so sad. We rescued a little girl at christmas from a kill shelter. I wish I could have done more for these innocent souls.
post #18 of 26
I think its easy for most people to take little responsibility for their cats, or even to abandon their cats at shelters because they may not know what goes on behind the scenes. Even if they knew their cats would be killed, they would not be there to witness it. They won't see their cats getting stressed, see the needle go in, see the body convulse and go limp. They only know that they themselves won't have to go through the inconvenience of scooping litter and getting cat hair out of their clothes anymore.

Sometimes I wish I could shove a knife into the hands of people who want to give up their pets for no good reason and ask them to kill their pets themselves. See if they can do it, see if they can reconcile the fact that their pet will die after being abandoned.
post #19 of 26
I know that last April, our shelter took a photo of every cat euthanized, before and after. I don't know the reason, but if I were the director, I would put an ad in the paper with every one of their pictures, just so people could get an idea of what the problem is.
post #20 of 26
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I know that last April, our shelter took a photo of every cat euthanized, before and after. I don't know the reason, but if I were the director, I would put an ad in the paper with every one of their pictures, just so people could get an idea of what the problem is.
That's a good idea, Mike, but so many people don't want to know, especially if they are part of the problem themselves.

This is such a heartbreaking thread, and one I've had to steel myself to open. RIP, sweeties. I'm sorry that this had to happen to you.
post #21 of 26
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Sometimes I wish I could shove a knife into the hands of people who want to give up their pets for no good reason and ask them to kill their pets themselves. See if they can do it, see if they can reconcile the fact that their pet will die after being abandoned.
Well said. Here where I live they don't even use a needle and a vet, it's still a gas chamber at the pound.

Wonder where pics like these could be posted that the people who really need to see them would do so and maybe wake up? The pet food aisle at Walmart maybe?
post #22 of 26
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I knew it, I knew I should not opened this thread... Oh Nat, how can you deal with it? RIP all these kitties that were taken forcefully to the bridge much before their times


I knew it too, I got as far as your post and I will go no further. It just makes me so sad, I knew I should have not opened this thread. I really hate threads like this.
post #23 of 26
I don't know what to say. I am so sad for those poor kitties.
post #24 of 26
All those poor little darlings. And to know that those are just a few of them that are euthanized each year simply because people don't give a rat's behind about what happens to their pets. It breaks my heart to think that humans can just throw away a creature that depends on them for literally everything in their lives simply because they're too selfish. One of my fosters I have because my own sister just didn't want 2 of her 3 cats anymore because she's having a baby and they were urinating and defecating on the floor because she wasn't cleaning the litterbox. When I worked at petsmart we had rescue groups come in every weekend to have a mini adopt-a-thon and it was awful to have to see so many cats and dogs without homes. Luckily the ones we affiliated with most have a large number of foster homes who will simply keep the pet until it's adopted.

RIP little angels. Play happily at the bridge and revel in your new life.
post #25 of 26
this is one of the main reasons I stopped working as a vet tech. It was part of my job, and if I was doing it for health reasons I was better. I cried with each animal that I had to assist to the bridge. There were some that I wanted to send over as they were suffering so bad but the owners didn't want to spend the money. I sat with quite a few as they took their last breath, and I gave each one a kiss. Sometimes they would be covered with fleas and ticks, (people really love their animals..hu...) and still make them suffer. It was the ones that couldn't be bothered that drove me to quit. I always turned down the lights after the IV was in, and spoke softly. It was the best I could do for them at the time, but they all went with my love. even the ones who would rather rip my arms off, it wasn't their fault. they all got a part of my heart.
post #26 of 26
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I sat with quite a few as they took their last breath, and I gave each one a kiss. Sometimes they would be covered with fleas and ticks, (people really love their animals..hu...) and still make them suffer. It was the ones that couldn't be bothered that drove me to quit. I always turned down the lights after the IV was in, and spoke softly. It was the best I could do for them at the time, but they all went with my love. even the ones who would rather rip my arms off, it wasn't their fault. they all got a part of my heart.
Its really nice that you would do this for every animal who was euthanized. I hope they took comfort that at least one human cared.
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