Originally Posted by ckblv
But that is the owner's fault, not the dogs
In fact, even trained domestic animals are, well, animals. They operate largely on instinct, and the results of crowding large numbers of them into a shelter along with large numbers of people, most of whom they don't know, would likely not be good, especially since only a small portion of those animals would be properly trained in the first place.
I love my cats to pieces, but I have no illusions about how well they would handle being in a shelter with tons of other people and animals. They can't stay in carriers all the time. What happens when you let them out to eliminate? As a matter of fact, where WOULD they go to the bathroom? What would they eat? Would the owners bring food with them? What about just the space that takes up? I would have a hard time justifying bringing four cat carriers, food, litter, etc., in a situation where human beings are being left behind.
In a situation like that, it's not just about YOUR needs, or even your pets' needs. It's about what will get the most people out the most quickly and into a situation (shelter, etc.) that is maintainable.