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post #1 of 19
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Here in GA, many of the county run shelters now advertise which animals are due for euthanization. They use different terms, Last Chance Pets, or this animal will be unavailable after xx date, or these animals will be euthanized tomorrow if not adopted.

Some friends went down this weekend to visit parents (who live in rural GA) and came back talking about how they thought advertising the animals in such a way was tacky or in poor taste.

My reponse was that it's the truth. People need to know when they let their pet have a litter or two, or when they're "forced" to take them to the pound, that this is the result. Someone then has to kill your pet.

The only downside I could think of was someone feeling so bad for "Rover" that they adopt him without realizing that "Rover" is more dog than they can handle, and the consequences of adopting an animal you're not equiped to deal with.

So what do you guys think? Should kill shelters be blatant about who's next to go?

~Julia
post #2 of 19
I think they should. That was the most urgent ones are adopted first and then the one who has more time to be chosen. It would be hard for me to go into a kill shelter and not take all the ones who are supposed to be put down soon. But I think tis good that they do let people know that Fido is oging to be put down if noone steps up.
post #3 of 19
Truthfully, I think it's a good idea (though it is HEARTWRENCHING to see such posters/ads- I want to take in all of those animals ).
When I adopt my next shelter cat, I'd be more inclined to choose one that I knew would otherwise soon be euthanized. I think that by letting the public know what is truthfully about to happen to these completely innocent animals, it may make them 1) more inclined to adopt one of the animals 2) think long and hard about the importance of spaying/neutering or 3) hopefully both!
post #4 of 19
I agree that it's a good idea. Besides what has already been said, I think that much of the general public is unaware just how many animals have to be euthanized. Some people are probably even unaware that animals are euthanized in shelters. This would help to educate everyone.
post #5 of 19
I think its a good idea too, like the other posters have said, this is the harsh reality and people need to be made aware. Perhaps if a person was on the fence about adopting, this would galvanize them into action
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jenny82 View Post
I agree that it's a good idea. Besides what has already been said, I think that much of the general public is unaware just how many animals have to be euthanized. Some people are probably even unaware that animals are euthanized in shelters. This would help to educate everyone.
Since they are called "shelters" most people probably think the animals will be cared for until adopted as the word implies. When did county pounds and animal control agencies start calling themselves "shelters" anyway?
post #7 of 19
Just this summer, I was talking with a lady I know and she was telling me how her daughter was trying to raise money ($5000!!!!) to save 20 dogs from the gas chamber somewhere. I just told her that although I admire Sherry's (her daughter) passion, she would do better to try to help the animals closer to home and educate people about S/N. Because even if *those* 20 dogs are saved...there are still millions killed every year in shelters. There will be 20-50 more dogs put in the same situation, and more if those 20 aren't S/N when they are adopted.

Heartwrenching? Yes, it would be hard to watch or see those ads. But if it wakes someone up to action, then do it! As long as it doesn't turn into the joke that all of those "Save the starving children for only the cost of a cup of coffee..." ads became, they won't lose their imact.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
Well the one my friends were talking about seemed to be a Humane Society that was running the county shelter (I refer to all of them as shelters, for the most part).

I just didn't understand what was so awful about letting people know what animals were going to be put down. It's awful that peoples pets have to be killed in the first place!

~Julia
post #9 of 19
Great IDEA .. I know personally I would look at those animals first and harder to see if any were the right fit for me
post #10 of 19
I think any advertisement, however tasteless, is always a good idea for shelters.

For the animal shelters there is no such idea as bad publicity. We need to get the word out that there are animals that need to be adopted out there.

I would never have gotten four black cats (I didn't even like black cats a year ago. I thought they were bad luck).............if the shelter didn't tell me that they could not possibly adopt them out. They were being honest and I appreciated that, even though I ended up with four more cats than I originally planned to.

Hopefully this year my luck will be better than last year. I don't think my black cats are bad luck, but it would be better if I have better luck...always.
post #11 of 19
I was just talking with a lady here at work who's daughter works at Petland and just this weekend two puupies were sold, a peke and a shih-tzu, and they cost $1300 each how many shelter animals could have been helped with that much money? makes me seriously ill...
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I was just talking with a lady here at work who's daughter works at Petland and just this weekend two puupies were sold, a peke and a shih-tzu, and they cost $1300 each how many shelter animals could have been helped with that much money? makes me seriously ill...
My cousin's wife just bought a "teacup" Yorkie and had it shipped from Florida, and an ex-co-worker just bought a Cockapoo (one of those designer breeds, Cocker Spaniel / Poodle). I can only imagine how much they paid for those dogs.
post #13 of 19
It's reality!!! Most people have no clue exactly how many animals are killed every year. Yes..you run the risk of someone adopting rover simply because he was urgent...but it does bring awareness that all kinds of dogs and cats are under threat of being euthanized.

Katie
post #14 of 19
It's a good and bad thing. It may bring in people who are looking for a pet, and get them to consider an older animal over a baby. Or bring people in who can't stand the idea of that pet being killed, people may adopt that animal even that animal isn't right for them. Landing that animal back at the shelter.
post #15 of 19
It is a sad fact that these poor animals will have to be euthanized, but people need to be alerted to the reality!
My best friend and his family will own ONLY papered dogs, and say that it's not their fault that irresponsible pet owners allow their dogs to have mutts. I guess that they have a point, but it makes me feel like they are being selfish.
Right now, I'm upset about the lack of responses that threads concerning animals in need are receiving. I know the dynamic of every website ebbs and flows, but I really miss the days of TCS Board Magic, etc.
post #16 of 19
I think it's important to educate people about the fact that animals in shelter are euthanized at an alarming rate... however, I do not agree with the idea of telling people which animal will be killed next.
Adopting a pet is a commitment and it should be based on personality and compatibility between the owner and the animal. People should know that no matter WHICH animal they adopt (and no matter if they adopt from a kill or a no-kill shelter) they are saving a life.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jenny82 View Post
I agree that it's a good idea. Besides what has already been said, I think that much of the general public is unaware just how many animals have to be euthanized. Some people are probably even unaware that animals are euthanized in shelters. This would help to educate everyone.
I agree completely.

I don't see it as tacky - I see it as informative and hopefully eye opening.
post #18 of 19
Frankly, I don't care HOW tacky it is... if it saves lives, let's do it.
post #19 of 19
GREAT idea, that's what most people need, a beautiful whack. It is upfront, but it creates change, then it is good.
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