Eric over at An Animal-Friendly Life points to this story in the Washington Post about how having to euthanize so many animals puts an enormous emotional strain on the employees at animal shelters. This just goes to support something I mentioned a while back, that with so many unwanted dogs and cats, there is no reason that anybody should be supporting breeders at this point. Adopting an animal from a shelter is better for the animals and for the people. Kind of similar to how not eating meat is also a humanitarian statement for all of those working in the most deplorable of slaughterhouse positions, huh?
This sentence caught my eye:
… the sweet-as-can-be pit bulls, a breed that Loudoun, like many jurisdictions, forbids shelters from making available for adoption.
Hm… is it only shelters that aren’t allowed to make them available for adoption? The organization we adopted our dog from regularly adopts out pit bulls. In any event, the idea of banning a whole breed from adoption is a bit short-sighted. I’ve met quite a few really sweet pits… there’s no reason they should have been euthanized (and, thankfully, they weren’t).
I really wish the public would become more aware at just how deep the problem is for companion animals and the people that are forced to kill them. I hope articles like this will help spread the word.