The Pets Are Suffering
It's time for CHANGE!
We don't have all the answers, but...
It's time we all wake up and start asking questions...
After 100 years of animal sheltering why do we still have a pet overpoulation problem? Why are there so many homeless animals being tossed to the streets like garbage or killed at shelters.
If we have a serious overpopulation problem of homeless pets in MA, then why are shelters shipping pets in? The answer has been because these pets are dying in Southern shelters. But aren't thousands of pets being killed right here in MA? The other answer is many of these pets are full-bred (or look it) and that's what the public demands, we are filling public demand. So while we are busy filling public demand, healthy, loving pets are being killed right here in our shelters. Almost anyone would want a Persian cat, but most of us can't afford one. Is it possible that if these demands weren't being filled so easily, many people would be more than happy to adopt a regular cat? Most of us would love to drive a Benz, but most of us can't afford one so we get what we can afford.
The other concern people might want to think about is with so many more pets being shipped in, what will happen to those pets when their owners don't want them anymore? MA already has a pet overpopulation problem, does it make sense to add more? And not all rescues are following regulations. Many people have made complaints concerning the dogs they've adopted being sick. They've tried contacting the 'rescue' to no avail. Someone contacted AHP yelling at us because she paid $400 for a dog that was supposed have been altered and the dog was actually pregnant. After realizing we did NOT adopt to her, she tried for weeks to contact the place she got the dog from, they never returned her calls. Furthermore, add in the fact that many people adopt without meeting the dog. They pay the fee then the dog is shipped. Adopting a dog without seeing it is sure to go wrong. If you met the transporter in a parking lot, where do you plan to return the dog should things not work out?
Adopting out-of-state animals is the new 'fad'.
While you are leaving the state to pick up your new dog, consider how many good animal shelters you are passing that have wonderful dogs in need.
Truly can't find your match? Then at least protect yourself and your new pet. Avoid meeting people out-of-state. Deal only with rescues that ARE following proper regulations. If you are paying $200 or more insist the dog is vet checked, altered, vaccinated and heart worm snap tested. MEET the dog at a local facility. Ask about return policy should things not be working out. If a shelter loves their pets enough, they WILL take them back.
Is animal sheltering effective?
Not if you consider that for 100 years we've had animal shelters and yet we still have an overpopulation problem.
Shelters were intially started to get stray pets off the streets. Things have changed over the years, yes many stray pets are still brought to shelters, but shelters are also full of unwanted 'owned' pets. Though many amazing pet owners have no choice to give up their pets, too often pets wind up at shelters simply because the pet became a bother.
Either way, studies have shown it can cost over $75 to house and ultimately destroy an unwanted pet. Very few people realize their tax dollars are paying these costs. Unwanted pets coming in, unwanted pets being destroyed - it is an endless cycle.
Imagine for just one moment that if we took that same $75 and spayed just one cat with it. Immediately we prevent 6 others. Considering if this cat was left unaltered she would have at least one more litter and her offspring would also have litters of their own, we easily could be looking at over 112 cats. So for $75 we can destroy just ONE cat or we could spay ONE cat and prevent over 100 cats from winding up homeless.
The sad part is, so much money is being put into sheltering pets, very little is being used to PREVENT them! This is where the funding is MOST needed! Prevention will STOP the horrible cycle of killing pets.
Thankfully over the years more and more shelters are altering 'prior' to adoption. And this is the way it should be. Though it is much easier for large facilities that have staff vets, little shelters are doing an amazing job at keeping up by transporting their pets to local vet offices. And this is no small undertaking, imagine loading your car with 10 different carriers, dropping them off in the morning and going back that same day to pick them all up! And thank goodness for these super caring vets who offer their services.
Funding is a constant issue:
Sadly, in business it's always a numbers game. Prove your numbers and we'll help you. Yet, often times, that's like comparing apples and oranges. No grass-roots shelter could prove the high numbers a larger fully staffed facility could. Many large facilities are located in highly populated city-like areas. While many of our best small shelters are located in more rural areas. Often times the reason why a smaller shelter chooses to help is because the area totally lacks any services, the pets and people in those areas are being ignored, larger facilities are just much too far away.
As we all know in business, the bigger guy gets the biggest chunk of the dough.
The problem with this is that if we don't protect our smaller organizations we ultimately lose valuable services that are being offered at no cost to tax payers.
Smaller organizations fill in the gap where no services are offered helping both the people and pets of those areas.
Lack of spay/neuter funding is one of the main reasons any area will become overpopulated with homeless pets.
It's time we ALL make this our focus...
Time we truly do our part to STOP the killing of innocent pets.
Though A Helping Paw has always offered low-cost spay/neuter, we are currently working on a new program that will focus on spay/neuter and have plans in the future to provide funding to other smaller organizations.