Journey to end kill shelters
We are on the precipice of a new era. A change in the way pets are adopted is part of this new era. The need for the old way is a myth and the need for the kill shelter concept is ending. There may always be a shelter to hold some excess pets who are between homes but with advances in modern technology allowing for transparency and flow of information many pets will be able to skip over that transitional place altogether. They are taken there because someone can’t care for them or they think they can’t for a long period of time. Most of the time if they knew they would be fostering them for just a few weeks until the right owner came along many people would not feel the need to even take them to the shelter.
If you look at historical trends, the number of pets being euthanized each year has been decreasing for decades. Then you come to the late teens of the 2000s and see that the number being killed now is much closer to Zero than it was even a decade or two ago. The gap is on the precipice of being closed.
Yesterday we went to an SPCA animal shelter and it reminded me how tight the space is for dogs being held there. Dogs could be heard barking from the outside and as we entered it didn’t seem like a very happy space for them. It was kind of like walking into the DMV except louder and they were trapped in small concrete cells. It also smelled bad to the point that it stung the nostrils like a bad case of sex panther cologne. However it was warm in there (very cold day outside) and I could tell the animals looked to be getting the medical treatment they needed. Some dogs in there looked angry. Others looked cute and friendly. Mostly they looked cute and friendly just eager for some much needed attention and loving. Only a few really seemed angry and who knows what they had been through before they were admitted. Hopefully they were in a temporary state of anger and would soon calm down because they were not behaving in a way that would lead to likely adoption to get out of there but that was just a few dogs. Most were starving for some loving attention and companionship. It made me even more excited to get this system in place to bring these dogs (and cats) out to the world to be seen by the masses. Inside the shelter they were just ghosts to most everyone except the relatively few people who walk through each day. Once an image and bio can be dispersed to the palm of the hand to the masses of people suddenly their exposure to the everyone will be instantly realised giving them a much better chance of getting out of there and into the loving home of a companion. The cats seemed a little better off in comparison. They didn’t seem as stressed out and starving for attention but they are a more independent species and they haven’t evolved within the pack mentality and strong desire to be social and work together. Dogs don’t seem to do so well isolated where the cats seemed to be able to take it somewhat better. The poor cats just kind of looked bored and drained a bit. Possibly a bid defeated. It seemed they prefer to run free and could certainly benefit from a larger space and they own territory to run.