No Kill Animal Shelters Is Such A Wonderful Idea, But !
In the perfect world there wouldn’t be any kill shelters or any animal shelters for that matter, because nobody would give up their pets.
Unfortunately at present we will never accomplish a no kill nation. Some reasons are;
For animal shelters to achieve no kill or relatively low kill status means ( 1 ) Canceling their contracts as animal control agencies for their municipalities. And (2) Every animal would have to go through an behavioral evaluation process to assess potential adopt-ability, before being admitted to the new and improved no kill shelter.
The biggest problem of all in achieving a no kill nation is people love to buy puppies, and are not all that excited about used dogs. Which a lot of potential dog owners look upon as defective merchandise. Why else would they be in the animal shelter in the first place, they think to themselves.
Even if those two changes were implemented the only positive effect it would have, would be on the individual animal shelters euthanasia numbers. The actual numbers of dogs being euthanized annually would not decline.
As it is now, every year there are millions and millions of dogs being euthanized that never make it into the official homeless pet euthanasia figures. The reasons are twofold, (1 ) many pet owners simply take their animal to be euthanized at their vets office. And ( 2 ) The millions of rescue organizations that are unable to successfully place dogs into homes, also have these unadoptable dogs euthanized at their local veterinary offices.
In both cases, these figures are not added to the official euthanasia numbers for homeless pets. If the local animal shelters ever adopt the policies needed to be no kill, the private euthanasia figures would simply increase. Some people would then be patting themselves on the back with what they see as a success. In reality it would be a false sense of achievement.
Not to mention that by law ( New York State) anyway, that every county must have an animal control agency. In more populated areas, every town will have an animal shelter.
Alan Papszycki ( The Spirit Dog )
Director/ Spirit Animal Sanctuary