@Rachel-S The link I posted in the *reply* was for a RESCUE, NOT a shelter, that houses their animals through foster homes. They are not a shelter where their cats are kept in cages for years upon years, until someone chooses them. I hope you read this. This is, of course, tough for them. Fortunately, they won $10k in this competition.
Animals who are accepted into no-kill shelters may be warehoused in cages for months, years, or the rest of their lives, becoming more withdrawn, depressed, or aggressive every day—further reducing their chances of adoption. These animals are suffering!
The good news is that you can help stop the overpopulation crisis that leads to extremely crowded animal shelters. Always have your animal companions spayed or neutered, and never buy an animal from a breeder or pet shop.
@Rachel-S Personally, I am for putting an animal down if it’s suffering–but NOT just because of space reasons. The shelter I volunteer at only turns away animals from people who just don’t like their pets anymore but can still take care of them. It has over 700 cats, and that number keeps on growing because they don’t euthanise any animal, not even the ugliest, oldest, and least adoptable, unless the animal is suffering. I’m sure most no-kill shelters are like the ones in this article. But not all of them are.
Not to mention the facts– who’s name-calling? There’s kill shelters, who kill animals so they can make more space, and no-kill shelters, who don’t. Kill shelters kill animals. That’s not name-calling; that’s the TRUTH. Limited-admission IS name-calling; not all no-kill shelters are limited-admission. My local shelter is overflowing, because it does not turn any animal down or kill any animal, no matter how uncute, unyoung, or unadoptable the animal is.
Also, killing a perfectly adoptable animal after they get “refuge” for a few days in a cage isn’t what I call the best for animals.
I’m sorry, and I’ll continue to support PETA in every other way, but I just cannot support them killing animals to make some empty cages for more animals on death row.