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What to Know About Kill and No-Kill Shelters

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It is now easier than ever to search online for a specific dog or cat one wishes to adopt. Using the internet to find your pet is an efficient method. But, a better suggestion is to make a visit to a local kill shelter. Many people refuse to support such a concept, but the truth behind kill shelters is that the animals there need people more than ever. They are the ones that are usually suffering the most and only have days to live. They have ended up in these shelters at no fault of their own.Sadly, there are about 3 million dogs and cats euthanized in the United States every year! Prospective pet owners should first look in these shelters before looking elsewhere.

The difference between kill and no-kill shelters

The main difference between a kill shelter and a no-kill shelter is that a kill shelter legally must take in each animal that is dropped off. A no-kill shelter has the right to turn animals away. Many shelters who turn animals away suggest taking the animal to the local Animal Care and Control, which unfortunately are kill shelters. The no-kill shelters are not much different than the kill shelters, with the exception that they aren’t the ones that are physically euthanizing the animals. Whenever a no-kill shelter turns down a dog or cat, they know that there is a good chance that dog or cat will end up at a facility in which that animal’s future is in jeopardy. 

There are some organizations working to save animals from these shelter fates. Animal Aid USA saves an average 175 dogs per month from kill-shelters. The dogs are then transported to other rescue facilities that are no-kill shelters. 

I suggest prospective owners first look for a dog or cat that is available at a kill shelter. Go to a local no-kill shelter if a match is not found. If that still does not work, use the internet to look for an adoptable dog or cat. Prospective owners who still can’t find a dog or cat and want to buy one should do their homework. Make sure the animal purchased doesn’t come from a puppy mill or from a business that promotes cruelty. Also look out for places who simply breed and sell animals without caring for the parents of the puppies and kittens. 

This article was originally published in our Fall 2015 print issue.

by Prince Lorenzo Borghese

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