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  •  As I live in the Northeast, there truly are (14+ / 0-)

    No-Kill shelters. In fact, some of the shelters in my area transport animals from other areas of the country because they do indeed have waiting lists for pets.

    I agree that No-Kill shelters sometimes have to kill dangerous or extremely ill pets. But if a city like Reno, Nevada, with one of the nation's highest unemployment rates and highest alcoholism rates can place 96% of animals that come into the shelters, our country can do much, much better than the 50% save rate at many shelters.

    Yes, the real problem is pet over-population. Towns and cities have to learn to network with cheap spay and neuter clinics, and people need to be educated to understand that a pet is a forever commitment.

    Between funding and education, it will be possible to have a much better controlled and respected pet population.

    And I don't believe that even given the present shelter situation, that gassing shelters should be permitted to continue to euthanize in that horrific manner. It is cruel beyond belief.

    Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations. ~ George Orwell

    by 4Freedom on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 05:58:31 PM PST

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    •  Reno's shelter is part of the Winograd program. (5+ / 0-)

      It's private and as such it's records are not open to public scrutiny so we don't really know what their numbers are.

      The main point of this diary still stands regardless:

      You buy pet food not pets!

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

      by ZenTrainer on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 06:25:39 PM PST

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      •  The numbers were given out by the animal (3+ / 0-)
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        control officer. He made a video explaining the program, but I understand that the numbers might be inflated for whatever reason, probably fundraising.

        You know a lot more about shelters and programs than I do. I guess I want the good numbers to be true, and they might well not be true.

        Yes, the point is to buy pet food, not pets.

        Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations. ~ George Orwell

        by 4Freedom on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 07:12:01 PM PST

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