What is a no-kill animal shelter exactly? It is an animal shelter that takes care of a pet until they are adopted. If they are never adopted, they take care of them for life and never euthanize them unless they absolutely have to.
These kinds of shelters take a lot of dedication and support because taking care of multiple pets for life is a lot of work!
Here are the top 3 reasons why it's important to support no-kill animal shelters.
1. You support a local business.
Often no-kill animal shelters in your local area are run by a single business owner rather than a non-profit corporation. We all have heard how important it is to support our local businesses. They keep our local economy going and we need to help them out!
2. They take in unwanted pets.
Yes, there are dogs and cats out there that people just don't want and will drop off at the animal shelter. Sometimes, pet owners only have them for a few days and then take them to the nearest animal shelter because they find out that taking care of an animal is much more than anticipated. By returning them to a no-kill animal shelter, it is guaranteed that they will be adopted or taken care of until death. Open admission shelters will unfortunately if they don't have the room nor money they will euthanize the animal.
Also, they take in pets that are disabled or require a lot of medical attention. A lot of shelters will not do this due to costs and time.
3. They rescue strays.
In big cities stray dogs and cats are common. They accept strays and will take care of them until adopted. Which is a huge accomplishment because in many cities stray animals are just as much of a problem as homeless people. It's quite sad and we need to help our homeless animals!
There are some cons of course as with all shelters. It's a huge controversy among animal rights activists. Some think highly of these shelters and others think these shelters are no good.
I can see why some people think that some of these shelters are no good. There are no-kill shelters out there that abuse and neglect these animals. The employees don't treat them well and it takes days if not years for these animals to be adopted. The stress and lonely life are not looked highly upon.
Now, not all shelters are like this of course. I think the good ones outweigh the bad ones. as with all businesses. Also, I think when an organization only takes in what they can support, then it's guaranteed that they will be well taken care of.
Also, a no-kill shelter can euthanize up to 10% of the animals in their shelter and still be considered no-kill. So if they take in 1000 animals they can euthanize up to 100 animals and still be considered no-kill for the year. Although I do agree that we should not euthanize an animal because it is not desired, there is no money or enough space for the animal. However, there are circumstances that I think it would be ok to euthanize an animal. For example, if the dog is so much in pain and it's 100% certainty that they will not survive (cancer, disease, car accident, etc.) I think that it's ok to euthanize them.
I hope this helped you understand why it's important to support a no-kill shelter! And you can help them today, by donating some money, dog/cat food, and even better - your time!
They really appreciate volunteers through and through. They love all the support they can get because it takes expensive time taking care of multiple pets.
I recommend just searching on Google for a no-kill shelter near you. I bet there are a couple now just waiting for your support!
Thanks for stopping by, and talk to you soon!