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Having worked at an animal shelter for the past year, I have taken in new views and learned a whole lot about animals, and the situations that occur. In multiple rooms of the animal shelter there are papers to help us feel better about the fact that we must euthanize for reasons that are beyond us.

At least when these scared, aggressive, sickly, or mistreated animals are euthanized, they were around people who cared about them. I care about every single animal that ever comes into our animal shelter, no matter what breed or temperment they may have. Every animal deserves that. It breaks my heart to see these animals lives end this way, but it is NOT the fault of the shelter, we are NOT "killers" and we do not do it because we enjoy it. It is a difficult thing to do each and every time it happens, but none of it is our fault. If people are looking for people to blame, they can blame the owners of these animals like the real example that I give below:

A man, let's call him Sam, comes into the shelter with his two cats in carriers, sets them on the floor and proceeds to tell us that his wife and him can not take care of their cats anymore. He says that him and his wife are retired and they want to be able to travel, which is something that they can not do when they have cats to take care of. His exact words following were: "They have become more than a burden than anything". The paperwork was gone through with him and he proceeded to say, "I don't care what you have to do with them, I just don't want them anymore." Mind you, these cats were both between 6 and 8 years old. So a man who cared nothing about his animals kept them for that long and simply tossed them to someone else when he did not feel like taking care of them anymore. Those are the people who should be blamed for the fact that there are homeless animals. Those heartless people who just want to get rid of them because they inconvenience him...like they are not living creatures. But I am happy to say that both have new homes and are living better lives!

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I will never forget the things that I have learned by working in a "kill" shelter. I have formed a different kind of understanding about people, animals, and the world around us. That feeling of getting attached to an animal, to see them gone the next time you go in to work. To see those faces that light up every time you walk by with a leash and they know they're going to be able to go outside. Lucky for them, they don't understand what their outcome may be. They are happy-go-lucky until the end that has to be.