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Shelter Cat

Many animal shelters do not accept animals because they simply do not have the room. Statistics show that the number of animals taken in by most shelters greatly outweighs the number of adoptions. While it is sad, it is a fact. A lot of animals will sit in shelters for long periods of time before ever getting adopted.

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Kill vs. No Kill

No-Kill shelters, while the idea sounds good, realistically it is not practical. If a shelter does not euthanize, an unhappy, miserable, frightned cat or dog will live a terrible life in the confines of those bars. That animal feels neglected and abandonded, and while given time some animals may recover...some never will. Some animals will spend the rest of their lives unhappy and unable to live a happy life again, losing trust in people. This animal may not eat, go to the bathroom, or even move. While that animal is stressed out, it's chances of getting sick greatly increase, which makes its stay even worse. Would you want to live the rest of your life alone, miserable, unhappy and possibly sick on top of that? I know that I wouldn't. And it just plain would not be fair to that animal who will live every day scared.

Meanwhile, there is an friendly, unnamed cat wandering around the streets who would do fine in shelter life, but will not be let in because there is no space. This animal may die alone in the cold of starvation, illness, get his by a car, etc. And that poor cat never really stood a chance. That cat could have been dropped off on the side of the road by a person who could not care for her and the shelter would not have been able to take her in because there spaces were all full.

I am not saying that one life is important than another, but the fact of "quality of life" is most always brought into the picture during the "kill" vs. "no-kill" battles take place. That first cat's quality of life was diminished because it hated every day, scared, worried, not eating, etc. That second cat never had a chance at a good life, never got a second chance at all. I believe that every animal in a shelter should be at least somewhat content with where they are. They should be comfortable and seem as happy as possible, not crammed into the corner with huge eyes afraid to death of what may happen to it next.

These so called "kill" shelters, better named as "open-door" shelters, take in every single animal. It does not matter whether an animal is brought in as a stray by an animal-control officer or citizen, or whether Joe brought his cat in because he says his children are allergic. As long Joe's "Fluffy" is able to be a content and seemingly happy, healthy kitty in the shelter than Fluffy stands a good chance. What if the shelter was full of unhappy animals, living unhappy and poor lives, and no one had room for nice little "Fluffy". Joe would have to either let "Fluffy" go outside or something of that nature, leaving her unable to care for herself and possibly become a stray or get hit by a car, get killed by an animal or worse. "Fluffy" would have never stood a chance at getting a second life, and that would not be fair.

The happiness of the animals should come first.

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Many "no-kill" shelters have to pick and choose what animals they take in, because their space is so limited and they are often fill to the brim with too many animals and not enough people to take them into their homes. There is a huge overpopulation of animals in the world right now and without humane euthanasia when the health and happiness of the animal is concerned, the problem is not being helped.