Every day and night, I was on Pet Harbor and Facebook and e-mailing rescuers, donors and people who could network these precious animals who wound up in a kill shelter through no fault of their own.
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I saw SO much tragedy and felt helpless as I watched healthy dogs become depressed and then killed. The images of those poor animals who didn't make it will always be in my mind.
No matter how many animals a rescuer saves, they will always feel that they didn't do enough.
However, shelter overpopulation is a HUGE problem within our society.
People refuse to put ID tags on their animals and shelters can't get these pets home.
People refuse to go to the shelters right after their pet is lost and instead wait for that animal to come home on its own. By that time, the shelter has most likely put their pet to sleep already.
People refuse to pay the shelters to get their impounded pets out of there.
People refuse to have their animals spayed or neutered, so thousands of puppies and kittens are brought to the shelter and they can't find homes either. Everyone believes that if they take young animals to a shelter, they'll all get homes. This hardly ever happens.
People refuse to register their pets into their own names and phone numbers once they're microchipped at a shelter or they don't update their information on tags and with the microchip companies.
And MANY pets die in the shelters as they get sick from unvaccinated dogs in those same pens with them or from the water constantly soaking them as their kennels are cleaned with high pressure hoses.
This is the number one reason that shelters use to put an animal to sleep - "Contagious disease." If a shelter animal coughs or sneezes, the shelter can euthanize them to reduce their numbers or to minimize disease.
If you don't want your pet to ever go through this VERY bad scenario, please make sure that you have them microchipped and registered with your phone number and keep a collar with a current ID tag on them at all times.
Some vets, groomers, kennel owners and animal professionals do take your pet's collar off. And your pet is NOT always with you (the number one excuse for not putting a collar with a tag on a pet).