What do you think about animal in the shelter?
October 11, 2008 11:09am CST
You know that many animal don't get adopted in the shelter and they get euthanize but what do you do in this case? I think it's wrong to put them to sleep forever. Don't you think so too? I propose that they open a cheap pet store in the mall and get rid of all the precious animals for $20 each. I'm sure they won't need to put them to sleep anymore.
18 Oct 08
As much as I agree that putting down a healthy animal just do to lack of space is wrong, I do not believe that we should be giving these animals away for almost nothing. Honestly there are a few ways to stop the problem which you are talking about, but selling cheap pets is not one of them. First off people should spay and neuter their animals unless they are a registered breeder (not a backyard breeder). This would cut down on a huge number of unwanted animals. There is already a large number of animals looking for homes therefore there is no reason for someone with no background in breeding to breed their dog, unless it is for show purposes. Secondly people should be adopting pets from their local humane society because generally these animals are 'cheap' considering that they are always fixed before adoption as well as vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. And most humane societies are not government funded so the money that comes in from adoptions goes to help other animals. Third, pet shops should not be allowed to sell live animals. In many cases these animals come from inhumane breeders (such as puppy mills). And there is no background check done on people who are buying so it is more likely that animals will end up in living conitions which are not suited to them.
• United States
11 Oct 08
The problem with your idea is that selling dogs/animals cheaply at the mall does not usually lead to good quality homes. That leads to impulse buying -- people who see a dog and think it's cute so they take it home without really thinking about it. Many of those type of homes wind up either going back to the shelter when the person gets tired of it, or are neglected or even abused. I don't agree with euthanize precious dogs, cats and other pets either, but the reality is that it takes money and time to care for them and most shelters are short on both. There are ways to help though -- consider volunteering or donating to your local shelter or become a foster home for an animal rescue. Most importantly, educate your friends and family about shelter pets, have all of your animals spayed or neutered, and never buy pets from a pet store.