I attended a presentation about stopping the killing of cats (and dogs) in animal control facilities. He emphasised that you euthanize an animal that is SICK. What is happening in shelters all over is they are KILLING perfectly fine animals because they are unwanted, often due to the failure to spay and neuter their parents. The general public sees 'euthanized' and it softens what is happening in their minds.
I see postings that say you adopted the day before the animal was due to be euthanized. Tell people you adopted just before the animal was due to be KILLED.
It may seem a small thing, but when you talk to people it may help their awareness of the problem.
Every day
10,000 human babies are born
70,000 kittens and puppies are born
If every infant when home with a kitten or puppy there would still be 60,000 left to find homes.
Most of them never will.

Joe
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I attended a presentation about stopping the killing of cats (anddogs) in animal control facilities. He emphasised that you euthanize ... home with a kitten or puppy there would stillbe 60,000 left to find homes. Most of them never will.

Thank you, Joe. You are absolutely right. I used the term out of habit, not stopping to think about the distinction you note.
Hey Joe,
This is very true, I find myself stumped sometimes when explaining to my little cousins why my cat can't have babies because of all the 'unwanted' cats and dogs that are 'euthanized'. It's funny how the kids can see through all the crap and ask 'but why'.
Regards,
Sonny
London, England
I attended a presentation about stopping the killing of cats (and dogs) in animal control facilities. He emphasised that you ... to spay and neuter their parents. The general public sees 'euthanized' and it softens what is happening in their minds.

It's not good and it's not right, and I certainly wish it never had to happen. But death by lethal injection is more humane than death on the streets, death by prolonged disease, death by dog or other predator, being hit by cars, or shot or maimed by a human. It is even preferrable to prolonged life in a cage. No, it isn't euthanasia, in the proper meaning of the word, but it is better than the alternatives.
-L.
I attended a presentation about stopping the killing of cats (and dogs) in animal control facilities. He emphasised that you ... It may seem a small thing, but when you talk to people it may help their awareness of the problem.

Maybe if everyone used the correct terms that describes exactly what it is, more people would be outraged and sickened enough to force legislation to eliminate it like mandatory neuter before adoption or sale (health permiting) and subsidize vets or give them a tax deduction for neutering all animals in their care regardless of the owners' consent or ability to pay.

I use the terms "excecute", "put to death", "slaughter"... because they stick in peoples' throats and are much harder to swallow than "put to sleep" or euthanize" or "put down".
I attended a presentation about stopping the killing of cats (and dogs) in animal control facilities. He emphasised that you ... to spay and neuter their parents. The general public sees 'euthanized' and it softens what is happening in their minds.

It's not good and it's not right, and I certainly wish it never had to happen. But death by lethal injection is more humane than death on the streets, death by prolonged disease, death by dog or other predator, being hit by cars, or shot or maimed by a human. It is even preferrable to prolonged life in a cage. No, it isn't euthanasia, in the proper meaning of the word, but it is better than the alternatives.
-L.
That should read the possibility of death on the streets etc.

The cat may not agree with you but it makes people feel better.
I attended a presentation about stopping the killing of cats ... 'euthanized' and it softens what is happening in their minds.

It's not good and it's not right, and I certainly wish it never had to happen. But death by lethal ... word, but it is better than the alternatives. -L. That should read the possibility of death on the streets etc.

Cats on the streets die sooner or later. Most of them sooner.

-L.
Cats on the streets die sooner or later. Most of them sooner. -L.

Last I heard, cats in homes die sooner or later, too. Come to think of it, humans do, too :-)!
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I attended a presentation about stopping the killing of cats (and dogs) in animal control facilities. He emphasised that you euthanize an animal that is SICK.

It's still ending their life before the natural bodily functions would have stopped on their own. It's killing, either way. The point is the prevention of further suffering, and this DOES include aggressive animals that would otherwise sit in a kennel.
What is happening in shelters all over is they are KILLING
perfectly fine animals because they are unwanted, often due to the failure to spay and neuter their parents.

Yes, a large part of it has to do with the lack of spaying and neutering. But damned near as much of it has to do with irresponsible people who dump their pets on overcrowded shelters for trivial reasons (moving, new baby, too big, no time, etc).
A lot of shelters apparently have a reputation for euthanizing strays as soon as their legal holding period is over. NOT every shelter does this.
The general public sees 'euthanized' and it softens what is happening in their minds. I see postings that say you adopted the day before the animal was due tobe euthanized. Tell people you adopted just before the animal was due to be KILLED.

And continue to let people think that killing animals is the sole purpose of shelters and humane societies. One of my coworkers was out a month or so ago, and someone struck up a conversation with her, asking what she did for a living. When she replied that she worked for the humane society, he asked, "Oh, so you kill animals for a living?" THAT IS the general attitude of the public.
By the way, not every shelter still uses the time-limit criteria for euthanasia.On a more personal note (which explains why this subject is so intensely irritating), as a certified euthanasia tech, I helped with my first euth today. Four of them, actually. A pit who had attacked two cats, an ancient husky with severe handling issues, an absolutely petrified pit, and a chow/gsd mix that leaned on ME when he got woozy. See, I'd played ball with him in the play-yards on several occasions. I liked that dog a great deal, despite his issues.

But he HAD those issues, and we cannot put a dog up for adoption that will bite if someone reaches toward his food dish, or distrusts men completely and barely trusts women. And he was euthanized. Not killed. You know why there's that difference in wording for the people who actually work in this field, Joe? Because frankly, if we look at it as killing, slaughtering, whatever you'd like to call it, it would be impossible for us to do. But if we call it euthanasia, we remember that we put them to sleep, end their suffering, and prevent injury to other animals and other people.

We take on that emotional burden and the extra heartbreak that already fills a very emotionally difficult line of work. YOU try to settle it in your mind when a terrified dog trusts you in his last moments with knowing that this dog won't injure anyone, and he won't have to sit in a kennel for another day, just waiting on someone else to do it. YOU try to be grateful that at least in his last moments, someone was with him who cared and cried for him.
And if this was all about animal control facilities that don't adopt out? Tell your presenter to cough up the money to build a shelter in that area, then. And pay the staff that takes care of the animals, or the vets that perform the spays and neuters. Because there's no goddamned room in any existing shelter for those 60,000 kittens and puppies of which you spoke. Ask him how many foster animals he's housed in the last six months. It's very easy to preach, much more difficult to practice.

Now I'm done ranting, because I've had a long day. It's time to finish a book and be comforted by my cats.
~Kal.
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