Euthanizing Shelter Pets
From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Good morning fellow animal advocates.
This is an issue near and dear to my heart – the issue of pet overpopulation and far TOO many dogs and cats being euthanized because of it.
Every year, over eight million dogs and cats enter U.S. and Canadian shelters; some three to four million of these animals are euthanized because there are not enough homes for them.
Thousands of dogs and cats are born daily due to uncontrolled breeding in homes across North America, plus stray and abandoned animals reproduce leading to a HUGE pet overpopulation problem.
Too many animals
There are far too many dogs and cats in shelters competing for not enough homes – the TRAGIC result in many shelters is that these un-adopted pets are euthanized.
We as a society are endorsing a culture of cruelty – animals are great when there small and sweet, but if they become inconvenient, you can just dispose of your problem at the local shelter.
Shelter workers endure these losses on a daily basis – can you imagine bonding with a 5 year old Lab cross, then having to see her euthanized because her time was up?
No Kill Shelters
Many shelters and societies have adopted a ‘No Kill” policy in that they WON’T euthanize a healthy dog or cat. And my local animal shelter Second Chance, has this policy. We are fortunate that we can do this; we only accept so many dogs and cats, and they all stay until they’re adopted.
If you are looking for a dog or cat, I encourage you to check out Second Chance at:
But other shelters have mandates in which they do not turn away any pet relinquished – hence these shelters fill up pretty quick. To ensure they have space for future adoptions, they euthanize pets.
Too MANY pets
The PROBLEM ultimately comes down to irresponsible people. There are too many dogs and cats being bred.
Abandoned animals become that way because of people – they let them go.
What can YOU do?
Spay and Neuter your pets. This is the responsible thing to do.
Support your local shelter and Humane Society – do it with $$ and volunteer time.
Tell others about the problem, and write your government representative.
What am I going to do?
Well I do support and help run my local Animal Shelter, Second Chance. We have a No Kill Policy.
I do the Shelter Spay and Neuters at 50% off the regular rate.
I am holding a ‘Spay a Thon’ with my local SPCA – the spay and neuters for a fixed period of time are 60-75% off.
Can’t you do more?
I have been asking myself this very question.
And I am going to do more.
I am establishing a Spay and Neuter Foundation.
I’m in the finishing touches of my New Veterinary Secrets 2.0 Course- and when it is released, I’ll be putting 10% of ALL profits towards Low Cost Spay and Neuter.
It will be a WIN WIN.
You get to HELP your pet and other pets at the same time.
I’m excited, and I’ll be giving you more details in a few weeks.
P.S. During this Recession, Shelters are being over run with animals – there are a lot coming in, yet few going out.
Your local Animal Shelter or Humane Society would LOVE your help.
Give them a call.
Spend some time with the dogs and cats.
Even consider becoming a Foster Family.
The animals will appreciate it.
P.P.S. Dog and Cat Emergency Care – The *EXACT* steps to take if your pet is ever injured is now on Video. I cover ALL of the common Dog and Cat Emergencies and SHOW you WHAT to do. It will be available here next week:
Your path to a healthier pet.
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM