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.

Pet Overpopulation

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?

Great Question.

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.

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

6 thoughts on “Euthanizing Shelter Pets”

  1. I am a Border Collie rescue unit for the Louisville Humane Society here in Louisville, KY, and I can tell you that NO ONE needs to be breeding ANYTHING at this moment in time. Every single major breed and many of the more obscure breeds now have a rescue unit because people think they can make great money breeding dogs. They don’t know anything about breeding and just contribute to the problem of overpopulation.


  2. Yes, there are many homeless pets but stopping good breeders who take responsibility for their puppies for life need to keep breeding GOOD Quality dogs. A lifetime guarantee to take the puppy back helps to keep dogs out of shelters. Spay and neuter the animals not intended for breeding. The kennel clubs need to take more responsibility for registrations of puppy mills.

  3. Is it true that they are all put in one room and gassed and that some aren’t quite “dead” when they take them out? (Grimacing at the Nazi connotation)

    We need laws that impose fines on people that do not sterilize their pets unless breeding them for business reasons and then they should need to prove that by having a certificate. Additionally, it would be great if by trapping strays and taking them in for neutering/spaying, we should be given a local tax credit of the cost of spaying or neutering providing we submit the vet bills. I think it would encourage people to help out a bit more.

  4. first off you seem like a great animal doctor, but we always got to remember that it isn’t the dogs fault, the responsibility comes down to the owner. Some owners like to teach their dogs to attack anything that moves and second off they have found out that these dogs can be rehabilitated. If you contact the human Society they will have no chance to be rehabilitated, why don’t you find out what kind of dog it is and see if there is a organization that handles that breed. at least if you do that then the dog would have a chance of being rehabilitated. It would be better than having the Dog destroyed seeing it is not his fault. Then after you find some organization to take the dog and try to rehabilitate it. Then contact the Human Society to let them know that these people are not responsibly dog owners> It is worth the try to save this dog.

  5. For any of those responsible breeders and those who wish to buy pets from them, they should be required to pay a “no-fix” fee for choosing to not fix their animals. That fee should then be given directly to shelters, since those are the ones who are bearing the burden of unadopted pets due to breeding.

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