Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart & Soul of America's Animal Shelters

Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart & Soul of America's Animal Shelters

Nathan J. Winograd

Language: English

Pages: 153

ISBN: 1449591132

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The battle lines have been drawn: No Kill advocates on one side. Those who kill sheltered animals on the other. Can't we all just get along? Irreconcilable Differences says we can't because shelters act in ways which are the antithesis of the values most Americans hold dear. We are a nation of animal lovers. But the shelters we expect to save animals are instead needlessly killing about four million of them every year. Thankfully, animal lovers all over the U.S. are increasingly rejecting the excuses and blame shifting of shelter administrators used to justify that killing. And it is that rejection of the status quo, propelled by the American public's great love of companion animals, which is explored in this book's essays.

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the ASPCA, the American veterinary Medical association, and other self-proclaimed “leaders” met to uncover the “causes” and “solutions” to the “surplus dog and cat problem.” but instead of focusing on how the organizations involved could end the killing, the focus became finding someone else to blame. And their unanimous conclusion was two-fold. First, they blamed the animals themselves: their own lack of adoptability required their killing. If they weren’t young enough, disliked confinement, or

its history when it was hostile to the No Kill philosophy and widely criticized by the rescue community for unnecessary killing. It is currently renegotiating its $1.50 per capita contract for animal control because it does not cover the actual cost of providing the service. And they are not alone. Around the country, shelters have relinquished their contracts for animal control for the same reason, with the vast majority of these being neither No Kill nor supportive of the philosophy. These

companions, the demographics that show the immense compassion of a pet-loving nation—Americans are irresponsible and don’t care enough about animals. And, that the corollary to this uncaring is that our shelters have no choice but to kill roughly four million dogs and cats every year. Thanks to the response by Californians to Proposition 2, that notion has also been proven wrong. Proposition 2 makes it illegal for animals (mostly chickens) on farms to be confined “in a manner that prevents such

Those rare communities that have systematized their approach and become more proactive have more than doubled this rate of redemption. Washoe county regional animal services in reno, Nevada, for example, returned seven percent of lost cats and 60 percent of lost dogs to their homes in 2007. Given the high per capita intake of animals (which some suggest would evidence high rates of “public irresponsibility”) one would expect the agency to have a very low redemption rate. Instead, it is very near

city) Henry Bergh launches humane movement with the founding of the American society for the Prevention of cruelty to animals (ASPCA). 1872—(Philadelphia) Women’s Humane society veers off course by becoming the first private humane group to take over the pound. 1888—(New York city) Henry Bergh dies. Against his wishes and justifying his fears that the ASPCA will sabotage its mission, the ASPCA takes over the pound and becomes the leading killer of dogs and cats in New York city. 20th

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