COVID-19 Crunch: When the Lockdown Became a Lockout, Part I

Kittens found taped in a box outside OC Shelter.

Everyone is feeling the effects of the pandemic. No one has been left untouched. It brings out the best in people and, at times, the worst, as we all struggle with fear, grief, isolation, uncertainty, economic challenges, lost opportunities and new responsibilities. For companion animals down on their luck, it brings a new and dangerous… Continue reading COVID-19 Crunch: When the Lockdown Became a Lockout, Part I

The “No Kill” Movement’s Overemphasis on Euthanasia Stats Puts Animals at Risk

The “no kill” movement’s insistence on making euthanasia statistics the supreme measure of an animal shelter’s worth is misguided and dangerous, and has yielded some inhumane consequences. Under extreme pressure to lower euthanasia numbers, shelters have begun turning away owners seeking to surrender pets, or have drastically raised turn-in fees. This has led to an… Continue reading The “No Kill” Movement’s Overemphasis on Euthanasia Stats Puts Animals at Risk