We Are Homeless, Not Worthless

Some of the kittens in these photos already have homes, and more have become available since this posting. For current selection, please visit us at Petco this weekend.

We are deeply concerned about the recent trend of drastically discounting shelter animals, or simply giving them away. While we see the benefit of drawing attention to animals in need of homes, and appreciate that these policies result in some animals finding good families, there are dangerous flaws in this approach. Our concerns are for both the animals themselves, and the effects these increasingly frequent practices may have on adoption rates over time.

From a business perspective, does price cutting work? Ask a retailer. Although it may increase initial sales volume, it changes consumer behavior, expectations, and product perception. As promotions conclude, some will put off adopting, anticipating a future bargain and causing inventories to build. The “product” in question, shelter pets, may be devalued in their minds, and further distanced in status from animals bred and marketed for profit.

Still, might it not be worth it to suffer these changes if they clear out the shelters? Assuming all pets went to responsible homes committed to their welfare, and that shelter populations would remain at significantly lower levels where supply and demand were well balanced, perhaps. But that is not the case.

The dangers of giving animals away for free are well known. Finding good homes is challenging, and the most dangerous people seeking animals are often practiced at deception. Others are well meaning, but unprepared. While private shelters are able to screen prospective adopters, many municipal shelters, such as Los Angeles City and County facilities, now featuring ASPCA grant-funded free cat adoptions, are not. They are simply handing out free cats to anyone who asks.

As for lowering shelter populations, until we stem the tide of incoming homeless pets, reductions will be short-lived. On August 15, more than 400 shelters participated in a well-publicized national initiative. “Clear the Shelters” was a huge effort involving thousands of people, and accomplished 19,142 adoptions on one day by drastically reducing or eliminating adoption fees. This is impressive, but consider another statistic: an average of approximately 20,000 dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters every single day of the year. So while shelters may empty out briefly, they will quickly fill back up. What happens then?

Now the public is waiting for the next sale. Meanwhile, local rescue groups who consistently relieve shelter pressure by bailing out, fostering and rehoming shelter pets, are suffering. These groups are an important resource for shelters, taking on approximately 5,000 dogs and 2,000 cats annually from the LA City shelters alone. They must now compete with $20 adoptions. Nothing moves, no room opens up in their homes. Not only can they not take on more shelter animals, they also cannot accommodate the myriad of kittens they are handed by the public at adoption sites. In the past they would accept these litters, arrange spay/neuter and vet care at their own expense, then attempt to recoup that seed money through adoption fees to continue their programs. This cannot be done for $20. So what will happen to these boxes upon boxes of unwanted kittens? Many will wind up at municipal shelters. If unweaned, they may be immediately euthanized there. Older kittens will add to the numbers awaiting homes. If simply turned away, they will be abandoned or handed out for free, unneutered, and begin reproducing at 4-6 months of age.

Adopting an animal is a commitment, and requires thought and preparation—including financial. Impulsive, price-triggered adoptions have a higher rate of failure. Shelter returns may increase. Though “returned” can be a dangerous stigma for a shelter animal, reducing its future chances, he or she may still be better off than those who are simply neglected or given away. Yet with no significant refund involved, there is little incentive to return pets to the relative safety of the shelter.

The number of homeless pets in our country is appalling. Their suffering is immeasurable. Until we effectively arrest pet overpopulation through education, legislation, and affordable sterilization, that tragic fact will remain.

In the meantime, adoption spells salvation. Increasing it is critically important. Promoting it is crucial. But it should be done through programs that are sustainable. And it must be done in ways that preserve the dignity and the safety of these animals.

783 comments

  1. After I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment. Is there a means you are able to remove me from that service? Thank you!} למידע נוסף

  2. קמגרה למכירה במודיעין פעמים רבות אנחנו יודעים שאנחנו צריכים לעשות משהו, אבל “רק הפעם” פשוט נמנעים מלעשות את זה, פשוט כי זה דורש יותר מדי מאמץ. אותו הדבר קמגרה למכירה

  3. קמגרה תשדרג לכם את חיי המין ותאפשר לכם הנאה מרבית מהאקט. לטבע פלז’ר שלל פתרונות טבעיים נוספים שישדרגו לכם את חדר המיטות. קמגרה תשדרג לכם את חיי המין ותאפשר לכם הנאה מרבית מהאקט. לטבע פלז’ר שלל פתרונות טבעיים נוספים שישדרגו לכם את חדר המיטות. נערות ליווי יפות

  4. קמגרה הוא אחד מתחליפי הויאגרה הנפוצים והאיכותיים ביותר, אשר נמכר בעשרות מיליוני יחידות בכל רחבי העולם. מדובר בתכשיר המטפל בבעיות השגת זקפה אשר מקורן בגורמים שונים, וזאת על ידי הרחבת כלי הדם ובעיקר באזורים הקשורים ליחסי המין. ההרחבה מאפשרת זרימת דם משופרת לאיבר המין, ומכאן להשגת זקפה מלאה וממושכת יותר. fabric token uniswap liquidity pool

  5. קמגרה למכירה בהרצליה אנשים באים אליה מהצפון, מהמרכז ומהדרום. לא לחינם נחשבת הרצליה לאחת מהערים המובילות בישראל בתחום הפנאי והבילויים. הרצליה היא עיר תוססת, עם מפגשים אנושיים רבים, metamask token factory example

  6. קמגרה הוא אחד מתחליפי הויאגרה הנפוצים והאיכותיים ביותר, אשר נמכר בעשרות מיליוני יחידות בכל רחבי העולם. מדובר בתכשיר המטפל בבעיות השגת זקפה אשר מקורן בגורמים שונים, וזאת על ידי הרחבת כלי הדם ובעיקר באזורים הקשורים ליחסי המין. ההרחבה מאפשרת זרימת דם משופרת לאיבר המין, ומכאן להשגת זקפה מלאה וממושכת יותר. נערות ליווי בצפון

  7. I don’t need to tell you how important it is to optimize every step in your SEO pipeline. But unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to cut out time or money when it comes to getting good content.At least that’s what I thought until I came across Article Forge…Built by a team of AI researchers from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Article Forge is an artificial intelligence (AI) powered content writer that uses deep learning models to write entire articles about any topic in less than 60 seconds. Their team trained AI models on millions of articles to teach Article Forge how to draw connections between topics so that each article it writes is relevant, interesting and useful.All their hard work means you just enter a few keywords and Article Forge will write a complete article from scratch making sure every thought flows naturally into the next, resulting in readable, high quality, and unique content. Put simply, this is a secret weapon for anyone who needs content.I get how impossible that sounds so you need to see how Article Forge writes a complete article in less than 60 seconds! https://cutt.us/iuu5L

  8. My family every time say that I am wasting my time
    here at net, except I know I am getting familiarity all the time by reading thes
    good articles or reviews.

  9. I don’t need to tell you how important it is to optimize every step in your SEO pipeline. But unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to cut out time or money when it comes to getting good content. At least that’s what I thought until I came across Article Forge… Built by a team of AI researchers from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Article Forge is an artificial intelligence (AI) powered content writer that uses deep learning models to write entire articles about any topic in less than 60 seconds. Their team trained AI models on millions of articles to teach Article Forge how to draw connections between topics so that each article it writes is relevant, interesting and useful. All their hard work means you just enter a few keywords and Article Forge will write a complete article from scratch making sure every thought flows naturally into the next, resulting in readable, high quality, and unique content. Put simply, this is a secret weapon for anyone who needs content. I get how impossible that sounds so you need to see how Article Forge writes a complete article in less than 60 seconds! order here.

  10. Being a digital marketer today is definitely not easy! Not only do you need high-quality content, you need a lot of it. But creating good content is incredibly time consuming. At least that is what I thought until I came across WordAi… In case you have never heard of WordAi, it is a lightning fast content rewriter that uses Artificial Intelligence to automatically create unique variations of any piece of content. The best part is, WordAi creates rewrites that both humans and Google love.  I know, that’s a bold claim and I was pretty skeptical myself. So I decided to test their claims with their free trial and can tell you honestly, I opted directly for the yearly subscription after that. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that WordAi is better than any other tool, service, or method on the market. I have been using WordAi to fill out my blogs and have already covered the cost of my yearly subscription. Its crazy but Im just scratching the surface of how far I can scale my SEO with WordAi! While I am using WordAi to scale my SEO efforts, you can also use WordAi to diversify your copy or even brainstorm to beat writers block! I could tell you about WordAi all day, but you really just need to try it for yourself. They are so confident in their technology that they offer a completely free 3-day trial AND a 30-day money back guarantee. So what are you waiting for? Click here to get started with WordAi for Free! Register here and get a bonus.

  11. Nice post i like it 100 %. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis. Its always helpful to read through articles from other writers and use something from their web sites.

  12. Having read this I thought it was really enlightening.

    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together.
    I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and posting comments.
    But so what, it was still worth it!

  13. Download CAD-KAS PDF Editor

    PDF XChange Viewer from Faronics is a powerful PDF document viewer, designed to be simple, intuitive and functional. The program allows you to view, annotate and edit an unlimited number of files in multiple formats. A well-organized document inspector is designed to let you quickly detect and address problems as they arise.
    PDF XChange Viewer includes professional capabilities such as the ability to isolate and remove individual fields from a PDF file, split and https://traslepsracthei.weebly.com

    6add127376 chrcan

  14. in J-Perk add-on
    ■ integrated with Page Designer: Only one tool to create and edit multiple Web pages
    You can license “Web Weaver EZ” for only $14.95. This license will allow you to run up to three (3) versions of “Web Weaver EZ” on one computer (except for any free editing and printing from Page Designer).
    Note: Please download and install the trial version before purchase. The trial version will allow you to https://ryahylire.weebly.com

    6add127376 glecan

  15. ConnectCode supports thermal printing systems (vii, viii, and ix). It has been designed to support characters with different lengths and heights.
    This font has been designed with a complete family set. Each font consists of Calibration data, Calibration, Extended Raw Font File, Calibration Descriptor File, Character Map files and Encoded files. These files enable you to use the same font set with the digital, thermal, and ribbon printers. Other attributes of https://www.kujalleq.gl/API/Forwarding/ForwardTo/?url=https://cepmamohan.weebly.com

    6add127376 urbeir

  16. And even though is free it doesn’t compromise on the quality of the performance.

    Mobile Casino Gdansk

    What makes Online Poker Kings Club different from the usual family-friendly sites? Our poker room has four distinctive themes, for users of all ages. However, if you want a specific space, we offer you such options as Poker Club, Ladies Club, Kids Club and so on. Poker players of all ages and skill levels are welcome in our poker room. Everyone can https://kaischizadstil.weebly.com

    6add127376 jannado

  17. Portable software tool
    Its tools are made to be used on any platform. That is why it does not include a registry editor or a desktop icon.
    The application does have an installer but does not add a different entry in the Start menu.
    Close up of the main Windows UI
    This tool is completely free, just like Azure Storage, but the trial lasts only for 15 days. Let’s see what those gadgets can do.
    BatchArc is a handy and reliable desktop software https://flutcanafe.weebly.com

    6add127376 ayljus

  18. It might seem a bit complicated at first but the more you use it, the more it would become an easy way to stay organized and manage things that you have to do.
    If you’re tired of those applications that could keep everything organized, you should definitely try out Get Organized, it’s totally worth it.
    Share this:

    Introduction

    BBC Sports Match Calls is a simple sports application that allows you to easily add your favorite sports teams and find information about them, together with http://aeroboxy.ru/bitrix/rk.php?goto=https://rextwittgode.weebly.com

    6add127376 kaelfra

  19. The New Book of Lists contains over 2,000 song titles, sorted in alphabetical order and organized in one convenient volume. The New Book of Lists is an easier-to-use companion volume to the Guilmant Song Catalogue from Guilmant & Co. in Switzerland. It comprises 2,000 songs in alphabetical order, arranged in 100 tabs by key, each containing 20 songs and is a perfect companion to the GSC. It provides an additional benefit of allowing https://mandwittnamor.weebly.com

    6add127376 penwsant

  20. Features:
    An easy method for protecting private text
    Converts alphabets to unicode codes
    Protects keys from being revealed by encoding
    Recovers data in the reverse process with two clicks
    Works with Windows 10

    Technology

    Publisher

    Sinagogan

    Links

    About Recrambler Software

    Here is an advertising free zone. We only use brief ads to get you to the back page.
    All content is copyright and 100% under your https://ninglongnalno.weebly.com

    6add127376 fablivi

  21. You can try One-click Ringtone Converter right now for 30 days and decide if it’s worth your money.
    Key features:
    – Convert audio files to WAV, MP3, AMR, QCP or OGG format.
    – Large file size (15MB) recommended.
    – Several options to optimize the ringtone quality and dimensions.
    – Replace system sounds, replace icons, replace live wallpapers and more.
    – App for Windows 2000/XP/ https://www.nowtv.now.com/api/validate-login.php?redirect_to=https://jerconscenpa.weebly.com

    6add127376 bickkarn

  22. Aeris Blackwater is the heroine in the games Splinter Cell Blacklist and Blacklist 3 as an independent NPC, but in the comics we do know her as the daughter of Sam Fisher. In the Liberation video game she was introduced there as older sister of Nadine. Name was considered unofficially changed to Audrey, changing the spelling of her middle name.
    A character in the game Splinter Cell: Conviction, she appears as advisor of Fisher’s wife, Alexandra. http://www.kxdao.net/study_linkkiller-link.html?url=https://boiratatut.weebly.com

    6add127376 trasupr

  23. Arnod Macarello

    Arnod Macarello (29 September 1848 – 15 April 1925) was a Norwegian businessperson. He founded Macarello’s department store. He was decorated Knight, First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.

    Personal life
    Macarello was born in Trondheim as a son of businessperson and prostorijiarvekontor owner Joseph Macarello (1815–1903) https://decdescclasar.weebly.com

    6add127376 lonverd

  24. PC-Mannu is your reliable, easy-to-use consultant and software specialist for Microsoft Windows. With PC-Mannu’s different product lines, you can easily perform tasks such as data recovery, drive partitioning, computer management and application virtualization for your Windows-based PC.

    Setting up the computer system is pretty straight forward and can take you around 10 minutes to accomplish. the companys interface may seem a little obtuse at first. Page https://camptonebelt.weebly.com

    6add127376 divjewe

  25. As a text-based application, the program is a reliable choice for someone on the go, who doesn’t want to give up an operating system.
    What do you think about this solution? Share your opinion in the comment form below.

    Visual Studio Code isn’t a newcomer to the table of Microsoft-based developers’ editors. In fact, it can be claimed that the company’s most recent product is the best Google-free Java IDE to date. https://inhewattpac.weebly.com

    6add127376 larrtawn

  26. You can also see the status of incoming and sent messages in your system. The characteristic features of TopSales Basic Network allow you to manage your marketing tasks and contacts efficiently. Manage and organize your customers or employees contact details and avoid the often carried out manual data entry.
    The program also allows you to monitor the progress of the individual by the number of calls or emails of the contacts. Use the system to manage the groups of workers associated with a single task and automatically send message notifications based on https://www.palpodia.com/upload/files/2022/05/PLWACZVEP93TSxVnYyFm_19_892b12f134435f67f7cb692f9a6181b4_file.pdf 05e1106874 inhdal

  27. I was pretty pleased to discover this great site. I need to to thank you for your time for this particularly fantastic read!! I definitely appreciated every part of it and I have you book marked to see new stuff on your blog

Comments are closed.