The anger that apparently drove someone to vandalize and spay-paint cruel words on the Heartland Animal Rescue Team building is misdirected. People who work at open-admission animal shelters are heroes for animals—they never turn their backs on an animal in need, despite the fact that the best anyone can offer many homeless dogs and cats is a gentle and painless release from the world. For many abused and neglected animals, the first time they experience a full stomach, a kind word, or a gentle touch is at a caring open-admission shelter.
No one despises the sad reality of euthanasia more than the brave people who hold the syringe, and who go to work every day knowing they may have to say a final goodbye to animals whom they’ve fed, walked, cared for, and loved.
Euthanasia by intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital, when administered by trained, caring shelter staff, is painless, peaceful, and very quick. It is a kindness for suffering animals and those for whom no good homes exist.
It’s time to stop blaming shelters, which are staffed by the only people brave and compassionate enough to do society’s dirty work, for the animal overpopulation crisis and the resultant need for euthanasia. The blame belongs solely to breeders, pet stores, and people who don’t spay or neuter their animals.
Let’s work toward the day when there is a loving home for every animal by boycotting pet stores and breeders, always having our animal companions spayed or neutered, and working to get mandatory spay/neuter legislation passed.