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Animal Shelters And The No Kill Movement

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Nationally, roughly four million animals are killed in shelters every year. Of these, roughly 95% of all shelter animals are healthy and treatable. (No Kill Advocacy Center). No animal should have to ever be a part of these awful statistics. What will it take to help save these innocent animals from being killed senselessly? Animal kill shelters are horrible, inhumane, and overall completely unnecessary for multiple reasons: No Kill shelters improve adoption rates, all animals lives are valuable, and No Kill shelters save more money than other shelters.

Why Waste a Valuable Life?
Killing and disposing of animals because there is no room available for them is unnecessary and inhumane. A shelter is usually a place where something or someone is offered protection and refuge. But what happens when a shelter does the exact opposite of giving something protection? Sadly this happens to various animals each year that are brought to Kill Shelters. The ASPCA has stated that three to four million animals are euthanized in shelters in the United States: an absolutely shocking 60% of all animals that belong to shelters(McLellan). Many of these animals that are irrationally killed are completely worthy of adoption.The main reason for all these senseless killings is overpopulation. Generally when shelters can no longer locate homes for animals they can no longer keep do to overpopulation the first and simplest option that comes to mind is to euthanize them. The animals could be in perfect condition physically but the shelters still kill the animals regardless of the conditions of the animals. Also, in many cases the animals may also be completely worthy of becoming adopted but the shelters still euthanize these animals who cannot possibly defend for themselves (McLellan). With all of the killing people have started to believe it will be impossible to ever bring a conclusion to this killing of homeless animals. Another question that comes to mind is if No Kill animal shelters are actually the solution or not. Some pounds will kill as many as 90% of the animals they redeem and that owners hand over. But on the other hand countless pounds are lessening their kill rates of adoptable animals to 0% (Animals). Death should never be the solution when it comes to the lives of these powerless animals.

Why Kill When You Can Adopt?
Usually when others are given the choice between a kill shelter and a No Kill shelter the answer is almost always the No Kill shelter. What if each animal shelter in the United States were to swap to No Kill shelters and if all the services and programs that help run No Kill shelters were available? Well the United States would emancipate roughly four million cats and dogs who are scheduled to die painfully in shelters this year, and the many years to come after that. This dream is a dream that is not completely impossible to achieve (No Kill Advocacy Center). Why are animals given a certain time line to be adopted when animals have...

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