It’s no secret that a lot of animal rescue centers and shelters are struggling to fulfil their goal of providing new homes and better lives for the stray and abandoned pets that enter their care.
And it’s not really their fault. In many cases, they work tirelessly.
They can only do so much with limited resources and a seemingly endless line of abandoned pets in need of a home.
The problem is that this darker side of rescue work isn’t talked about much at all, and it is simply not enough to address the root problem.
So, we’re pretty glad to hear one animal rescue center opening up about their struggles.
A container full of puppies
What drove someone at the Paws and Hooves Rescue Foundation to speak up was an unforgettable encounter they had with a litter of abandoned puppies left right by their doorstep.
According to the Oklahoma-based center, they found a plastic container duct taped shut and poked with air holes. When one of their veterinary technicians opened the container, they saw that it was crammed full of puppies.
They counted ten of them to total, all barely fitting in the small container and all soaked due to being confined in the box.
But what’s even more shocking is that this isn’t a rare occurrence at all.
Frustrated with seeing animals in such conditions, the veterinary technician decided to write an open letter addressed to pet owners or anyone who might be thinking of being one.
What many don’t know
First, the veterinary technician revealed that contrary to what some people may believe, most shelters don’t have the funds and resources to attend to an entire community’s worth of unwanted pets.
Without enough no space, food, or money for veterinary costs to keep and care for animals until they find a new home, centers are often forced to euthanize them.
According to statistics, an estimated 6.5 million pets enter United States shelters each year. Of this large population, around 1.5 million are euthanized. The rest are either returned to their owners or adopted by new ones.
The vet tech vented her frustrations in the Facebook post:
“We get calls ALL DAY LONG, chewed out daily, and told how heartless we are for turning pets away. Why am I the bad guy when your dog/cat has had its 5th litter of babies and you don’t have the money for them? There are MANY programs out there to get discounted spays/neuters.”
She then recalled some of the most disheartening manners irresponsible owners disposed of their poor unwanted animals. She’s found a litter of puppies and kittens drowned and nearly drowned in rainwater because of the makeshift containers they were dumped in. She has also discovered boxes of ones that had frozen to death in the weather.
What we can do
In the end, the veterinary technician encouraged people to take responsibility for the animals they decide to take in as pets. She hoped that people can learn to seek proper help rather than just dumping their poor pets when they can’t take care of them anymore.
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Posted by Paws and Hooves Rescue Foundation on Friday, April 28, 2017