Breaking News: I was very excited today to receive this email from Nathan Winograd of the No Kill Advocacy Center in Oakland.
First, do no harm.
Killing a healthy or treatable dog, cat, rabbit, or other animal companion should be illegal, regardless of whether the animal is at a shelter or taken to a veterinarian.
Not only is it unethical to kill healthy and treatable animals, but a recent study found that “over one-third (36.9%) of dogs originally brought in by their owners for euthanasia could, upon further evaluation by staff and discussion with owners, be made available for adoption…” It further found that, after assessment, these animals “had medical or behavioral concerns that were amenable to resolution, as opposed to all having terminal health conditions or intractable behavior problems.”
David Coursey is the host and producer of KSCO Pet Radio, heard Noon-2pm Sundays on KSCO 1080/104.1 and KOMY 1340 Santa Cruz/San Jose/Monterey, CA as well as live online and as an always-available podcast. He is the founder of two large Facebook lost-and-found groups for missing pets in and around Tracy, CA. His family includes his wife, Elionora Bjur, and multiple dogs and cats.