I recently saw a holiday display for Annies Orphans. It included her usual statement that shes Durangos only no-kill animal shelter.
An animal shelter is a facility that helps every animal in need those found on the streets and those that have to be given up by their current family. An animal shelter is held to a high standard. It must have solid walls between the animals to avoid stress, fighting and medical issues. It must provide indoor housing and always consider the effects of its decisions on the community.
A rescue organization, on the other hand, can pick what animals it takes in, when and how it will house them and who will be allowed to adopt them. It can choose to keep an animal alive, even if that animal doesnt get out for a walk for years or even when an animal because of long-term boredom endlessly circles or jumps in its cage. It can choose the quantity of an animals life over the quality of it.
That is its right and the right of its supporters to feel the same way. But thats a rescue, not a shelter.
The term no-kill has gained in popularity over the years, but it is primarily used to gain donation money and support.
Some animals, whether its because of their temperament or the conditions they were forced to live through, cannot be adopted. Keeping these animals alive, endlessly isolated in a small enclosure, is not doing a service to them.
Ten percent to 15 percent of animals entering animal shelters are not adoptable. Many animal shelters and rescues that call themselves no-kill euthanize unadoptable animals or are constantly full and cannot help others in need.
La Plata County Humane Society has not euthanized a dog for space in almost two years while still helping everyone in need.
More than 90 percent of the dogs that come into LPCHS find their way into loving homes. This is an impressive percentage that we should be proud of, not one that should be downplayed by a local rescue organization.
Marcy Eckhardt, Hesperus