Issue to consider:
Watch the videos below to learn the answers to some of these questions:
Kill vs. No-Kill Animal Shelters:
Even if a shelter or animal sanctuary allows a pet to be taken in, be sure the conditions are humane and the shelter is capable of caring properly for the number of animals they accept. Hoarding, spread of disease, starvation etc. can be problems in some (not all) no-kill shelters/rescue sanctuaries.
More information about No-Kill shelters: https://bestfriends.org/2025-goal
The video below does NOT represent the practices of all kill-shelters.
A reply to the video: "Not all shelters have a 72 hour rule and most have much longer time limits. Kennels and cages are clean and require routine inspections. Animals are removed and put into carriers or alternate kennels while we clean, and we perform maintenance (scooping and mopping and such) throughout the day. Dogs get walked or let out into the outside runs 2-3 times a day at least (more if there are enough volunteers.) All our animals are fed twice a day. We have vets on staff and animals are treated for any medical issues (though there are some that are unrealistic to treat.) Euthanasia is not an agonizing death. The only pain is from the needle, same as getting the sedative. They literally fall asleep in your arms and yes it's the most painful thing the staff has to deal with. All our animals are cremated. Yes there are major overpopulation issues, as well as funding and staffing. Yes you need to spay and neuter and understand the risk to your pet in a shelter. We're sometimes the last loving face an animal sees."
The take-away from the video is to definitely research the facilities in your area and ask questions!
Do this --> Brainstorm ways YOU can spread the word about investigating the source of your pet, "adopting, not shopping", & spay/neutering your pets so overpopulation can be decreased.
More issues to consider:
What is the best way to care for your pet?
Do this --> How would you answer these questions above?
-- If you can, discuss them with someone else.
-- Justify your answers, especially if the other person disagrees with your answers.
Do this -->
Write a Pet's Rights document.
-- An example is below. What would you add or change?
-- Write your own Pet's Rights document. Share it with someone and/or click "share your work" in this website's menu to share on social media.
Want to know what its like to volunteer at an animal shelter?