A nation is known by how it treats those who are put into its care. Shelters are by their every definition a haven and not a place of death. The animals could be trained and placed into programs that would benefit humanity such a service dogs, therapy dogs, reading programs to boost confidence of the readers, placed into retirement communities, search and rescue dogs, etc.. A side benefit of this would be it would also create much needed jobs. We have become a disposable society. Let us not dispose these much needed useful members of our society.