Stop High-Kill Shelters in Illinois

Stop High-Kill Shelters in Illinois

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kirsten jones started this petition to Illinois Governor and

 I believe this topic needs to be talked about because animals have a life they deserve to live. Yet, a lot of people do not see animals as deserving of a long happy life. Rather quite a lot of people feel that animals are just property that have no feeling, soul, nor a life to live. These people believe their animals are for them and their enjoyment If they do not want their pet anymore they are thrown away like a toy you don’t want anymore. But, this is very wrong because most of these animals have done nothing wrong and they just want to be within a loving happy family. Plus, many of these places where pets are dropped off are high-kill shelters do not provide the opportunity for many of these animals to be adopted and get a loving home because they will be euthanized in only a few days, in some cases only a day. For Example, as stated in TimeOut 

"The shelter is required to hold impounded animals that have a locating chip or an identification tag for a minimum of seven days, and a minimum of three days if ownership is unknown. Stray cats and litters of puppies aged four months or younger may be transferred to a rescue partner immediately, but those that remain in the pound longer than a week will generally be euthanized" (Guse). 

This quote is speaking on a shelters in Chicago, Illinois and how they are required to hold all animals with a chip or name tag for a minimum of seven days. But, if there is no identification the minimum days of holding is three. This means most animals who are not adopted or claimed within a week get euthanized . What makes this scenario even more sad is the pets they are putting down are healthy and do not have any behavior problems. Where low-kill shelters give animals a second chance at a new happy, loving life. Low-kill means there is no limit on how long an animal stays but animals who are sick, have behavior problems, or any other issue that would  not qualify them as “adoptable”  they would become euthanized. This has made a significant decrease in euthanizations of animals. For instance, the number of euthanizations has been decreased from 20 million a year to about 3 million a year. Still a very large number but a significant drop in deaths of these animals. There are millions of animals every year without a home. and as of recently about 6.5 million enter shelters every year. There are so many different reasons why animals are through on the street or brought to a shelter. In addition,  As states in KQED education

"About 710,000 of the dogs and cats are brought in as strays and 47% of those are surrendered due to their behavioral problems. There are two major types of shelters: traditional and no-kill. Traditional shelters will euthanize animals depending on the circumstances and the no-kill shelters attempt to keep all animals alive " (KQED education)

Within this quote it is giving the statistics on why some animals are brought to shelters and what types of shelters there are. In this quote “no-kill” mean only killed if not fitted to be adopted for example very ill or highly aggressive. Other than those few reasons they view most animals as adoptable and deserving of a healthy home. Instead high-kill shelters do not view these animals that same way and do not do very much good for anyone, not the animals, the people, no one benefits from a high-kill shelter except from the owners who are making money. High-kill shelters have the purpose to kill, low- kill and no-kill give animals a chance of having a happy life.
    This issue is very important to me because as I was growing up I've seen many animals neglected. Also, people just letting their animals loose, dropping them off shelters and not batting an eye. People even trying to get rid of their animals through facebook. This is a huge problem where animals are dying when they could be giving a family or owner a lot of joy and happiness. Instead these pets suffer and don’t get the loving life they deserve. I have rescued about nine dogs, it is not a sagering number but I’m only 19 years old. I do not have an organization but anytime I see an animals lost who looks like they are not where they are supposed to be I will bring him or her home. My family normally post on facebook or the owner was not too far behind the dog and we’ve had quite a good amount of success with these methods. But, my first dog was rescued from an abusive family and we took him in and loved him. His name was Simba and he was a Golden Retriever. He was a very big sweetheart and just wanted to be loved. In addition, we also rescued another dog. His name is Sparky and we believe he is a Jack Russell Terrier, and he was found by a garbage dump. It is in Morris, Illinois where my dad works. Its is known to be a spot where people drop off their unwanted animals. But, one day he happened to be working and this little four month old puppy ran up to him. My father went walking up and down the neighborhood they were working in knock at every door. They asked if the puppy was theirs or if they knew whose it was, but no one ever ended up claiming him. So, he was brought home and happen to never leave. He was very skinny, and his teeth are now badly rotted. But, he is a very happy, lovable dog who loves to play.  Overall, these experiences and how my parents always go out of their way to help any animal that look out of place has made a big impact on me. I have even jumped out of cars in the middle of traffic to make sure a dog was not hit by a car. I believe animals have a purpose and a life to live just like a human. It is a different type of purpose than a human but these animals have feelings and a soul. They just want to be loved and give it as well. High-kill shelters aren’t willing to change their ways and continuing to kill pets who could have a second chance in a happy family. For example, as stated by PAWS

 "Over the past decade, No Kill has become the commonly accepted sheltering model and the goal for all communities. But many traditional high-kill shelters continue to resist change; instead, they mask their killing through misleading terminology and misrepresentation of shelter data. Knowledge is power." (PAWS)

 This quote is saying many high-kill shelters hind they euthanize animals at a very high rate. This  shows people that if you have no other choice to put animals in a shelter people need to do their research before just dropping off an animal. Pets are something not everyone needs but everyone does need to understand that shelter can be a good option but not if killing is the end result for most animals who enter into these types of shelters. This situation should be the other way around, where most should be adopted not killed. Low-killed shelters goal is to have 90 to 95 percent of their animals are adopted a month and most shelters reach this achievement week after week. This is why I support low-kill they are a positive to the animals and the people.

    The initiation of animal shelters started with pounds for livestock in colonial ages. Pounds would collect any animals out of place and would ask for a fee in the return of housing  the animal until they were claim. Since an economical value was placed on the animals the pounds would determine whether the animals were worth keeping. Then as time progressed more  cats and dogs started coming into the shelters. But, there was such a low economic value placed on them, they started killing them within small periods of time if they were unclaimed or just right when these animals were brought in, Not until the 1970’s is when organizations started to change the way pounds ran, and to push for more humane treatment and euthanization methods. Still to current day there are very few regulations on shelters. The only things regulated within shelters is breeding, vaccines, and how long before they can euthanize a stray pet. There are no federal laws or any other regulations on shelters, only some states have laws on the regulation of animal shelters.  To illustrate, states in Veterinary Medicine dvm 360

“The ASPCA National Outreach department estimates that more than 5,000 animal shelters exist in the United States. However, no one knows for sure since there is no federal system to define or regulate shelters. Humane societies and SPCAs are not affiliated with the national ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Although some states regulate animal shelters, the guidelines for animal care may be rudimentary at best” (1 Miller). 

This quote gives an explanation show shelters are not federally regulated so it is the decision  of these animals quality of life is all based on the states. Animal shelters have become a bigger topic over time through research of animals. It has been found that pets do have feelings and feel love for their owners. Where most people didn't think animals had feelings or had a reason to unless it was for human’s benefits. This topic needs to be looked at because Illinois has regulation but they are not enough. There are still high-kill shelters who give these animals a very poor quality of life yet the can pass their inspection. The regulations need to be raised and high-kill shelters need to be banned from Illinois.

All in all, low-kill shelters are fair and want the best for everyone.     High-kill shelters do not treat animals right nor care to give them a chance to be adopted, where low-kill are doing their best to get all nonetheless ninety percent of their animals a new home. I want there to be stricter regulations with more inspections and for high-kill shelters no longer be allowed to operate as they are now. Action needs to be taken, go sign “Stop High-Kill Shelters in Illinois” petition on Change.org. Hopefully there will be a significant change in regulations and an end to high-kill shelters.  

 

 

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