I took this horrible picture one year ago today. If you zoom in you can see they failed to hit the vein in the German Shepherd’s first leg and had to go to the second leg for the kill.
This is not a place where I worked but it’s a place I visited while working.
Bad kennel presentation is just what it sounds like. It’s a dog that does not behave well in the kennel. The dog may jump, bark, growl, whine, etc. when people approach. When you open the cage door the dog is completely friendly and normal. Being abandoned in a shelter by their family is a very traumatic and scary experience and some dogs don’t adjust very well. Most of these dogs never make it to the front to have a chance to be adopted because they are deemed unadoptable by the majority of shelters. Instead they are walked to a room in the back to have a needle stuck in their vein as they wag their tail and give kisses to the person that is killing them.
Dogs are killed because of their breed. Dogs and cats are often automatically euthanized simply because they are eight years old or older.
Cats are killed if they have FIV or FeLV. Many cats can live long healthy lives with these diseases. My cat Vegan is FeLV positive. She’s almost a year and a half and she’s very happy and healthy. You can read Vegan’s story here. I’ve seen many other beautiful cats that were killed because they were FIV or FeLV positive even though they were completely healthy at the time.
I put 95% of the blame on the breeders (both intentional and accidental breeding) but the shelters can do better. It’s time to work a little harder to end the killing!