One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter

One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter

Diane Leigh

Language: English

Pages: 146

ISBN: 0972838708

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Half the households in America include an animal companion. Yet, each year, community shelters take in six to eight million unwanted dogs and cats who face an uncertain fate. With compelling photos and moving vignettes, this book chronicles the true stories of 75 animals who entered a typical U.S. animal shelter during one week witnessed and documented by the authors.

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Ways to quantify this appalling tragedy as there are animals caught in it. And ironically, the more we try to quantify it, the more incomprehensible it becomes. It is almost impossible to imagine millions upon millions of individual animals being received across animal shelter counters, each creating a trail of administrative paperwork, each being examined and vaccinated, kenneled, fed, bathed, walked and played with. It is even more impossible to picture the millions who are put to death. In.

Embarrassed or ashamed to surrender their animals directly to staff can leave them safely, and, anonymously. Other shelters feel that this goes too far, making it simply too easy to "dump" an animal and invoking the unsettling and insulting image of Goodwill collection boxes for "used goods." However he is surrendered, and for whatever reason, it is now a matter of life and death for the animal. He has lost his home, his security, his safety. He has lost everything, and now may ultimately lose.

Care for them, try to save them and find them a new home. For shelters to realize that much of the answer to the homeless animal problem lies in preemptive action, that it is possible, even necessary, to save animals they will never actually see or lay hands on, is a fairly radical change in thinking. And even for those shelters who understand this, time and money are limiting factors. It can be difficult for shelters deluged with already-homeless animals to allocate resources to programs of.

Scared and nervous. A staff person assessing his temperament had to work patiently with him to get past what seemed like defensive, perhaps aggressive, behavior to find the sweet, shy dog underneath. Jake was a bit wary of men, did not seem to enjoy being petted and had no concept of a leash, but he readily responded to kindness and gentle direction, quickly learning "sit" and "down." "Needs a home to build his confidence with treats and love," the staff person noted in his records. Happily for.

Scene in confusion and fear. What happens to these various stray animals is a matter of chance. If they are lucky, they happen across sympathetic people who help them, but many of them will not be that fortunate. Tens of thousands of animals are hit by cars, their bodies picked up by animal control officers and logged in shelter records as "dead on arrival." Others are subject to starvation, injury or abuse. Wandering domestic animals are sometimes killed by wild animals like coyotes and.

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