Why can't animal shelters just keep animals that aren't adopted? Isn't that kinder than killing healthy animals?
We don't think so. Dogs and cats need the care and companionship of people. Most shelters cannot afford to feed and care for millions of unwanted animals.
Even if shelters could keep them forever, these animals would still be alone--and lonely. It is stressful and cruel to keep animals in cages day after day, waiting and hoping for attention.
We are trying hard to reduce the pet overpopulation problem. That's why we encourage spay/neuter programs in our community.
But for the homeless, lonely animals in our care, a peaceful, humane death is the kindest end.
Taken from a pamphlet from:
The Humane Society of the United States of America.
This page last updated 05/08/99