Cat kill rates are going up for the first time in decades and dog killing is on pace to double
Although, I agree with much of what you wrote, I disagree re dog surrenders decreasing. I volunteer @ ACCT Philly, and the number of dogs, both stray and surrendered, has increased 2-3x. Many pet owners cannot afford the care. My household is in the top 2% of wage earners, and to come up with the cash for surgeries, medicines, etc., will sometimes, make me gasp. Everything, needed to care for a pet, has risen astronomically. Sometimes, something simple like buying a certain food can be problematic. If it is not available (either the type, or size), then, one must buy from a different source, or buy a larger bag, which will cost more. To someone on a budget, that can hurt. Most pet people have multiple animals, and never anticipated the skyrocketing costs. They will do whatever they can to keep their pets, but there are times when the hurdles are insurmountable. Many shelters are trying to help, but sometimes, that is not enough. Again, I am in concert with most of your thoughts, but inflation, and animal surrenders increasing, is very real, and affecting many.
The "shelter"situation is so awful. These crooks are accountable to no one it seems, and this needs to change. These managers are obviously paper pushing chair warmers who have never worked with or helped any animal in their life. Many of them have criminal records and are animal abusers themselves, and this is not my invention but has been shown to be fact. "Clear the shelter" day should involve firing all these miscreants and offering well paid positions to the rescues and caretakers who are overwhelmed but nevertheless will do whatever it takes to help animals in need.
I really appreciate the work you’ve done and continue to do with educating and spurring communities and shelters to do better.
I can’t help but wonder what the money component does to drive these policies. I can’t imagine any reason to go back to old practices if money wasn’t involved. Do No Kill Sheltering practices impact the breeder world financially? Do they play any part in this? Or is it just the administrative expense? Just curious of your thoughts on it?