Shelters don't kill cats. The public does. I work for a county shelter and yes, we do euthanize. As few animals as possible, but we do euthanize. It isn't the shelters' fault. They get incredible numbers of animals dumped on them every day. Most of our cats are friendly cats picked up as strays. So, if someone lets his or her cat roam outside, and the cat gets picked up by animal control, and no one bothers to reclaim the cat ("she always comes back in a few days" or "we just figured he ran away") or no one adopts the animal and the animal gets PTS, who's the killer? It's the irresponsible, lazy "owner" who didn't want to clean the litterbox or spend 50 cents worth of gas to drive to AC to check if the cat is there. Not the shelter workers, who have a miserable job to do & have to do it because animal welfare is on the bottom of most counties' financial priorities. Mandatory spay/neuter would help. Good luck with that out here in good ol' boy country. Most people at shelters work very, very hard to get animals adopted out and feel like absolute failures when they can't. "Rescues" come and pick the prettiest and the fanciest dogs and cats; for the most part, there's very little actual rescue going on there. Just my 2 cents.
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