IT IS HIGH TIME THAT THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA SET A PRECIDENT FOR OTHER STATES TO FOLLOW, AND TO END EUTHANASIA IN SHELTERS AND VETERINARY CLINICS OF HEALTHY ANIMALS AS A WAY OF CONTROLLING THE POPULATION, AND TO SEEK OTHER RESOURCES, WORKING TOGETHER WITH OTHER SHELTERS TO SHARE SPACE AS NEEDED, AND TO FIND HOMES FOR EVERY HEALTHY DOG OR CAT. FURTHER, INJURED OR ILL ANIMALS SHOULD ONLY BE PUT DOWN FOR HUMANE PURPOSES, AND AFTER ALL OTHER EFFORTS ARE EXHAUSTED...
We feel that in this day and age, we are past the misnomer that animal population is out of control. The fact is, there are 3 million dogs and cats that will see shelters this year, and there are between 15 and 17 million people that will take in a new dog or cat- thats at least a FIVE to 1 ratio in favor of the pets. Too many shelters in Florida fail to give these animals a chance to find a forever home, and DAILY, I see posts that five or more cats or dogs, who have been at a shelter for 2 weeks or a little longer, are no the "Euthanasia DEATH List" for that morning. I do not see how ANY human being with a conscience could go to work, and PUT TO DEATH, healthy animals that simply lack a home. That is why I am asking for people to sign this petition, and help me FIGHT for these innocent animals with no voice, and force our sheters to WORK TOGETHER, work with a local veternarian for low or no cost spaying and neutering, and make it manditory to have every shelter animal spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter. by doing this, we can cut down on the repeat visits by animals to shelters by themselves, or their children...
Whether it be by injection or by gas chamber, there is NO humane reason to end the life of an otherwise healthy cat or dog, simply because they have been placed in a shelter and have run past that shelter's time limits. The fact is, in the United States, there are 3 million cats and dogs in shelters this year, however, there are as many as 15-17 MILLION homes that will take in a dog or a cat as a pet this year as well...this math is simple, there IS a home for every dog or cat. Further, when an animal is abused, sick or injured, it is the responsibility of every shelter to have either a veterinary technician on staff at all times, or on call at the very least, and that all efforts to help the animal before putting them down for humane purposes has been exhausted. They also should be offered up for adoption, to a family that is willing to care for them, when the injury or illness is not life threatening or dangerous to others.
Laws need to be enacted to make sure that every animal admitted to a shelter be photographed, given an identification number, and this information must be made available to the public! A shelter needs to provide a way out, as well as a way in, for each and every animal! We demand this become mandatory in every county in the State. Its important that EVERY dog be identified and put up on the shelter’s website and social media pages, so that potential owners can find their pets that may have been lost. The way that things are at the present, it is fact that many “pets” who got out of their homes, have been euthanized prior to their loving owners ever finding them-one more reason to end euthanization in its entirety. Low cost spaying and neutering is available in virtually every county, and it is time that every sheltered animal be brought to one of these facilities, or have the facility come to the shelter and perform the service, to insure that every dog or cat that leaves the shelter has been spayed or neutered, so that they we will eventually end the issue of unwanted puppies and kittens being born.
Puppy mills, puppy auctions and pet stores are a part of the population issue, and something needs to address this very fact. Registration entities should be prohibited from supplying registration numbers for animals purchased from pet stores, puppy mills, or commercial breeders and anyone who is not licensed to breed. Licenses must be submitted with registration requests. By requiring breeders to be licensed to do so, you are able to control the number of breeders and thus, control the population of the animals. Further, there should be stiff fines and or jail time for anyone that does not comply with this law. Licensed breeders must agree to take back or re-home animals they have bred if the animals cannot be kept by the purchaser. Failure to do so should result in immediate suspension of licenses.
Stiff penalties and serious jail time must be given to animal abusers. It is a fact animal abusers often escalate to abuse people, or worse. The euthanization of any animal in a shelter that has been committed to, by rescue, should be punishable by criminal penalties and/or hefty fines.
We respectfully request that our voices be heard! We are more than willing to come to Tallahassee, in numbers, and meet with Law Makers to put an end to the horrible conditions that exist in shelters and to put an end to the animal holocaust in what are supposed to be *shelters*! At this time, the term "animal shelter" has become oxymoronic- this needs to change!