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The Reality of Shelters

Updated on October 20, 2011
A picture of a shelter freezer.
A picture of a shelter freezer. | Source
This is my cat Garfield, I found him a week ago and he couldn't walk. He limps now and he will do anything to just lay beside me.
This is my cat Garfield, I found him a week ago and he couldn't walk. He limps now and he will do anything to just lay beside me.

Not something I normally write about.

Tonight (or day, depending on your time zone) I am inviting all of my readers to view my facebook page and see the truth about what breeders and people that refuse to spay their pets are really doing. I have just shared a link on my wall, this link was written by a Shelter Manager in North Carolina. It is a very sad and heart breaking letter to anyone that has ever given up a pet to a shelter.

Let me give you just a little insight. I am a woman that was raised by a veterinary technician, so I have always known the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. There hundreds of animals dying everyday due to being abandon by someone that claimed to love their pet. Every veterinary office and shelter has a freezer full of animals that were once somebodies pet and it makes me sick. All of these poor animals could have been saved, if their owners would have just stopped and thought about the long-term effects of their choices.

When you own a pet, you make a choice to bring that animal into your home and take care of it. Sometimes it takes training and dedication to make that pet a well-behaved part of your family. It is truly a shame when people just simple give up on their pets. Every pet as potential, but if you simply give up on it so will others.

I currently run an animal haven. A place where animals can come to live out the rest of their days. I take in animals and save them from the walk of death that would inevitably follow a drop off at a shelter. People seem to be catching on to what I am doing here because over the last week two adult male cats have been abandoned outside of my house. One of the cats was hit by a car before I found him. Don't worry he is alive and healing, he is well-fed and happy- we call him Garfield. He will be better in about 5 weeks. The second cat looks like his brother and came to me today, he is perfectly healthy and we will pick a name for him soon. About two weeks ago some dropped two litters of kittens off down the road. My boyfriend and my neighbor helped me to rescue them. They are going to be fixed once they are big enough. I am not complaining about having more animals or the time it takes to tend to each of my animals, including my two dogs that I have had for 11 years who were once on the road to death until we intervened and saved their lives. Yes, it is trying at times but I am thankful that I have the ability to save even the smallest life.

My point here is to let everyone know what really happens to all the animals that don't find me or the another author here like Lucky Cats who is woman with a beautiful heart. Animals take time and money to care for, and they also deserve to live a full life. Please think twice about breeding a pet. Everyone should spay and Neuter their pet so that they don't have babies that you cannot afford.

If you are interested in seeing the link I have posted tonight you can see it by searching for Erin Boggs in Maryland on face book (I have on my nerd glasses on in the profile picture), please when sending a friend request attach a message saying from hubpages. I will accept you and I pray that you will pass it on as we can all make a difference. I am throwing a stone into the water, please help it to make ripples.


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    • Erin Boggs1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Boggs1 

      6 years ago from Western Maryland

      That would take a lot of fighting and considering that they feel animals, like let's say cats, are over-populated they could care less about what happens to them. You should have read my controversial research paper about animal rights in high school. Example of the information that I used to prove that we are ignorantly spending money to test on animals in cruel manners was: in 1999, there was a government funded research project in which they sewed kittens eyes shut, placed them in a barrel, and rolled it down a hill. Once the kittens reached the bottom they observed how long it took for the kittens to regain their bearings. Now can anyone tell me what good this study did? Or why it cost over to 2 million dollars to fund? You have more than the FDA or any pet food company to fight on these regulations. It is heart breaking. If people would spay and neuter their pets there would be less animals out there to be abandoned. If people would work with training their pets there wouldn't be a reason to abandon them. It is a sad reality. You can write letters of complaints to the pet food companies, as long as you are sure that it is one that uses diseased animals in their pet foods, letting them know just how wrong they are but this means all of the animal lovers would have to converge and agree to work on fixing this issue. I am more than willing to help this cause and if you are willing to help out to then let's spread the word and work on it.

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      Adrienne F Manson 

      6 years ago from Atlanta

      WHAT!! How can this be allowed for 4D animals to be put in pet food. I think that is a crime. It should be against requlations for any animal to be turned into pet food. It is very alarming to read. Erin, there isnt something that can be done to stop the make of pet food in this manner?

    • Erin Boggs1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Boggs1 

      6 years ago from Western Maryland

      Healthknut, you are very correct. I guess I was trying to sugar coat it for anyone who reads the hub. But yes, pet food is made of cows, lambs, pigs, goats, horses, cats, and dogs. Which is very disheartening for any animal lover. I am glad that you have made it publicly known where I did not have the heart to say it.

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      6 years ago

      Not necessarily. Animal "byproducts" in pet food come from animals that are 4D - dead, diseased, dying and down. Such 4D animals include cats and dogs that have been euthanized and then ground up - including their collars - and put into dog and cat food. Yes, we are feeding our cats and dogs other cats and dogs - unless we are using healthy byproduct free foods.

    • Erin Boggs1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Boggs1 

      6 years ago from Western Maryland

      Once the freezer is full, the dead animals are picked up by incinerator employees and taken to be cremated. Once the animals are turned into ashes they are then simply thrown away.

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      6 years ago from Chicago

      Interesting. But Erin, what do they do with the animals in the freezer????


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