Now, I want dogs to be saved from kill shelters as much as the next person but I am sometimes concerned about the pressure to adopt from them as well. I sometimes wonder how many of these dogs are adopted out of complete pity and not because the dog is a good fit for a home or the person had been looking for a while.
I also know as much as the next person that it is ridiculously difficult to look at the dogs stuck in high kill shelters as the gassing day gets near. But I also know that I personally cannot save them all and that my first responsibility has to be to my dogs/cats/family.
It would be incredibly irresponsible of me to pull dogs for no other reason than I felt bad that they would otherwise die. I can share them on facebook/twitter/etc, can sponsor their adoption fee, can perhaps foster one occasionally but pulling/adopting dogs without really thinking about the repercussions is, I think, more detrimental to the adopted dog in many cases.
A dog was recently adopted from a kill shelter into a home that touted experience but who may not be as skilled as he/she thought. Within 24hrs she decided to rehome the dog because it was ‘aggressive’ toward a puppy and a cat in the home (behavior that wasn’t seen at the shelter or at the foster-home the dog was in for two days). The dog was poorly introduced to the person’s existing pets and was given free-reign almost as soon as it arrived to interact with the resident animals. The pooch hadn’t been taken to a vet, wasn’t given time to adjust before being very severely judged on its behavior. The adopter really though pulling this dog from a kill shelter was noble ….but now the dog will be bounced around again when the adopter finds a new home (something she claimed to be committed to).
It is horribly sad about the number of dogs euthanized everyday in this country… but the solution isn’t inappropriate ‘adoptions’ from high-kill shelters. There are other ways to help dogs in need than adopting them and bringing them into your home only to decide you don’t want to keep them and scrambling to find a new home.