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Q: shelters????

August 22, 2009 | By Lyndsay | 4 answers | Expired: 1787 days ago

Lyndsay

okay well i just saw in the news that the spca is a shelter that kills animals. i have voluntered there for about six months. i saw something weird well i as out helping with cats and these people came in. the saw a kitten that the were going to adopt and a few minuettes later a worker came in and said that it didnt look good. it look fine to me. so what do you think

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Ourstaff
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Aug 23, 2009

Kittens are like light bulbs. Sometimes you can't tell if something is wrong until they just go out. Kittens can be carrying something that will only show up in a stool or blood sample. I have had fosters start to fade and come back and others that I thought were going to be fine suddenly take a turn for the worst. I would bet my cats life on the belief that none of the people who work at the ASPCA where I get the fosters have an easy time putting any animal to sleep. I think that the people working to yours are the same. The kitten could have had any number of serious problems.

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Ninaof2girls
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Aug 23, 2009

I hope you read this!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sorry to hear that you feel suspicious about what happened and unfortunately many shelters do put animals to sleep, especially if an illness may be spreading through the shelter. On the other hand there are also sick people as well as sick animals and there may be something funny going on. Many people have been found to harm other people in the medical field and can also harm animals in the shelter and rescue business. Why not? If you have a gut feeling that something isn't right, I suggest that you report it to someone higher up in the shelter that you can HONESTLY TRUST. Or tell someone outside the shelter that you can trust that may be able to help you further. There may be something horribly wrong going on here. BE CAREFUL and Good Luck.

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Norrie
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Aug 23, 2009

A friend of mine is a vet tech, semi retired but fosters several kitten litters each year. She has said a kitten will be doing well then can suddenly turn and die. Seizures, gastric infections, upper respitory infections, so many things.
Shelter workers don't want infections going through and affecting the entire shelter. I know it's sad and I don't think I could volunteer at a shelter.

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Sheltervt
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Aug 22, 2009

it's hard to say what may have been the issue with the particular kitten you mention. There are any of a number of diseases that can proliferate in a shelter environment that are bad news for the resident cats, and symptoms of those diseases could be as minor as runny eyes or sneezing... not exactly something that would appear major to those uninitiated.

With regard to your local SPCA euthanizing animals... most shelters do. It's not something we do for fun. Believe me, shelter workers HATE putting animals to sleep. Unfortunately, it's a necessity. As long as people randomly breed their dogs and cats (or allow their animals to remain intact and have "accidental litters") euthanasia is a necessary evil.

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