Originally Posted by taxlady
Thank you for the heads up Sir LOB. Those are important things to consider.
However, your experience is regional. It's not going to be exactly the same everywhere.
No-kill shelters became popular in the mid-90s here. This does NOT mean that animals are not euthanized. It means that adoptable animals are not euthanized. Animals that are sick are often sent to rescue organizations. We took many dogs that needed $1000-2000 of vet care (this with a very generous discount--the vet got everything for us at 10% over clinic cost and donated her time) from our shelter. We had to set a limit re: how much we would spend. $2000 could
"save" 4-5 dogs, we had to get realistic. Animals that do not have safe temperaments are also euthanized. The key word is adoptable. People are more generous with their donations if the shelter or rescue group is no-kill. It is impossible to be 100% no-kill. What it has meant in our area is that animals are not euthanized if the shelter is full or have been there more than 7 days. And, our local HS has a resident veterinarian. She does surgeries, etc., on adoptable animals--there is a special fund for this as part of the HS' fundraising strategy.