It depends on the shelter. That was what the shelter in my home town was like, from what I heard from my friends who volunteered. However there are shelters that do things right and won't kill. There are shelters that euthanize the correct way. The description of these shelters as "animal murder factories", in all honesty, makes me want to avoid ever setting foot in them, even to adopt. I'd rather pay the adoption fee and support a no-kill shelter.
When both of my cats were adopted, there was $100 fee each. I made out the checks for $200 each. I donate hundreds to the no-kill shelters every year to keep them going. Raising awareness of a shelter as a murder shelter is like raising awareness for companies that use child slave labor. It usually has the opposite of the intended effect. Instead of driving people to support the company so the laborers get paid better, people usually boycott it.
I also disagree with the comment about breeding. Breeding isn't the issue. It's people grabbing pets without thinking first that's the problem. An acquaintance of mine who has loved cats for years and years is giving up all three of her cats because they're "not getting along with her new baby". People like that just don't think, and that's a huge part of the problem.
Viking vom Zeder-Kamme (11/19/2011)
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