Stop Euthanizing Rescued Animals

humane society rescues

Target: CEO, Wayne Pacelle

Goal: Require shelters to allow rescue groups to save animals

A recent Huffington Post article outlined how The Humane Society of the United States is allowing, and even insisting, that shelter animals be euthanized unnecessarily. As one of the most influential animal rights organizations in the US, it is crucial that it does more to rehabilitate homeless animals.

Many shelters do not have adoption hours or refuse to take adoptions at all, thoughtlessly ensuring that the majority of their animals be euthanized. While these animals wait, there are countless families who would adopt them, however the shelters rarely expose them to the public.

A law in California forbids shelters from euthanizing animals when rescue groups are willing to take them in. However, in other states, rescue groups claim that shelters still turn down their offers, instead euthanizing the very animals that the rescue group tried to save. California has increased the number of transports to rescue groups from 12,000 to an amazing 58,000, showing just how effective no kill shelters can be.

Thu Humane Society claimed that shelters are “experts” and should go unregulated, however this is costing thousands of perfectly healthy animals their lives. Ask the Humane Society to stop opposing no-kill shelters and rescue groups and stop wasting healthy lives.


Dear Wayne Pacelle,

The decisions to continuously oppose the aid of rescue groups shows a lack of concern for animals. Overpopulation is clearly a problem, but no kill shelters have found ways to save nearly 100% of their animals with the help of rescue groups. The Humane Society must start allowing those who care about animals to save them.

Shelters that have adoptions bring in much-needed funds through adoption fees. They clear out space so that more animals can be kept off the streets, and they reduce costly euthanization. Thousands more animals are saved and shelters profit, all at no extra cost to taxpayers.

Many shelters in the US kill the majority of their healthy animals out of laziness, denying them adoption hours and contact with the public. Under the No-kill program, California has increased the number of animals saved by 370%. Thus there is absolutely no excuse not to implement this plan in every other state.

Many of the animals killed are deemed “unsuitable” for being scared or shy. This isn’t a problem, but a temperament, often changed by rescues and no-kill shelters in a matter of weeks. If this organization is truly humane as the title implies, it must allow animals to be rehabilitated for adoption. Please stop preventing rescues from saving and adopting out thousands of healthy animals.


[Your Name Here]

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