SURPRISE! A Saturday Post! Today is the quarterly Blog The Change for Animals event. I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about. I decided that I would highlight a website that aims to spread the word about dogs that are in high-kill shelters looking for homes.
Dogs In Danger (www.dogsindanger.com) is a website that features dogs from high kill shelters in the US. These are dogs who are in very serious need of an adopter, a rescue, or sometimes a sponsor. Although I have some concerns about the site tugging on heartstrings and people adopting without thinking about it, I think the website does a very important service. It also has a page devoted to the pictures of dogs who did not make it out of the shelters and who were ultimately euthanized. While, again, I have concerns about this page causing guilt-fueled adoptions, I think it’s important for people to be able to see the faces of dogs who were euthanized. So many people don’t believe that you can find purebred dogs in shelters or small dogs in shelters or puppies in shelters. But you can find just that even in high kill shelters.
Since this past Monday (the 10th) these dog breeds have been euthanized in the shelters that use Dogs in Danger (which is only a portion of all the shelters in the country): a purebred* cocker spaniel, about 10 purebred chihuahuas, a few fox terriers (possibly rat terriers), a few purebred german shepherds, two purebred dachshunds, a few purebred beagles, a couple purebred huskies (some could have been malamutes), quite a few -ipoos or doodles (poodle mixes), and many mixed breed dogs of all ages from puppy to senior. (*these are dogs that appear to be purebred based on their photographs).
I will say that this is a website I absolutely consult when I’m looking for potential foster dog. I don’t always end up going with a dog on this list because some of the kill shelters I know don’t use the service but I think it’s a great option for people who are interested in adopting/pulling a dog that will be euthanized if not adopted.
The website is still growing and there are some states without any participating shelters, but hopefully that will change in the future. If your area doesn’t have any shelters listed but you’d like to see how the dogs show up, you can search for dogs in Ohio and you’ll find a bunch…
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