As the moderator of the volunteer run Baldwin Park Animal Care Facebook page as well as an associate moderator of the Downey and Carson Shelters’ Facebook pages, the one insult constantly hurled at the shelter staff is that the staff is composed of people who love killing animals. It’s easy to criticize something that you either don’t understand or don’t want to understand. As yet I haven’t met a single person who enjoys the long walk to the back to the shelter with a doomed animal who is about to end up dead, stuffed in a barrel inside a freezer.
The sad fact is that in Southern California we have a significant portion of the population who do not want to spay/neuter their pets, and a government which is too apathetic to enact mandatory spay/neuter legislation. Because of this we have an exponential population explosion and there are just not enough homes – the supply constantly exceeds the demand. Consequently pets die anonymous deaths in the back of the shelter.
It is shattering to all of us – volunteers and staff alike – to see. We wish people would spay/neuter their pets and provide love and care for them throughout their lives. Part of being a responsible pet owner is microchipping your pet and keeping the microchip registration information current at all times, and making sure your pet is up to date on all his/her vaccinations. Moving is not a good excuse to jettison your pet. Having a new baby is not a good reason to dump your pet. Having your pet get “too old” is definitely not a good reason to abandon your pet.