Its that bad--worse even. That article was written in August. Foreclosures and layoffs have become a tidal wave since then. I sit on the boards of a number of nonprofs, and I am heartsick at what I am seeing. I have had people call me in tears, begging for help, and I have no suggestions, because I know the rescue I would send them to is already full.
And when you have no job--the choice whether to feed your children or the dog become obvious. Many people love their animals (I consider my dogs furry children), and they are distraught at having to give them up, but they have no other solution.
And our nonprofs donations and membership are noticably dropping off--for very obvious reasons. Horses are especially hard to place obviously due to their size and zoning/space requirements.
Many shelters have shortened the length of time they will keep animals before euthanizing (some have gone to only one or two days), and euthanasia clinics have started for large animals--an example is the story below:
Horse Rescue Offers Low-Cost Euthanasia Clinic
by: Pat Raia-The Horse
October 15 2008 Article # 12903
NorCal Equine Rescue in Oroville, Calif., will offer a low-cost euthanasia clinic on Dec. 17 for owners who, due to economic or other reasons, are unable to care for their horses. Owners will be charged $25 for the euthanasia service, which will be performed by veterinarians.
Clinic participation requires owners to sign a release allowing the rescue to retain and place potentially adoptable horses. Horses that prove to be unsuitable for adoption will be humanely euthanized through the rescue's Final Act of Kindness program.
"The clinic is designed to provide financially strapped owners with an alternative to bringing their horses to auction where they may not sell, or may sell a very low price," said NorCal Co-Founder and Vice President Tawnee Preisner.
The group plans to host similar events several times per year.
For details, call 530/534-7742 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor's Note: NorCal has arranged for carcass disposal through area renderers, the cost of which is covered in the $25 fee.
The BLM also had recently considered destroying thousands of wild horses due to budget cuts and management issues.
I never in my life would have thought that I would see "Euthansia clinics".