The Heart of the Matter in the Animal Euthanizing Controversy

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Finders of lost pets fear taking the pets to shelters because of the high probability that the pets will be killed. There haven't always been well-maintained or utilized boards for posting lost/found notices. Finders fear having no way of reuniting lost pets with owners and growing too attached to the lost pet only to have to turn it in to a shelter anyway. Owners of lost pets have had trouble finding their pets because so many shelters have been open only during the time that owners are at work. Moreover, "The time limit for finding a lost pet has been very short- 72 hours from the time of capture" (Bryant). After 72 hours, the animal is put down. Even if an owner manages to get to the shelter, it has been hard to locate animals because of poor record keeping and because animals may be moved around within the system.

The idea of helping owners find their lost pets or find new homes for abandoned or lost pets has seemed futile to shelter personnel overwhelmed with so many animals. Rescue groups, still optimistic about finding homes for shelter animals, have been frustrated by lack of cooperation from shelter personnel; shelter personnel have been frustrated by rescue groups' requests for more humane treatment of animals and cooperation with adoption programs. The issue at hand initially forms the thought of whether or not euthanizing animals is too hasty of an alternative in animal shelters, but the issue runs deeper because of different individual's viewpoints.

The controversy about how to handle the human to animal relationship has already been brought up in the political mind of the world. Chapter 752, Statutes of 1998, addresses problems of lost and homeless animals that may be picked up by individuals, private shelters, rescue groups, or public...