New Dog Adoption Web Site Highlights Number Of Unadopted Dogs Euthanized

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A new dog adoption website, dogsindanger.com , uses a different and more forceful approach to persuade people to adopt dogs from shelters.

The site publicizes how much time animals have left before they are euthanized if they do not find a home. There also is a counter in the corner which states how many dogs have been killed in the time that you have been on their website.

The people behind dogsindanger.com believe their website is the first to take this kind of more direct approach. They hope that focusing on the fact that many of the dogs that don’t find homes will be euthanized will influence people to adopt them.

On the website, there is also a memorial with names, photos and dates that euthanized dogs died.

“This is happening … in our country, in our back yard,” said Alex Aliksanyan of The Buddy Fund, the group behind the website. “It’s been kept underneath a blanket of niceness and sweetness. So we said, ‘Lets put the truth in front of the consumer — either do something about it, or at least realize you’re a partner.’”

He also added that dogsindanger.com is not a place that parents should look for dogs with their children.

“It’s not a happy site with puppies running around. It’s not meant to be that,” he stated. “We’re taking it the other way around. We’re saying these pets are going to die. Look at their faces.”

Source: Reuters

22 Responses to “New Dog Adoption Web Site Highlights Number Of Unadopted Dogs Euthanized”

  1. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    Stark. Not sure this is a good idea, though.

    We wonder how many woofers will wind up getting neglected and ignored in bad homes because someone noticed a timer was counting down, and made an impulse adoption.

    We’re cynics enough to notice this site also has several places where they are looking for money.

  2. CAV says:

    Do you have any idea just how difficult it is to adopt?

    My vet refuses to give ANY references for anyone because one of his techs with 15 years experience was denied a cat by a rescue because she WORKED - at a vet’s! She could even take the cat to work with her!

    So without a vet reference, we were denied again and again, even though we had gone to the same vet for 16 years. We finally bought puppies from a breeder because we passed all of the other criteria for adopting EXCEPT the vet reference.

    There is no perfect home for animals and LIFE HAPPENS. Loss of job, divorce, etc.

    If breeders would take their puppies back and find new homes for them when owners can no longer keep the animal, we wouldn’t have the number of unwanted dogs that we currently have.

    The breeder I got my puppies from will take them back for any reason and find a new home for them forever.

    /rant off

  3. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Wow, CAV, your veterinarian, by refusing to at least provide verification of regular check-ups, vaccinations, and pertinent veterinary care he’s provided to his clients’ pets, information requested only because those clients hoped to adopt another pet, commits a grievous and heartbreaking disservice - not so much to his human clients, but to the animals who might have otherwise found good homes (if not for the veterinarian’s selfish, obstructionist behavior). I’m surprised and terribly disappointed to read something like this.

    As for dogsindanger.com, I wholeheartedly believe they are helping to fill a critical and massive public information gap. There are no accurate national statistics regarding the number of animals surrendered, dumped, caught as strays by animal control, and housed - however temporarily - in shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups, then euthanized or adopted. Many state, local, and private organizations don’t/can’t keep or disseminate accurate intake/adoption/euthanization information - and there’s certainly no centralized source of data (i.e., from the HSUS, etc.) that doesn’t rely on projections and estimations.

    Dogsindanger.com’s point-of-view *is* stark…but it’s also the ugly reality. So is the reality that operating a website costs money (ask Itchmo), and spearheading a public information/animal welfare campaign, which also seeks to facilitate getting homeless animals adopted, requires even more money. That a non-profit organization solicits volunteers and financial support from its website isn’t a legitimate reason to disparage or discredit them, because 501(c)(3) groups are *supposed* to be funded by corporate and individual donations, grants, etc.

    Kudos to the nonprofit The Buddy Fund, Inc. for the ideas and efforts behind creating their website, dogsindanger.com!

  4. Act Now says:

    I have to agree with Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie, I’m not sure this is a good idea either for a number of reasons. Impulse adoption is one. Why would you want to make people feel guilty? The people that will come away from this site feeling bad are very probably the people who already have as many dogs as they can handle. You can’t “guilt” people into doing the right thing.

    As far as what CAV says about rescue groups and vet references, I have to assume this is only one rescue group, that was so ridiculous as to prevent an adoption because the person worked for a vet. I feel the vet is wrong to deny references to his other clients, who are trying to get a pet from rescue - sort of cutting off your nose to spite your face. This is detrimental, not only to his clients, such as CAV, but to the dogs in rescue needing homes. Most groups require vet references to be sure that the person is going to provide adequate care for the animal they are adopting. If you ran a rescue operation, would you want to adopt an animal to a person who has had 10 dogs in the past 10 years and now has none? Would you adopt an animal to a person who doesn’t even have a vet?

    And as far as breeders taking puppies back - any reputable breeder will take a puppy/dog back if the owner so desires - not saying they will give a refund - that depends on the reason for return and the initial contract. Yes, reputable breeders will always have a contract that spells out the obligations of both the breeder and the purchaser.

    All breeders taking puppies back would only diminish the unwanted pet population minimally and with back yard breeders and puppy mills, that will never happen. A larger percentage of breeds dogs end up in rescue, if the breeders won’t assume responsibility for them, but it’s the mixed breeds that suffer the most and are usually destroyed, because people want a particular breed - as apparently CAV did. Otherwise, I am sure there is a public animal control facility such as a dog pound where animals are euthanized daily, that he/she could have gotten puppies/dogs.
    Just go through the pages of dogs on petfinder.com to see how many mixed breeds are available. This is not a criticism of CAV, but rather of the vet, who denied her the option. I have always had Irish setters, along with several mixed breeds, and they have always come from either rescue or the pound. There are only a few rare breeds that don’t end up in dog shelters or rescue eventually - but the more popular they become the more will end up there, too.

    IMHO, the only solution to the overpopulation problem is outlawing puppy mills and spaying/neutering dogs and cats. There should be public facilities to perform this service for people who cannot otherwise afford it. In the long run, it would be far cheaper to operate a spay/neuter facility than to maintain a facility to house and then destroy animals.

  5. 2CatMom says:

    Remember the ads with the dogs at the pound? I don’t remember the product the ad was actually for, but the dogs were saying things like ‘I’m a good dog’ and “I want to go home.” I read somewhere that in places where the ads were shown, the rate of dog adoption increased dramatically.

    So as long as they screen the would-be adopters I’m all for anything that motivates a responsible person to adopt a shelter animal.

    And if my vet refused to give me a reference, I’d vote with my feet - find another vet.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This seems like animal rights shock value fund raising tactics to me. 501-c (pending) but send money now. Copycat of www.petfinder.org which is and always has been a successful searchable database of adoptable pets.

  7. mr_ed says:

    Thanks for the warning, itchmo. I’m not even going to check the site out - I have enough of both bad news and guilt in my life without looking for more.

    I know the reality. I’ve adopted four dogs from shelters and rescues and took in an abandoned cat that didn’t even make it to a shelter. I volunteer at a shelter, and I’ve fostered dogs and cats until they could be adopted.

    So I know what’s what. And the next time I go looking, it won’t be there.

    I suspect that there are other people like me who’d prefer that the ugly side of reality not be shoved in their faces when they’re trying to do something good. But it sounds like a good website for masochists.

  8. Traci says:

    “And if my vet refused to give me a reference, I’d vote with my feet - find another vet.”

    What are first-time pet owners supposed to use as reference with shelters requiring vet references?

  9. Anonymous says:

    2CatMom says:
    Remember the ads with the dogs at the pound? I don’t remember the product the ad was actually for, but the dogs were saying things like ‘I’m a good dog’ and “I want to go home.” I read somewhere that in places where the ads were shown, the rate of dog adoption increased dramatically.

    Yes I remember it well. It was Pedigree dog food and American Humane. Would like to have some facts that those ads were responsible for adoptions going up. I doubt it.

    It was about selling dog food and raising funds for animals rights from the dog show viewers and on the backs of the rescue dogs they exploited. They raised 1.1 million with those ads during the Westminster kennel club show. Each club was supposed to get $2k for their rescue program. At best that would have been 146 clubs. Barely a dent in the 1.1 million. Not one club took the grant because of the conditions attached, forced membership of the parent clubs to AHA. They fully support mandatory spay/neuter for all dogs and cats. No one knows what happened to all that money. Pedigree then offered to donate $2k to all Parent Clubs for rescue operations with “no AHA strings attached.” Mostly because there was a boycott of Pedigree. No one would display their logo at dog shows. Exhibitors were turning over armbands and writing the number on the back in protest. Pedigree has further mandated AHA not allocate any of the Pedigree funds presented to that organization be spent upon any legislation issues. Notice how those ads aren’t on TV anymore? There is a lot of investigation going on regarding this type fund raising in the name of rescued animals especially with the Katrina funds. Everyone should check out who they are donating to before they send a check. Many times it is misrepresented.

  10. MaryP says:

    Why would anyone choose to look for a negative in this story? This is about helping animals find homes, putting their faces and lives out in the open in the hope that someone, who is looking to adopt, will see them, and YES, rush in a SAVE a LIFE. The point is that these dogs don’t have much time.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Good question. Go to the site. Type in a breed and your zip code. I got “We have found no urgent dogs available for your zip code and search radius requirements” Lots of “make a donation”. Go to www.petfinder.com and dos the same. Hundreds came up.

  12. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Please don’t post *anonymously* - especially when posting critical or cynical comments or opinions.

    According to DogsInDanger.com, the site was only launched on 8/25/2007, a little more than a month ago. It also doesn’t propose to take the place of Petfinder.com, but in its own words, seeks to become a “national shelter outreach program to list shelter dogs slated for euthanasia…[with] an initial goal of reaching all kill shelters in Ohio and Georgia.”

    The site’s been up 1 month. Its current focus is on Ohio and Georgia, although I saw some dogs in an Illinois shelter on the site. When I searched 30305 (GA), I got 6 results for Georgia shelter dogs.

    For cryin’ out loud, it’s a SEEDLING of a website, trying to coordinate pet adoptions for and from the places most stray/abandoned animal euthanizations take place — animal shelters. (Many shelters aren’t represented on Petfinder, and those who are don’t often have the resources to constantly update the listings - with pictures - of animals they have for adoption. And the animals that arrive at a shelter that has no room for them? They get put to sleep and disposed of without ever having graced the shelter’s website or Petfinder.)

    If you don’t like the idea or are offended by the site, don’t visit it and, by all means, don’t donate any money to them. But why in the world would animal-loving people be so critical of a new group/site simply trying to help otherwise doomed animals?!?!

  13. G in INdiana says:

    Traci, go to a reputable vet in your town, set up a working relationship with them by telling them you want to adopt a dog, make an appointment don’t expect this for free. We did this with a couple of local vets before we found our future vet. He gave us a recommendation based on us making an effort to find the right vet.
    As for the vet tech not getting a cat, it may have been the shelter thought she was adopting the cat to be a blood donor animal. In other words, to be living at the vet office all the time donating blood to the patients. A friend of mine rescues Greater Pyr dogs and had a couple of vets in CT want to adopt a couple of her biggest dogs. She did some research and found out exactly what they were going to use the dogs for. It was NOT the reasons stated on their adoption application… Seems their previous donor dogs died and they needed some big dogs to replace them as dog plasma and blood purchased is WAY more expensive than having a donor dog on your premises.
    That was not the kind of life she wanted for her rescued dogs, and the lying on the application did not help. They’d been hitting up the other rescue places (found on Petfinders) and they had all told them to pack sand. They hit on my friend because she is a small rescue with just a few dogs. I guess they thought since she was a smaller rescue she’d be dumb enough not to be able to find out about them and their clinic.

  14. 2CatMom says:

    I think I’m missing something. If its your first pet, you wouldn’t have a vet - how could a vet possibly give you a recommendation? When I adopted my two shelter cats several years ago, I hadn’t had pets in 20+ years. So while they asked where I intended to take my animals for care, they didn’t ask for a vet recommendation. They did ask for three personal references and spoke to all three.

    And if I already had a vet and he/she refused to give me a recommendation for another pet, I would find another vet. Because either the vet doesn’t agree with how I’m taking care of the animals or he/she is failing to provide an essential service that I need.

  15. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    Pit Bull Lover. We can’t speak for all, but we all wonder if dogsindanger actually does anything to help any of these woofers.

    All they do is list dogs already in other shelters. The listing does not seem to be sorted by distance, time left, or much of anything else. The only parts of the site done with any thought are the disturbingly persistent donation requests.

    dogsindanger listing a puppy with one day left at a shelter 300 miles away is a great fund raising tool, but is of minimal help to anyone else, least of all the puppy.

  16. Brenda says:

    I was an adoption counsellor at my local shelter for nearly 4 years. A tough job to say the least. We posted a daily “counter” of animals received, adopted and euthanized to keep people aware of the daily reality of life in a shelter. Education is key, followed by action. Educate your family, friends, co-workers; don’t BUY from a petshop, a backyard breeder or a breeder who advertises (reputable breeders will already have “established clientele”). My most recent adoptees are from animal control; all purebred (Italian Greyhound and 2 Shelties) strays with collars, but no owner came forward. Mostly, volunteer at your local shelter. They need help in many ways.

  17. Lynn says:

    I’m with 2CatMom and Pit Bull Lover. Give it a chance.

    And please use a name…if only something like “Anonymous001″ or “Anonymous500″ so we can figure out which “Anonymous” is posting. Gets really frustrating for those of us who willingly put our screen names and opinions out there for all to see.

  18. trucorgi says:

    Brenda- Good suggestion but one does not necessarily need to volunteer at a local shelter to help. They always need foster homes. I would much rather see the shelter workers time and efforts being spent lining up foster care rather than posting a death toll and photos of animals they did not save. If a shelter is overcrowded and they have purebreds there, they should get on the phone or e-mail and the breed club rescue. They all have websites with a rescue contact. There really is no excuse for killing an adoptable purebred. If we know that there is a dog there of our breed, a club member like myself will come to the shelter, pick up the dog, foster it, update shots, alter it and find it a home. I have done this many times. I don’t comb the shelters looking for corgis but if someone calls or e-mails me about a dog in need I will help. We always have more applications on file than we have dogs in foster care. This frees up space and money for the shelter.
    I just returned from my national specialty. I am proud to say a dog I fostered was in the junior handling ring. She also does agility. We didn’t put a countdown on her life, exploit her for fundraising or spend our time being counter productive, just found her a great home. This is just one of many I have taken into my home, not through some “national outreach” just one dog at a time. I think people are willing to help if they are shown how small efforts can make a difference. Why show them the dark side when you could show them something positive and productive. Makes no sense, unless it is just another in your face, tug at your heartstrings fundraising effort. If everyone that writes a check would instead take in a foster, we would not have a need for this site.

  19. Christine says:

    I had been dancing around the idea of adopting a dog for a few months when an email from a rescue group was forwarded to me. The email contained a list of dogs and the date that each one of them needed a rescue by. I saw a picture of this big white hound with the cutest smile and saw that he was going to be euthanized that day. I called that second and adopted him. He has been the best dog ever and I can’t imagine my life without him. I think having the date posted that a dog will be euthanized is helpful for those like me who needed that extra push to stop thinking and start adopting!

  20. R.L.R. says:

    Anyone know the percentage of homeless dogs that have been euthanized at shelters in the U.S. for 2007??? LOL i know, BIG question.

  21. Mary L. says:

    In my ever-so-humble opinion, the bottom line message here is… WE NEED TO STOP BREEDING SO MUCH!! And that leads directly to… STOP PUPPY MILLS!! Please get involved in your community to change legislation and encourage oversight of these horrendous places. I’ve been working on this in my state and it’s amazing how many people you find who are willing to work on this. Just start talking about puppy mills to everyone you know and tell them to NOT buy puppies! They grow up into full-grown dogs in just a matter of weeks anyway. That puppy cuteness goes away so fast. It is soooo much more rewarding to adopt a dog from deathrow.
    PS: Thanks for publishing the pictures of euthanized dogs. We use them in our campaigns to encourage adoption over purchasing.

  22. Bob Franky says:

    Glad to know your fighting to help rescue dogs and animals alike

    Dogpile.com just launched a new site called http://www.DoGreatGood.com - and their donating a portion of there revenue to Petfinder and the ASPCA.

    Glad to know theres a way we can help dog adoption programs at no cost.

    Love the site - keep it up!!!


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