The volunteers and animal rescuers in Texas are furious that even after the Clear the Shelter Adoption Event last weekend when 33 animals were adopted (and the shelter had many empty kennels), seven animals were killed at the Corpus Christi Animal Control since last weekend with more scheduled to die.
Daryl was also killed. He was heartworm positive. Princess, also killed, had been labeled fearful although volunteers had little difficulty handling her for photographs. Little Drake was a two-year-old rottweiler mix who was killed. He had also been labeled “normal” by shelter staff. Most of those dogs arrived at the shelter the week of July 20th and we killed on July 26th and July 27th — they were only given an average of five days to find rescue or adoption. Volunteers had almost no time to photograph them and network them.
Because of the way the shelter accounts for live release and killed animals, as with “no kill” statistics, animals who are deemed “aggressive” or “sick” do not count toward the final percentages. And shelters can (and do) label dogs with easily treatable conditions like mange and heartworm as “sick.” So a shelter could theoretically kill 50 out of 100 dogs who they labeled “aggressive” or “sick” and adopt out the other 50 and say they had a 100″ save rate! Those pesky numbers can lie!