Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former steroid using muscle-head, running the countries' most populated and wealthy state in the world, has declared war on animal shelters. Arnold believes killing turtles, snakes, and rodents immediately, along with shortening the amount of time stray animals can stay in impounds, will save California $14 million annually. I believe there are more prudent ways to save the $14 million each year...
Having worked for the Boulder Humane Society for two years, I feel obligated to contest Arnold's ridiculous plan to lessen stray animals time spent in the impounds from six days to three. Granted, most *good* dog owners will be at the shelter on day one if their animal is missing, however I know after working at the shelter for two years, some circumstances arise. The Boulder Humane Society's euthanasia policy is: 'zero euthanasia for adoptable animals.' Essentially, this means we will not put down any animal if he/she is healthy and friendly. There is a thorough health and temperament evaluation for each and every incoming animal, both owner surrender and strays. For example, we'll get a dog who is obviously 10 years of age or older, and we'll do blood work on this animal. If his/her blood work comes back healthy, he/she will stay in the adoption area INDEFINITELY, regardless of his/her age. However, if the bloodwork comes back and there is something wrong, we'll put this animal down. Why? Well, because it's not fair of the shelter to adopt out an older animal that may die in 6 months, a year, or whatever. It's not fair to the person adopting the animal. They will become attached to the animal, then 6 months later they're having all kinds of health problems with the animal. The only other time we'll euthanize an animal would be if they're VERY aggressive. For instance, a feral cat after 9 months old is next to impossible to socialize, or a dog who has been left on a chain his or her entire life may be petrified of humans. By and large, the Boulder Humane Society will do everything in their power to help socialize and avoid euthanizing animals except in worst case scenarios.
What if we take people off life support after three days, Arnold? Will that help save money, Arnold? I'm quite certain there other services you can cut down on. How about raising taxes on cigarettes? Alcohol? Oh, I got it... How about gas? Let's tax the SUV's up the kazoo. If they can afford a Hummer, they can afford a tax increase on petrol. Or maybe Arnold would be willing to give up one his movie's salary to cover the $14 million each year and save many homeless animals' lives.
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