The No-Kill Dilemma
The Yonkers, NY Animal Shelter is one of the few munipal operations that follows a no-kill policy. This means that they will never euthanize homeless pets living at their shelter. Many city shelters are overflowing with homeless pets and are forced to schedule euthanization for animals who have been at the shelter for over a certain amount of time. A stray or surrendered animal does not have an expiration date in Yonkers. This is an ideal way to run an animal shelter - just think of how many funny, fantastic, loving pets are dying simply because no one took them home.
However, the Yonkers Shelter is facing a no-kill dilema. They've had dogs there for over a year. It's not a great life: sitting in a concrete kennel, staring through the bars, going outside just twice a day a quick bathroom break, waiting deperately for someone to love them. Dogs can get depressed, develop infection, or get overly rambuncious, all of which lowers their chance at adoption. People assume because Yonkers is a no-kill shelter, that all the animals are safe. Well yes, they're safe from being killed but they're not happy. They're not at home, with a family, sharing affection and play time. There are some answers; adoption events, emails, facebook photos....but still, no one has visited the shelter in the last 15 days. Not one person has inquired about the many, many dogs that sit and wait.
Please consider visiting your local shelter. Even if you're not quite ready to adopt, go see who's there! Tag along on a walk with a dog and a shelter employee. When a dog is adopted, you change more than one life. One dog out makes room for one dog in. Give them a shot at life.