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    There needs to be distinction made - is it x% of rehomable dogs PTS? Or is it x% of dogs PTS. There will always be a percentage of dogs that are either not rehomable due to disease, extreme abuse, aggression etc. To say they are not rehomable - well that is a bit confusing as well. Of course what is rehomable and what is not is subjective. What one person considered worthy of rehoming may not be worthy in anothers eyes. But as much as we all don't like it - there is the stark reality that pounds/shelters etc do a service by humanely destroying dogs that are wrecked beyond fixing.

    I assume the shelters etc that use DOL to help rescue dogs also have a kill rate of what they consider to be not safely rehomable. Does anyone know what that would be? Even an about figure 5%, 10%, 30%????

    I know with a RSPCA I have had dealings with - about 30% is the kill rate (for dogs) and the dogs considered rehomable are not destroyed. In fact this shelter brings in many dogs from other shelters to rehome. What are peoples comments re is that a 'common' figure. I have no idea. Are 1/3 of animals going through a pound wrecked beyond help?? Seems mighty high to me - thoughts?? One thing this RSPCA takes 100% of the shires pound dogs as well as their own surrenders etc.

    Then there are shelters that may consider a dog rehomable but there is just no homes for it. These are the sad ones. I'm sure everyone would agree.

    I know of a couple of no-kill shelters - these annoy me somewhat. They advertise they are no-kill as if they are more worthy than the others. BUT they only accept dogs from the pound that they think are worthy of rehoming. So they are actually leaving the others to do the dirty job of destroying non-worthy animals.

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    I think most dogs that are deemed to be not rehomable would fall into the aggression towards humans category. Even if they shown signs that they could be rehabilitated, the people in charge would not risk releasing them into the community.

    The other main category would be dog/animal aggressive dogs. Most of those could probably be rehabilitated with varying degrees of effort, but there are no resources for this. No money for behavioural trainers and also almost impossible to find a foster home for because most of them have other dogs/pets.

    Our RSPCA does some work with dog aggressive dogs in their shelter. But they also transfer quite a few dogs to the pound. Where they will usually either be rescued by the foster orgs or PTS. Though I was glad to see that the RSPCA has now started to work more directly with the local foster organisations and has actually started a kitten foster program.

    If there was enough money to go around and/or if more vets and behavioural trainers would donate time to this, more dogs could be rescued.

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    Many years ago I was an RSPCA Inspector in Darwin.....We used the green dream on so many dogs, only a very small % were able to be re-homed safely. there are many Rescues now and they put a lot of effort in re-homing and re-training many dogs. THis gives some dogs more opportunity to get a new home.

    I lasted only a year as an RSPCA Inspector...the most depressing job EVER. Even more depressing than working in Neonate ICU.

    I take my hat off to anyone who can do those jobs, I am too emotional and I get attached too quickly.

    I just cannot understand why people bring home a puppy and just dispose of it when it becomes an inconvenience, just too sad. We have lived in the most abhorrent places just to keep our horses and dogs close in our early years...We have had to completely renovate the most horrible house, but it allowed horses and dogs, so we fixed it and made it comfortable. Until we were able to buy where we are now. We have also lived in a caravan under a shed to keep our lot. People find it difficult to find a house with one dog, try up to four dogs and 4-6 horses........We have never not kept ours with us, even though we were set some challenges to overcome. The little caravan in the shed was pretty bad, but we all survived and are better people for it Unemployment was the pits......
    Pets are forever

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    It's not just the fact that people so easily get rid of their dogs, it's also the neglect when they have them, which more often than not results in dogs that require a lot of rehabilitation to make them suitable pets.

    When I look at the dogs in our local pound, a great deal of them are strays. Or in other words: dogs that escaped (or deliberately kicked out) and owners couldn't be asked to try get them back - presumably because they found them a nuisance and are glad to be rid of them. That makes my blood boil... I don't get how someone who does that can live with themselves, maybe not even knowing what happened to their dog.

    Really, bring in mandatory licencing for dog owners!

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    Mind you we should also take in context how some kids are looked after..........Some people just do not care about anything
    Pets are forever

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