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.