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The Myth of 'Pet Overpopulation' : page 1

The Myth Of 'Pet Overpopulation' In Australia
Authored by M. McKenzie

There is the misguided argument that eradicating puppy factories would result in the eradication of the nations shelter kill statistic.

The doctrine of 'pet overpopulation' cascades across our nation headed by many shelter Directors and followed by kill apologists and surprisingly, many animal advocates. The Australian community purchase over 600,000 dogs and cats every year. Australian shelters kill over 250,000 dogs and cats every year. There is no pet overpopulation when there are more people buying pets than there are shelters killing them.

Given that the majority of a shelters incoming is cats, and predominantly cats originating from feral, stray or community cats, arguing that the closure of puppy factories will eradicate the kill rate, is nonsensical. It actually highlights the need to consider the first program of the No Kill Equation, which is Feral, Stray and Community Cat TNR (Trap Neuter Return), rather than ignoring it. The majority of Australians purchase their dog and cat from a variety of sources, including pet shops, online/print media, backyard breeders and registered breeders. A minority of Australians are purchasing their pet from an animal shelter. If puppy factories were abolished, the majority of Australians would continue to purchase their dogs and cats from sources other than the animal shelter. No Kill shelters use the No Kill programs and services to increase their market share and divert the pet purchases from the above group, toward the shelter. The only way to eradicate Australia's kill statistic is for shelters to stop killing healthy, and treatable dogs and cats.

Out of the 250,000 guesstimated dogs and cats killed by shelters, there would be a percentage of animals that do fall under the definition of euthanasia. The live release rate benchmark at No Kill shelters, remains at ninety percent. It is only when a shelter is saving dogs and cats in the ninetieth percentile, that they are most likely not killing healthy and treatable animals. Even though the nations kill statistic is a guesstimate (due to many shelters not releasing their kill statistics) , it is fair to argue that we need to minus ten percent off the national kill statistic to accommodate a true euthanasia rate.

No Kill shelters do not kill healthy and treatable dogs and cats. No Kill shelters euthanase irredeemably sick, suffering and traumatised dogs and cats, and in the case of dogs, ones that are vicious.

The Myth of 'Pet Overpopulation' : page 2

The eradication of puppy factories is vital to cease abhorrent practises against our canine friends, but this ideal must not be used to justify the killing of healthy animals in shelters. Debra Tranter, founder of Oscars Law says, “The killing in pounds will stop when the people
that run the pounds change their attitudes towards the killing of healthy pets. Buying a puppy from a pet shop has nothing to do with killing rates.”

areas, located in both affluent and low socioeconomic areas, positioned in different political areas and their communities include puppy factories and breed specific legislation. If 'pet overpopulation' was real, you would have to overlook the save rates at RSPCA, ACT:
. save 94% of dogs . save 67% of cats . save 90% of kittens

RSPCA ACT save rates are a result of compassionate and great leadership and the implementation of 10 out of the 11 No Kill programs and services. If 'pet overpopulation' did exist, the RSPCA ACT could not reach its great save rates, when they are receiving more than double the animals admitted per 100,000 people than their high kill counterparts in South Australia and New South Wales.

Debra Tranter with her dog, Oscar

In 2009, Nathan Winograd surveyed Australian shelter and pound Directors on their attitudes towards the No Kill paradigm. Their reasoning not to embrace the life saving programs included: . there are too many animals, not enough homes . you can't adopt your way out of killing Both of which conform to the idea that 'pet overpopulation' exists.

Whether you argue that 'pet overpopulation' exists or not, it does not make the killing of healthy and treatable dogs and cats acceptable. It also highlights the contradicting principles that the RSPCA have in regards to their own questionable standards and the killing of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in their shelters, while RSPCA inspectors are investigating other persons properties for animal killing and animal cruelty.

The belief or justification of relying on the idea that 'pet overpopulation' exists in Australia, is retarding the progression in effective animal If 'pet overpopulation' was real, you would sheltering, animal management and safe have to disregard the ninety plus communities communities. in the United States who have implemented the No Kill programs and services, and are saving If you are holding on to the myth of 'pet overpopulation', you are defending the paradigm of killing and you are healthy and treatable dogs and cats. All these communities are a combination of closed and open admission shelters, public or private shelters, located in both urban and rural

betraying the animals you are paid to keep safe, or the animals you advocate to save.
600,000 statistic: http://www.acac.org.au/pdf/ACAC%20Report%200810_sm.pdf (pg 48) 250,000 statistic: http://www.deathrowpets.net/background.html

No Kill shelters do not kill healthy and treatable dogs and cats. No Kill shelters euthanase irredeemably sick, suffering and traumatised dogs and cats, and in the case of dogs, ones that are vicious.