Showing posts with label Dog Abuse. Show all posts
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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Did You Know that Some Shelters in Canada ‘Euthanize’ Dogs and Cats in a Gas Chamber? Ban the Use of Gas Chambers in Canada!


On Saturday June 1st 2013 there was a peaceful protest held  across the street from the SPCA Outaouais located at 132 rue De Varennes, Gatineau Quebec. It was my hope that this protest event would help bring light to the fact that Gas Chambers are still legal and used in some Canadian shelters on a regular basis to remove dogs and cats from the world of the living...
  • Would help to bring the issue to the attention of the community at large;
    • Like other communities where gas chambers are used - the majority of the residents of this area have no idea that gas chambers to kill animals exist, let alone that there is one in this area being used on a regular basis;
    • The problem of gas chamber use is not just a problem for the shelters like the SPCA Outaouais that use a Gas Chamber - it is, in my opinion a problem that involves the entire community and, therefore the entire community must be part of the solution;
      • It is a problem that must be brought to light;
      • It is a problem that must be dealt with;
      • It is a problem in which people must engage themselves;
      • However engagement in the issue and its resolution must be a partnership between members of the community and the shelter = for in the lack of co-operation between those involved the issue may only become more exacerbated rather than solved...
I do not think it possible for the Outaouis SPCA to shut-down their gas chamber today, tomorrow, next week...
  • I am a very committed animal advocate but I do believe that making a difference in this world often requires patience, compassion and understanding of all that may be involved to action real and permanent change; 
  • I believe that it is very important to lead by example of what it is that one desires to achieve...
    • I believe that in order to move the agenda forward to cessation of the gas chamber located at the SPCA Outaouais requires compassion for all involved and working within the system currently in-place in order to effect change.
    • I hope the future, the members of that protest group will come to the conclusion that in order to effect change in a way that will best protect the well being and best interests of cats and dogs in the community now and in the future - that they (the protest group) will seek to work with the Outaouais SPCA rather than in conflict with them - which is unfortunately what I see currently developing;
    • For the reason I have left the protest group - but this article is my plea to the community at large to:
      • Step-up and assist the Outaouais SPCA in developing a viable plan to shut down the gas chamber;
      • To strengthen the laws in Quebec and in Canada to better protect our companion animals, and;
      • To make illegal the use of gas chambers in Canada...
A Complicated Issue - Who Should Take Responsibility for Ending the Use Of Gas Chambers?

The short answer is that every one should take responsibility for what is happening in the community.

#1 - We should not be euthanizing (killing) dogs and cats and that is the root of the issue.

#2 - Puppy Mills should be banned outright, outlawed and made illegal.

#3 - Animal Welfare laws in Quebec and in the balance of Canada must be strengthened.

#4 - Gas Chambers should be made illegal in all of Canada.

While the use of gas chambers is still legal in Quebec most shelter facilities do not use such methods to euthanize the animals in their care.  

Responsibility to Speak Out Against The Use of Gas Chambers Belongs to Everyone, Including...
  • The shelters who are currently using gas chambers - for if they do not inform the public the community cannot help partner with the shelter to create an environment where the gas chamber can be shut-down;
  • Upon being informed of the gas chamber the individuals that make up the immediate community should get involved in a plan to support the shelter in ending the use of the gas chamber;
  • The support of local, private veterinary clinics;
  • Professional and regulatory bodies such as the various Veterinary Associations should step-up to the plate and unequivocally reject the use of gas chambers as a method to euthanize animals;
  • Municipal, provincial and the federal government should make it illegal to sue gas chambers to kill animals in Gas Chambers...
  • All of the above make up the 'Community' that must participate to effect change in how our companion animals are cared for in the shelter setting.  
When we do not speak out - we are all implicated in the brutality that occurs as an end result of our silence. 

Quebec is undeniably the province with the highest number of abandoned cats and dogs. The average time a family in Quebec keeps a dog is about 19 months. All shelters and rescues in Quebec and the bordering provinces know that summer time is particularly bad, as residents of Quebec go on holiday, and on the most popular weekend to move in the summer -  the rate of dog and cat abandonment escalates. 
The SPCA Outaouais is a perfect example of a shelter that desperately needs the support of the 'Community'.

To fund the facility and its operations (including maintenance of the gas chamber and supply of gas for its deathly use) the SPCA Outaouais relies heavily on donations from the community. Yet the community for the most part is unaware that the SPAC runs a gas chamber. The volume of animal intake at the shelter is very high and the number of animals adopted out has great room for improvement, subsequently the rate of euthanasia is high. Annual intake sits between 9200 to 8500 animals per year of which about one third are euthanized.
This is a shelter that needs the help of the 'Community' in order to make the future more humane for those animals that come in to the shelter. They also need the community to be more responsible so that the shelter is not inundated due to lack of responsibility by pet owners.


Euthanasia, by definition, is the act of inducing a painless death (from ancient Greek eu-thanos, meaning good death).

Meriam-Webster Dictionary - the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.

Gas Chamber


The Gas Chamber was first developed in 1921 by the lawmakers in the State of Nevada. The Gas Chamber was later embraced for use by the Nazi’s as their primary means of mass murder. The use of the Gas Chamber for killing humans and animals has since been made illegal in many places around the world, including in its place of origin. When employed to kill humans, death in a gas chamber can be extremely slow and painful, as demonstrated in several high-profile executions from the 1980s and 1990s. One of the more infamous was that of Jimmy Lee Gray in 1983. Mr Gray frantically gasped, moaned, and slammed his head into a steel pipe for ten minutes as the cyanide slowly took effect. In 1996, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that execution by poison gas constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The fact is – death by gas chamber is no less cruel for a non-human animal.


Twenty-two (22) States in the U.S.A have made it illegal to use a gas chamber to kill dogs and cats with the latest being the State of Texas. This past week of May 20th, 2013, Governor Rick Perry enacted a law to prohibit the cruel practice of ‘euthanizing’ animals in a Gas Chamber. Texas State Senators voted unanimously to ban animal shelter Gas Chambers.  Now, Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia is proposing a bill to have gas chambers banned in all 50 States. Sadly, when it comes to animal rights, Canada may not be quite as civilized a place as you might have thought. And that is where protests like the one to be held this Saturday are so important.

Gas Chamber Use - Why We Must NOT Remain Silent on This Issue…

Martin Luther King Jr.

Gas chamber euthanasia is IMO undeniably cruel...

During the gassing process carbon monoxide is pumped into the gas chamber. The carbon monoxide slowly suffocates the animals to death.  Dogs and cats that are gassed in the chamber suffer indeterminate minutes before dying. The time spent suffering varies:
  • For some it may take 10 or 15 minutes;
  • For others the time of suffering can last a long time – 30 minutes, and hour;
  • Some animals do not die during the first gassing and must endure a second round of gassing.
  • In Alabama, on October 3rd 2011 Daniel the beagle made headlines in the dog advocacy world. Daniel was ‘put’ into a gas chamber along with 17 other shelter dogs, all the other dogs died except for Daniel.
    • Daniel’s case is pretty unique – because he was not tossed back into the chamber for a second round of gassing.
    • You can read more about Daniel here on Daniel the Dog’s Blog Site.
  • There are very few happy stories when it comes to animals and gas chambers.
  • You can read eye-witness accounts here.

It is well past time that Canadian’s stand-up, take notice and tell those having jurisdiction that enough is enough!

Some shelters gas one dog at a time rather than multiple dogs - however this does not make the use of the gas chamber a peaceful way to die. 

Some shelters put multiple animals into the chamber to be gassed together. The stress and panic causes them to fight. The fights result in physical injury – one more brutality in the face of all that they (the dogs and cats ‘put’ into the gas chamber) must suffer from the gassing The struggle to breath as they are slowly suffocated by the carbon monoxide;
  • The pain of organs slowly shutting down;
  • Disorientation as their brain struggles to function as it is slowly starved of oxygen;
  • And the panic of the other dogs or cats in the chamber – distress feeds distress just as it does in humans.
In my opinion, it is a truly horrible way to die.

Many shelters - when gassing just one dog at a time ‘tether’ the dog in the gas chamber so that the dog will not thrash about too much and leave a bloody mess. After all the real reason behind gassing animals (rather than using EBI) is convenience…so you can be sure that last thing the shelter staff wants to be is inconvenienced by having to clean up a bloody mess.  

Many shelters stop feeding the dog two days prior to gassing. This is not done for the dogs well being, it is instead done to stop the dog from vomiting once it is in the gas chamber and the gas is turned on. Not for the sake of the dog's well being but instead so that there is less of a mess for the shelter worker to clean-up afterwards.

Many shelters take the dog or cat right from the gas chamber to the incinerator or freezer without checking for vital signs, or without checking accurately for vital signs - the end result, the animal that has already suffered in the gas chamber is then burned alive, or frozen while still alive, or stuffed into a plastic bag while still alive.

Dogs and cats that end up in shelters are there because a human has let them down - sometimes intentionally and many times unintentionally. Sometimes the dogs human passes away and no family member is willing to take the once beloved dog or cat. Should that animal then die a painful death? 

Regardless of the reason why a dog or cats ends up in a high-kill gas chamber using shelter - the outcome is injury upon injury to that animal - that they should be made to suffer an agonizing death is unacceptable to me and I would hope it would be unacceptable to you as well. 

As a cross-poster (facebook and twitter) of dogs in high-kill shelters, as a human that lives her daily life with ten dogs – eight of whom are rescues, I know from very personal experience that dogs deserve better from human beings. About 50% of the dogs that I work with (my client’s dogs) are rescues from shelters and rescue groups.  There are so many amazing dogs that end-up in high-kill shelters including those that use gas chambers.

Some of my clients have adopted a dog(s) from the SPCA Outaouais - it is important to keep in mind that just because a shelter uses a gas chamber does not mean that they do not contribute good to the community, but it does mean that there is room for improvement within that shelter and most certainly within the community that the shelter resides in.

The American Humane Society Speaks Out on the Use of Gas Chambers for Euthanasia…

“EBI is the most humane method of euthanizing shelter animals.  IF successful, the gas chamber can take up to 25 to 30 minutes to end an animal’s life, whereas EBI causes loss of consciousness within 3 to 5 seconds and clinical death within 2 to 5 minutes.  EBI causes animals to lose consciousness and brain function before their vital organs shut down.   In a chamber, however, animals lose consciousness and brain function only after their vital organs shut down, causing prolonged suffering and distress.  EBI is the method preferred by the National Animal Control Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, and The Humane Society of the United States.  Old, neonatal, and injured animals are often biologically unable to absorb the gas as readily as larger or healthier animals, which prolongs trauma and stress. “

And From the Human Society of the United States (HSUS) on the use of Gas Chambers…
“The HSUS considers use of the gas chamber in a shelter setting to be unacceptable under any circumstances. “Euthanasia of dogs and cats in shelters is a tragedy that must come to an end through spaying and neutering of pets, increased adoption of pets from shelters and other approaches, but when an animal must be euthanized, it’s critical that it be done in the most compassionate way possible. Direct injection of approved euthanasia drugs, by which the animal quickly loses consciousness without experiencing pain or distress, is the most humane method currently available,” said Inga Fricke, director of sheltering and pet care issues for The HSUS. “Lesser alternatives like carbon monoxide gas chambers should never be used in shelter settings.”

The reasons the HSUS considers gas chambers inappropriate in shelter settings include…

  • Gas chambers cannot provide humane euthanasia for shelter populations: 
  • The animals euthanized in shelters are often old, young, ill or injured; none of these animals can be humanely euthanized in a gas chamber. 
  • Even healthy adult dogs and cats will suffer stress just by being placed in a gas chamber, making their death inhumane.
  • Gas chambers pose grave dangers to staff: 
  • Gas chambers pose great physical and psychological harm to staff. 
  • Staff must handle, transport and place animals into the chamber, putting them at risk of bites and scratches. 
  • Animal care workers have also been injured and killed by carbon monoxide, a colorless, odourless and tasteless toxic gas.
  • Euthanasia by injection is less expensive: 
  • Studies have proven that it is more expensive to operate a gas chamber than it is to purchase and use euthanasia drugs. “

Am I Promoting a Campaign of Hate Against Shelters That Choose to Use Gas Chambers?

No. And in regards to the SPCA Outaouais - no I am not.

Nor am I saying that the SPCA Outaouais does zero good in the community.

I met with Francine Dubois (the shelter Director) as well as one of her staff and some of the volunteers...

I believe that Francine and her staff do care very much for the animals in their care but due to a confluence of circumstances they currently find themselves in a place and time where the use of the gas chamber is the norm in the shelter as is EBI (euthanasia by injection).

With additional and much needed support from the 'Community' the SPCA Outaouais could conceivably cease the use of the gas chamber. Without the support of the 'Community' this goal may still be possible but the time to implement would be much expanded, leaving many dog and cats to die via the gas chamber in the interim.

Economics of The Situation – Is Lack of Funding a Valid Excuse to Choose Using a Gas Chamber?
One of the participants in the protest discussion brought this very excellent example to light…
Sampson County Shelter's Journey to Change...
Sampson County in North Caroline made the choice to dismantle their gas chamber May15th, 2013. This shelter is much poorer than the SPCA Outaouais, yet Sampson County had the integrity, ethics and morals to move forward with shutting down their Gas Chamber. You can read the story here. In addition it is important to note that although Sampson County is a small and poorly funded shelter they work very hard to keep their rate of adoptions high and euthanasia low – currently their rate of euthanasia sits at 30%, with the rate of adoptions steadily on the rise.  A small shelter moving in the right direction, having left excuses for making the wrong choice far behind – it is a great story; you can read about it here
Is it Possible for the SPCA Outaouais to do the Same as the Sampson County Shelter?
Yes - but they need the community to support the effort...

Outaouais stated in their interview with the protest organizers that they (the SPCA Outaouais) are currently operating on an annual budget of $2.6 million.  The Sampson County shelter’s budget was and is considerably less than that of the SPCA Outaouais, but in order to shut the Gas Chamber down the County did get grants from the government. The SPCA Outaouais may not be able to access the volume of grants that Sampson County received. Should that indeed be the case, the support of the local community increases in importance.
“SPCA Outaouais stated 1.6 million goes to salaries for the 50 employees and another big chunk goes for medicine. Royal Canine donates their food (from what I am told) to SPCA Gatineau so there is 1 million left over and a 2009 study by the American Humane Association studies the costs between the use of gas and EBI by sodium pentobarbital, and found the cost to euthanize an animal with CO gas is $4.98 an animal if using sedation. If no sedation it is $4.66 per animal. The cost for EBI was $2.29 an animal. 

While these numbers support the fact that the gas chamber is not more economical (than EBI) there are a few more factors that need resolution in order to allow the SPCA Outaouais to move forward with elimination of the gas chamber...
  • At least one more full time veterinarian would need to be hired and retained;
  • Retention can be a problem if the salary offered is not somewhat equitable to that paid by a private veterinary office;
  • If the number of adoptions is not raised than it can be difficult to find a veterinarian who is willing to spend the majority of their time euthanizing animals as opposed to helping animals (i.e. doing spay/neuter, treating illness etc.);
  • The community needs to step-up and help increase the number of permanent adoptions and decrease the number of animals being abandoned and dropped-off at the shelter...if you get a pet, commit to keeping it!
    • The local veterinarian community should play a role in helping support the SPCA in increasing the adoption rates at the SPCA;
  • Spay and neuter you pet, and;
  • Speak out about back-yard breeders and puppy mills, and do not purchase dogs or cats from them;
  • Adopt from the shelter instead;
  • And donate to the shelter;
  • In addition, the province of Quebec must change the law which dictates that only a certified Veterinarian may perform an EBI;
    • The law should be expanded to allow certified veterinary technicians to perform EBI's.  
In my opinion, In return the SPCA should...
  • Speak openly to the community about the use of the Gas Chamber and the SPCA's desire to abolish the use of the gas chamber complete with a:
    • Plan to shut down the gas chamber that incorporates tasks, budget, deliverables and timelines outlined;
    • Clear statment of what the SPCA would need from the community to assist  in accomplishing the plan; 
    • Provision of a breakdown within that plan that provides clear information/direction regarding:
      • What and how much monetary and other support the SPCA would requrie from individuals in the community;
      • What type of support the SPCA would require from the community to push change at a municipal and provincial level;
      • Host petitions for those in the community, and groups to sign to trigger required changes in the laws that regulate the rights, care and ownership of animals, and;
      • Otherwise support the SPCA in pushing for the change plan/initiative.

So Why Do Shelters Still Insist on Using a Gas Chamber to Kill Dogs and Cats?
  • Because not enough people speak out to stop the use of gas chambers;
  • Becase it is not just enough to speak out; 
  • You must follow-through, help and collaborate in the process of attaining a culture where gas chamber use is:
    • not required, and; 
    • not acceptable. 
If you are not part of the solution YOU are part of the problem.

Should Gas Chambers be used to kill shelter dogs and cats? 

My answer is No, Not Ever...

What will your answer be and what will you do to contribute to the cessation of gas chamber use?

Canada – Stop the Silence...
  • Speak out, speak to and work with shelter authorities having jurisdiction...
  • Tell your municipal, provincial and federal representatives that the use of gas chambers to kill shelter animals IS NOT acceptable;
  • Sign petitions;
  • Promote spay, neuter;
  • Don't buy puppies from backyard breeders and puppy mills;
  • If you bring an animal into your life make that relationship a life-long commitment,and; 
  • If something gets in the way of that commitment find a good home for your pet - don't just drop it off at a shelter and make your pet someone else's responsibility.

I find it absolutely shameful that a so called civilized society (North America - with exceptions to those areas that have banned gas chamber use) turns their collective head and allows the continued use of gas chambers.

And in my opinion - shame on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the  Canadian Medical Veterinary Association (CMVA), for not taking action to outright condemn the use of Gas Chambers on companion (i.e. dogs and cats) and other animals (domestic and non-domestic).

Until the AVMA takes a committed ban on the use of gas chambers it is highly unlikely that the CMVA will take action to condemn the use of gas chambers.

Shelter dogs and cats need people to LOOK, need people to KNOW, need people to SPEAK OUT, need people to SHARE, TWEET and STOP this travesty.

This is my Pack of ten dogs, eight of whom are rescues...they are lucky, so many wonderful dogs are not so lucky - so please SPEAK OUT for those who cannot!

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Friday, 8 March 2013

A Guide to Dog ‘Shelters’ and Dog Rescue Groups In Ottawa, the Ottawa Area, Ottawa Valley, Gatineau , Ontario and Canada

I am providing this guide/listing for the following reasons...

One - So people in the region have access to a comprehensive, categorized list of services.

Not all ‘shelters’ are the same – in the absence of knowledge you may end-up dropping YOUR dog off at a kill or high-kill shelter.

Two - To ensure that people that TRULY have no choice but to surrender their dog have access to a simple list providing them with multiple contact options.  

Three - to Educate People 
  • Just because you call a rescue does not mean that they can take your dog…
    • Most rescues are run by volunteers who foster dogs out of their personal residence.
      • If  all the fosters are currently looking after a dog, that rescue cannot take your dog until a foster becomes available;
    • Second most rescues will not take a dog that has bitten a human, but there are  a few rescues who will;
    • Third, if you take a dog who has bitten (full out bite - breaking of the skin as opposed to nip) a human and drop it off at most municipally/provincially funded shelters (Humane Society, SPCA, etc) your dog will not be put up for adoption – it will instead be killed – unless you have managed to make your way to one of the very few no-kill HS or SPCA shelters (see list below).
    • If you surrender a dog to a municipally/provincially funded shelter in Ontario or Quebec YOUR dog can end up being used as a research animal (‘scientific’ invasive, lethal testing) in which case the dog will die after being USED as a researchanimal
      • This practice of using shelter dogs is called Pound Seizure – it is not only legal in Ontario it is also the law. Pound seizure is also legal and practiced in Quebec.  
      • Your dog can also end-up in a kill shelter that uses Gas Chambers and/or;
      •  Heart Sticking to 'euthanize ' your dog .Intracardial injections, commonly referred to as "heartsticks," are considered inhumane and cruel when performed on animals that aren't anesthetized or comatose. I personally consider the practice cruel and inhumane regardless of whether the animal is anesthetized, comtose or not! Using the "heartstick" method is painful as the needle containing sodium phenobarbital (a schedule II controlled substance used to euthanize animals) passes through the chest wall and several layers of muscle before puncturing the heart. If the euthanasia substance isn't carefully and accurately administered, an animal's lungs could be punctured, causing them to fill with fluid. Which is an even more cruel and painful way to die.Often the sticking does not enter in the right place, so the technician will just keep sticking the dog, creating one wound after another until they get the 'right' location...while the dog continues to suffer. Often the dogs are not anesthetised at all, or not sufficiently

Four - For those dear people who love their dog selflessly – just as a dog loves…
  • People who find themselves in a circumstance beyond their control – although they truly (and I mean truly) love their dogs but have themselves, become ill, have cancer, are dying and as such cannot keep their beloved dog, and do not have a family member of friend who will take the dog – regardless of the temperament of the dog;
    • And in finding themselves in this terrible position will not just list their dog on Kijjij, Used Ottawa, Craig’s List etc. either for profit (money) or for free.
      • While some of the dogs listed on these type of sites (i.e. Kijjij do make it to very loving homes...
      • Many of the dogs listed on these sites end up absued; used in (illegal) dog fighting rings – either as fight dogs or bait dogs. Yes there are illegal dog fighting rings in Ontario and the Ottawa Region as well as elsewhere in Canada.  The dogs who are used in fighting rings suffer much pain , abuse and then death.
Five - for those people who say they love their dog BUT…want to 'surrender', 'give' or dump their dog on me!  

‘Shelters’ and Rescue Groups - a Comprehensive List

First, it is of the utmost importance to understand that if your dog has a history of biting people – it does not mean your dog is bad, but it does mean your dog is misunderstood and has lacked the opportunity to have proper leadership in its life. Dogs are not by nature indiscriminately aggressive – people inadvertently create aggression in dogs. And yes, some people intentionally create aggression.
Most SPCA, ‘Humane’ Society ‘shelters’ in this area ARE KILL shelters – they will not put your dog-up for adoption, YOUR dog WILL be killed; Most Rescue Organizations in this area will not take a dog that has a history of biting people, a history of killing other dogs, cats etc. However there ARE a few rescue organizations in this area which WILL take such dogs, as noted further below…

Rescue Groups Who Will Take Dogs

That Have NOT Bitten People, or killed other dogs, cats etc.


Arbed Rescue - Quebec

BARK - Bytown Association For Rescued Kanines – Ottawa Ontario

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services – Oxford Station Ontario

Blue Moon Catahoula and Big Dog Rescue – Finch Ontario

Catahoula Rescue (Ontario) – various fosters on location in Ontario

Friendly Giants Dog Rescue – Ottawa, Ontario

Friends of Abandoned Pets (FOAP) – Ottawa

Genesis Dog Rescue – Ottawa, Ontario

Good Dog Rescue – Manotick, Ontario

Hopeful Hearts - Dog Rescue  - Ottawa, Ontario

K-911 Rescue – Manotick, Ontario

Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) - Smith Falls, Ontario

Loyal  Rescue Inc. – Ottawa, Ontario (email:

NARC - Navan Animal Rescue Corp – Navan, Ontario

The Canine Rescue Team of Ottawa – Ottawa, Ontario

Trinity of Hope Dog Rescue - Manotick, Ontario

Additional Rescues in Ottawa, Ontario and Across Canada

No-Kill Rescue Groups and Humane Society Shelters  


That MAY or WILL Take Dogs That HAVE Bitten People,
and may or will also take dogs who have killed other dogs, cats etc.

Loyal  Rescue Inc. – Ottawa, Ontario (email:

Good Dog Rescue – Manotick, Ontario

NARC - Navan Animal Rescue Corp – Navan, Ontario

Arnprior and District Humane Society – Arnprior, Ontario

Gananoque & District Humane Society - Gananoque, ON

SPCA de l'ouest Quebec (SPCA of Western Quebec) - 659 Auguste-Mondoux Gatineau (alymer-Sector, Quebec

High-Kill Humane Society and SPCA Shelters

Understand that if you bring your aggressive-reactive dog to these facilities Your dog will not be put up for adoption - your dog is at a very high risk of being KILLED If your dog has a history of biting People YOUR dog WILL be killed! YOUR dog will be killed at the 'shelter' via gas chamber, lethal injection or heartsticking as detailed below.

Ottawa Humane Society – Ottawa, Ontario
If you surrender your dog who bites or is aggro-reactive in any way to people and in many cases to other animals, your dog has a 99.9% chance of being sentenced to death and subsequently killed (‘euthanized’) in this ‘shelter’. Death is by lethal injection given 'humanely' - usually via an injection on one of the dog's front legs..

If your dog strays and ends up at this SPCA or if you surrender your dog to this SPCA and it is not adopted in 72 hours regardless of the dog’s behavioural tendencies (beautifully behaved, well trained dogs included!) your dog will be killed either by lethal injection, gas chamber (takes 20 to 60 minutes to die, sometimes requires second gassing – another 20 to 60 minutes, cruel, traumatic, painful, frightening, slow torturous way to die) or may use heart sticking (painful, traumatic, cruel).

SPCA Outaouais – Gatineau, 132 rue De Varennes, Gatineau Quebec
If your dog ends up here, or you surrender your dog here you should understand that this shelter get a very, very high volume of dogs in, and while they do their best to have dogs adopted out the rate of adoption at the facility currently sits at about 30% of intake, the rate of euthanasia is very, very high. The facility also includes a  gas chamber which is used to euthanize about 30% of the dogs that are put-to-death, while the other 60% are euthanized by lethal injection. Death by gas chamber is a terrible way to die.

If Your Are Not Familiar With The Use Of Gas Chambers to Kill Dogs (and cats)

You can and SHOULD take a quick read here….

Want to Do Something to Stop The Use of Gas Chambers on Dogs and Cats in Canada?

In case you are wondering... 

YES, I am an active and dedicated dog and animal advocate (you can go to my Twitter, Facebook Account, and/or read more on this blog site to understand how dedicated I am). I donate a lot of my time to making up for humans that treat dogs (and other animals) as disposable items. I live it, work it, breath it. Perhaps you see your dog as just a ‘dog’ but I know that a dog is so much more. Dogs have much to teach people about being better beings.
Working with, helping and protecting dogs is not just my job, it is my passion. Why? Because 'I don't have a life' No. Becasue...
  • I do all that I can to be a truly responsible being;
  • I have a strong sense of ethics and morals and the conviction to keep those senses;
  • I can can see all of the expressions on a dogs face that you can see on a humans face. Dogs do smile.  
  • I know that dogs have all of the emotions that humans have – with the exception of cruelty…an emotion that belongs to humans and some primates. 
  • For the same reason that my methods when working with dogs are more effective than those people that use only treats or force-dominance to work with a dog...
  • My attitude IS NOT - me human, you dog and therefore you must listen to me.
    I acknowledge that humans are NOT the most intelligent species on earth.
    I acknowledge that humans are the most destructive and arrogant species on earth. 
  • I understand the a human cannot own another being or it's life, a human can however be that other beings guardian;
  • I know that I do not know everything;I understand that non-human animals such as a dog have so much that they can and always do try to teach humans about being better is just that most humans do not know how to listen...I do listen, and that is why I am a Dog Whisperer and not a 'trainer'.
  • The relationship between man and dog should be mutually beneficial, not singularly beneficial (to the human only);
  • Dogs are not disposable items to be used however the human sees fit and then discarded in the manner most convenient to the human.



Why do I think this?

Because I have seen, felt, sensed, experienced that dogs are capable of and do deployimmense intelligence - intelligence that can match and better the capability of many a human.

Because I see the facial expressions of dogs...smiling, happy, depressed, fearful.
Because I have seen and experienced my dogs when they are dreaming and when they are having nightmares…just a gentle word from me - their human mom - and the nightmare stops.

Because I have seen and experienced that they could, can and do teach me things about myself and about others that no human ever took the time to teach me.

Because I have seen and experienced that they do grieve, they do care, they do each have their own unique personalities. They do know right from wrong, they are not cruel, they are always ready to do better, they do not hold grudges.

Because I have seen and experienced that they help others without the motivation of monetary reward or any other reward other than wanting to please and just be themselves.

BECAUSE I ASSIGN AS MUCH WORTH TO A DOG AS I DO TO A HUMAN...and sometimes more...depends on the human!
Because when a human takes a dog’s life away through neglect, abuse - cruelty, it is no different to me than taking a human’s life away.

All dogs have so much that they are willing to share with humanity. 

If we are willing to open our minds to see, we can learn so much from them about ourselves. They can help us be more aware of our own behaviour and give us a second chance to grow into better, wiser and happier individuals. When you help a dog it is not just the dog that gets a second lease on life and a new is also the human.

For all these reasons it is wrong to gas dogs to death. Why do some people think there is nothing wrong with this practice? They could not be more wrong. It is illegal to do this to humans and so it should be for dogs as well. Dogs feel as much pain, confusion, stress and terror as we do. Anyone who thinks differently is just deluding themselves so they do not have to take responsibility for the great injustice that they do.

When a dog ends up in a shelter it is because humanity has let the dog down.

Dogs don't get to choose who they live with and what is done to them. Their welfare and their lives are at the mercy of human beings - will they end up with someone who truly respects and loves them or with someone who uses and abuses them - then discards their life as if it is trash. This means that we need be very serious about protecting them.

A shelter should not kill dogs, they should give provide a temporary place of safety, until a dog can be adopted. Dogs are mans best friend - to treat them as you are doing is a terrible betrayal of trust and abuse of a precious gift to mankind.

What a dog wants most is to have the opportunity to live the life it deserves to live - to be loved and to give love like only a dog can. Not only are you not doing everything you can to see that the dog is not let down again by humanity, you are also killing them. You worst of all, the final betrayal - you are killing them in a truly cruel manner.

Shame on you. In doing this you exemplify the worst of the human species - lack of empathy and cruelty.

Please learn from past errors and stop this practice. No more gassing dog to death.

And if you don't like my 'attitude' or views - well too bad.

My interpretation of the following letter is... Can You Face the Truth of What You Do Human?

Shelter Managers Letter - Kill Shelters

As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all - a view from the inside, if you will.

Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know - that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore.

How would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at - purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

No shortage of excuses

The most common excuses I hear are:

  • We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat).
  • Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets?
  • The dog got bigger than we thought it would.
  • How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?
  • We don't have time for her.
  • Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!
  • She's tearing up our yard.
  • How about bringing her inside, making her a part of your family?
  • They always tell me:
  • We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her. We know she'll get adopted - she's a good dog. Odds are your pet won't get adopted, and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? 

Well, let me tell you. Dead pet walking!

Your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off, sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy.

If it sniffles, it dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small run / kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it.

If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers that day to take him / her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose.

If your dog is big, black or any of the "bully" breeds (pit bull, rottweiler, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted.

If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.

If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed, it may get a stay of execution, though not for long. Most pets get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment.

If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles, chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

The grim reaper

Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down".

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk - happy, wagging their tails. That is, until they get to "The Room".

Every one of them freaks out and puts on the breaks when we get to the door. It must smell like death, or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there. It's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs (depending on their size and how freaked out they are). A euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk it's leg. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood, and been deafened by the yelps and screams.

They all don't just "go to sleep" - sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.

When it all ends, your pet's corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back, with all of the other animals that were killed, waiting to be picked up like garbage.

What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know, and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal, and you can always buy another one, right?

Liberty, freedom and justice for all

I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head. I do everyday on the way home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists and I hate that it will always be there unless people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.

My point to all of this is DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!

Hate me if you want to - the truth hurts and reality is what it is.

I just hope I maybe changed one person's mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this thing on a Blog Site and it made me want to adopt".

That would make it all worth it."

Author unknown

And I (being Karen the Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer) would just add  that in many places in North America - those 'euthanized' dogs - well their dead bodies are sold by the so called 'shelter' to pet and farm animal food/feed manufactures for rendering down to fat, etc. which is then used to make pet/farm animal food. 

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