Concern for county shelter dogs premature PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:45
File photo. A dog is seen at the Wood County Dog Shelter. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
No dogs will be subject to euthanasia at the Wood County Dog Shelter today, despite widespread social media posts earlier in the week indicating eight were at risk.
Dog Warden Andrew Snyder said he provides information to volunteers at their request about which dogs at the shelter could be threatened as the facility fills up, so they can network with rescue shelters and find potential adopters. That information was used this week to create posts that weren't exactly in the spirit of the way the Wood County Dog Shelter tries to release information.
The euthanasia process is somewhat regular as the dog shelter reaches capacity or takes in injured, sick or aggressive animals.
Snyder said that while adoptions have increased recently, he doesn't suggest spreading information via Facebook because it may lead someone to rush their decision to take in a dog based on the threat of euthanasia.
"Facebook has certainly helped us," Snyder said. "We still have quite a few dogs, but not as many as we did.
"The issue with the recent posts is the manner in which the information gets out there," he said.
Snyder doesn't want people to be "guilt-tripped" into adopting.
"It needs to be a decision they make for the right reasons and that they take time to think about."
"We don't want people making impulse adoptions," and rescue shelters may make decisions unsafe for their animals when presented with dogs facing euthanasia, he explained.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:07

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