Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cat Gassed Twice At Utah Shelter

Another Daniel...  the Associated Press has the goods, or in this case...

Gassing is neither quick, humane, or painless. Note the cat vomited and that's how they figured out it was still alive. I was once told by the woman who rescues out of Vermillion Parish in Louisiana, where I flew to get Mr. Wiggins, that they often have to gas them twice because they have an old decrepit gas chamber, and that the gassing burns their throats, they panic and try to dig out, and they vomit all over. A terrible way to die.
Officials at West Valley City's animal shelter in Utah say the cat named Andrea hadn't been adopted for 30 days when shelter officials tried to put her to death in October. She survived, so they gassed her again.
Shelter officials detected no vital signs and presumed she was dead after the second try, so they put her in a plastic bag in a cooler. But when they checked the bag, they saw she had vomited on herself and had hypothermia but was alive.
There are efforts to roll back gassing as a means of euthanasia, but it requires people's help. Here are two good places to support, not only with funds but with your time (targeted letters of protest, et al). Read the websites, begin to follow the various bills being worked on in the news, see how the legislative and civil society process works via this issue.