Killing homeless and stary pets doesn't work. It clearly doesn't work. If this method did work, then, the overpopulation of pets crisis would have been solved, but it hasn't. It remains, virtually the same. Year in, and year out.
Killing homeless pets seems to be the easy option that some charities, and the government takes to control the pet problem, however, it's a problem which is creating another problem. Killing pets creates several problems. On one hand, it doesn't educate people. It teaches people that if they have unwanted pets, that those unwanted pets can be easily disgarded of. Another problem it creates, is that it is an expensive business, it costs a lot of money to do this. How much it costs is hard to say, as even though there is a transparancey in how many pets are being killed (well, we think there is a transparencey, there seems to be one - but it wouldn't be suprising if the number was more) there is not a publication of how much it costs to kill pets.
Money could be spent a lot better. One of the things which could be done, is neutering the animals before they are rehomed. Another ting which would be a good idea, would be to educate people. Educate people on how to look after pets, like, ensuring that their pet is neautered, or, to remember that if they adopt a pet, it's a comitment you take on for the duration of the pets life.
Kill shelters have a far bigger problem that non-kill shelters do. With non-kill shelters, there is more emphasis on caring for the animal; that's the priority. With kill-shelters, the animals are left waiting, usually they are just waiting their time for death. Kill shelters don't seem to look after their pets as well, with the pictures of cats you see, you can tell.
Kill shelters often don't put in the time and effort to rehome the pets. Usually it is a third party of organised volunteers who put out the information of homeless pets that are to be killed, such as the URGENT PODR site. Where is the ACC on their twitter, or facebook trying to campaign to save these animals lives? Or, what about the pets that PETA holds, and kills? Both are very quite on that front - I guess it doesn't really look good, when you campaign for 'animal rights', but participate in killing them.
If we are to stop kill shelters, then the first port of call is to acknowledge that it is the kill shelters which are the problem, not the non-kill shelters.