Many of the major animal charities recive millions in donations each year, but, most of these charities opt on a kill policy - in other words, they will run on a policy were they will kill animals.
Specifically pets; cats and dogs.
Many of these animals are ill, but, even more alarmingly, many are perfectly healthy.
If you run as a charity which tells people that you are 'saving animals', then, your princible should be 'to save animals'. But, if your prinicble is, 'we want to save animals, pets, but we can't get most of them alive' then, say that too. Although, saying the latter, on your advertising, isn't going to get you as much, if any donations.
When we see an animal charity ad on tv, it's usually a big animal charity, and they are usually asking for donations to save animals. However, many of the animals who go through these charities doors, never are rehomed, they're killed.
let's take two charities here, to show their kill rate (based on reports):
. The first is PETA. PETA's kill rate has been reported to be at 96%. That's 96% of all animals who enter through PETA's doors, will be killed.
See here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-j-winograd/peta-kills-puppies-kittens_b_2979220.html
See here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254729/RSPCA-destroys-HALF-animals-rescues--thousands-completely-healthy.html
Given that these charities are multi-million pound charities, it's hard to believe that they cannot find a way to look after some, if not all of these animals.
The RSPCA recives 0ver £89 million in donations.
See here: http://www.rspca.org.uk/servlet/BlobServer?blobtable=RSPCABlob&blobcol=urlblob&blobkey=id&blobwhere=1083319167426&blobheader=application/pdf
See here: http://www.peta.org/about-peta/learn-about-peta/financial-report/
Other charites, or individuals, have a no-kill policy. And will look after animals who are unwanted. These charities have far less resources, or money pouring into them, yet, they keep animals alive, and look after them.
Like Farplace Annimal Rescue, who runs a no-kill shelter policy.
Or even, this lady who runs her own network, she and her 25 staff look after 700 cats, and run a no kill shelter: