Monday, May 19, 2014

Are No-Kill Shelters Good for Cats and Dogs?

New York City developed a grisly solution to its stray dog problem in the 1870s: It locked dozens of dogs at a time inside an enormous iron cage and submerged them in the East River. Capture, drown, and repeat, until the population was under control. No one objected. Stray dogs were dangerous and spread disease. The idea of a “no-kill” shelter—a place to house every single stray until it was adopted or died naturally—would have been incomprehensible. Today, 70 percent of American pet owners...

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