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That’s exactly what worries Debbie Rappuhn. “My mission is to save dogs, but what’s going to happen after they dismantle the chamber? People think it’s kinder to use injectable drugs. They’ve got an image of a sweet old lady cuddling a dog before putting it to sleep, but that’s not going to happen. Some days they put down 30 or 40 dogs. Sometimes more. Do you think the dogs are going to be calmly euthanized? How is it going to be better for the dogs? Instead of trying to figure out what’s the best way to kill these dogs, shouldn’t the question be, ‘How do we prevent them from being euthanized in the first place?’”


Pilots N Paws
Debi Boies came up with a unique alternative to euthanasia. Instead of killing dogs, why not fly them to safety? So, four years ago, she co-founded Pilots N Paws, a group of 2,130 registered pilots who volunteer their time and planes—mostly to rescue dogs from kill shelters in the South. Since the pilots pay for everything themselves, there’s no cost to shelters. So far, PNP has rescued about 10,000 dogs.





This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 68: Jan/Feb 2012

Photo courtesy of Joe Dwyer

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Submitted by An animal lover... | February 4 2012 |

Aside from the tragedy of killing homeless animals rather than take the time and make the effort to find them homes , kill shelters rarely gas their victims one at a time. The victims are crammed into a box , sometimes cats and dogs together. They are terrified, they fight, they scream. The gas sears their nasal passages and their lungs. They do NOT go peacefully !
I recently met a woman who works for a wildlife rehab organization and was horrified to learn that they gas the critters that they can not save. Until she explained how they do it. First they tranqulize the animal. Then they put a face mask on the critter. It takes about three minutes and the animal is held gently , petted , and comforted the whole time just as we do with our own furry family members when we help them leave this earth. This wildlife lady was horrified when I described what happens in animal control centers.
Death by injection can be just as terrifying in a "shelter" setting.
People who are paid to kill animals are by necessity without compassion. They are frequently uncaring and unkind.
The only answer is to Stop The Killing. Period. It can be done , it HAS been done and more communities are realizing this. Please visit any No Kill Advocacy site to find out how you can help it happen where you live !

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