The Gap Between Public Expectation And Reality Will Breed Animal-Shelter Fraud

A reporter’s investigation into a no-kill dog shelter uncovers horrific fraud:

‘Travis’ footage showed Sally and Lola, two dogs he had filmed earlier who were both healthy and allegedly guaranteed safe because they had been sponsored by the program. Although Kilby, in an interview with Travis stated the two dogs had been transferred to another facility, the information the dogs were still alive could not be proven by Kilby. An employee from the shelter stated both dogs were euthanized shortly after the news report.

At least 15 animals who were guaranteed to have been safe were allegedly euthanized. Even more heartbreaking were the emails sent to donors telling them that their sponsored pet had found a wonderful new home. The information was false.’

Nor is this the first time that such deception is uncovered. Only recently, PETA – on organisation promoting animal welfare, was found to have euthanized hundreds of dogs in their so-called No-Kill shelters.

How can such outrage happen?

The answer, I believe has to do with the massive gap between public perception and reality.

It is simply not possible to run a true No-Kill shelter!

Not all dogs can be rehomed, and something needs to be done with the dogs that can’t. However, the public’s appetite for the No-Kill tag forces shelter managers to claim something that can’t actually deliver. This, combined with the lack of transparency in the shelter business creates a temptation for fraud.

This is not to defend the terrible deception at the Boggs Mountain shelter, but to acknowledge a reality that a temptation to be something others want you to be can sometimes be too great to resist.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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