Wisdom from my Gran(Sheila):
Here(Ona, WV) the shelters are either kill shelters or no kill shelters, I’m sure there are still lots of malpractices, but honestly some are killed after just three days, so in a way it’s almost hopeless for them in areas where people don’t adopt often, poor areas especially. The kill shelters euthanize or gas unwanted or unadopted pets after a specific number of days, the no kill shelters do not kill, they use private rescue homes and groups.
Mr. Peepers, Freakie, Magoo, Mamie all came from a kill shelter *that shelter tries to get private fosters rather than kill them, Peepers was in a foster home for over a year, Freak was in the kill shelter, Magoo was in the kill shelter, Mamie was in a kill shelter….now most kill shelters allow rescuers to come in and “Pull” animals out to send out to private rescues and fosters where they have a better chance.
Some kill shelters allow groups to transport pets from low adoption areas to places where there are higher adoption probability. There are transports running from here to areas north like Philly and New England….the shelters are doing better than they used to, and the abuses now are more often from private puppy mills that breed pure breed dogs in horrible conditions and sell the offspring to pet shops and such for high prices, but, the pups are generally poorly bred and do not have long life spans due to bad breeding.
Conclusion: Adopt from any shelter, preferably a kill shelter and do NOT go to a pet shop!!! Also give a chance to the less cute ones. Just because a puppy or kitten looks ill or abused, does this mean they should not be adopted? I think the contrary, no?