Article, Nathan Winograd: ‘Temperament testing in the age of no-kill’
“In the past, shelter administrators openly killed for reasons like lack of space, antithesis to certain breeds, because the cats were feral, because of (highly treatable) illnesses like upper respiratory infection and kennel cough, or because there were too many black dogs in the shelter.
Today’s savvy shelter director would never be so blatant, so unapologetic for the slaughter.
Don’t be fooled: Shelters still kill at an alarming rate (4.4 million creatures last year in the US,< DRP: 250,000 in Australia>), but many are now doing it with a difference.
They are now doing so under the cloak of scientific legitimacy.
“The dogs and cats,” we are told, “are unadoptable.”…………..
DRP comment: there is no doubt that ‘temp testing’ is being abused as a reason to remove animals that could be saved. Are they truly vicious? Are they truely not rehomable? We have 3 wonderful pets at home that would fail most ‘temp tests’ if they were suddenly thrown into a pound situation. That’s no reason to kill them.
We know that there are pounds and charity shelters that regularly fail and then kill animals because of a temperament test, and then they say “it was vicious” or “it was not rehomable”. – ie set the bar low enough to justify killing animals, and you can always then say that you are rehoming a high percentage of rehomable animals and look good……But we know differently.
Some unfortunate animals will be beyond salvation, but temperament testing should be used as a means of designing a behaviour modification for the animal, not as an excuse to eliminate enough animals to a “comfortable level” for the facility.
Please comment here if you suspect or know that a pound or shelter is abusing the temperament test. We need to make this public and hold them to account. We want to hear your stories