250,000 healthy, but unwanted cats and dogs are killed in Australian pounds each year
In Australia, we have a system that perpetuates a cycle of breeding to excess, impulse purchasing of pets and then quiet killing of the surplus 250,000 mainly healthy cats and dogs year after year. (We kill 60,000 every year in New South Wales alone…) This is not justifiable, not ethical and not acceptable. These animals are not just statistics, each one is a live sentient being that suffers immense stress and then death. Surely we have the ability to fix the problem and stop the oversupply and consequent unnecessary euthanasia of healthy cats and dogs by tackling all the reasons for it?
Here are 5 ideas we at DEATHROWPETS want to turn into a reality:
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”
Who We Are
DeathRowPets was started by Paul and Kathryn Archer. We lived in Sydney for 25 years and recently moved to Hobart. We live with our elderly rescue dog – Muffin from DoggieRescue We have had four beautiful rescue dogs over many years.
When we first decided that we would like to have a dog we did what many people do, we decided we wanted a Boxer and we looked for a Boxer puppy in the Trading Post. We followed up an advertisement and bought Tiwi from a house in Blacktown for $275.00. We didn’t see her parents or even any of her litter mates. We did get papers. Tiwi was our first dog and was loved very much. However she suffered from bad allergies, had two knee reconstructions, ulcerated eyes and sadly she succumbed to a severe brain disorder when she was only 8 years old.
All this made us start to find out and read more about dogs, their health problems, good and bad breeders and what is really happening out there. We became better educated all round! We decided that our next dog would be a Rescue one. Now we have had four!
We have always been animal lovers and the horrifying situation in most Australian Pounds has made us determined to be more active about finding a solution to the thousands of cats and dogs killed every year.
DeathRowPets is a tool to get our voice heard so people understand what’s going on and can help us to create positive change.