The recent letter criticizing the Humane Society of Central Oregon for not following a no-kill philosophy is uninformed and unwarranted.
I support HSCO in having a policy that keeps euthanasia as an option to ensure it can humanely support animals with a compassionate death that are not adoptable because of health or behavior-related issues. I believe this is the same responsibility anyone providing a home for a pet shares.
It is a hard truth that not every animal surrendered to a shelter is adoptable for many reasons, including human neglect and abuse. While shelters following a no-kill philosophy should be commended for this commitment, HSCO should also be recognized for facilitating as many adoptions as possible, no matter how long they take or where they happen.
As a volunteer with HSCO, I’ve seen many happy occasions when animals I helped to care for were adopted into loving and responsible homes, including Buddy. This dog was at the shelter for four months before being transported to the Family Dog New Life shelter in Portland, where he was adopted in just a few days.
I’ve also witnessed an older, low-income couple surrendering their dying cat because they could not afford the veterinary fees to euthanize it. While their grief broke my heart, I was grateful that my contributions supported this service.
If people have questions about HSCO’s policies, please contact it directly to learn more about what this amazing organization does to promote the compassionate care of animals in Central Oregon.