Don’t Euthanize Me

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About Don’t Euthanize Me. Dont euthanize me is part of Green Pets America;  a 501c3 charity founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007. Our mission is to end the euthanization of shelter animals in America. We have been recognized for humanitarian service by the State Senate of Georgia and the City of Woodstock. Additionally, we are Gold Star rated by Guidestar nonprofit ratings.



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 Please dont euthanize me. I am homeless. Please show compassion for me.

One Day Soon Homeless Animals Will Never Again Be Euthanized. 

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Gandhi

Despite the craziness created by politicians and the news – many of us still believe that we the people remain caring and compassionate for one another, and our animals.

Somehow however we have allowed our politicians to continue to make it legal to euthanize over four million homeless shelter animals every year.

What Orwellian country do we live in that euthanizes four million homeless animals every year? You and I know that this is not ethical. We the ordinary people are better than this. It is the politicians, not us who make this slaughter legal, despite our desire to end this unnecessary euthanization of health, vibrant pets.

We in rescue have walked the dank shelter hallways. We have pulled dogs and cats from iron-barred cages and cold concrete floors. I used to feel that making shelters nicer was the answer. I then believed no kill-shelters was the answer. I no longer believe either. Fixing the problem around the edges is no longer the answer. At the rate we are going no kill will not be completed for a very long time.

Slow improvement is not the answer as 4 million pets are killed yearly. If we wait for slow progress it will be forty-years. In that forty-years time, well over one-hundred-million pets will have been euthanized. That number is too big to even get my mind around.

So we have two choices. We can keep waiting for no kill shelters to be built across America and accept the 160 million deaths. Or we can shift focus and demand an end to euthanizing homeless animals now.

The first response I have gotten to this is outside the box concept are statements such as…we cannot get this done. It is too soon a time frame. It is impossible. It is too difficult. It’s just the way we’ve always done it. Or we need to be patient as these things take a long time to fix.

The real only question is this. Do we want to continue euthanizing animal or do we want to stop. If the answer is we want to stop then all we really need to do is to figure how to stop doing it.


Look at how quickly things are changing today. Things we said were impossible just 5 ago we are doing right now. What once took decades to change is sometimes now changing in months. With social media and peoples activism, change is coming swiftly. Some good and some bad. So let us wait no longer. Lets demand change in sheltering now.

Today is the time to no longer allow politicians to tell us there is no money, or it cannot be done, or it’s just the way it is, or even worse…animals do not feel pain when euthanized. We must no longer let them tell us there’s just no solution to the issue. There are always solutions and always the money when we have a burning need to get it accomplished.

Rescuers see and feel the trauma shelter animal experience. Our homeless animals are sentient beings. We are sentient beings. That means we both feel pain, we both have feelings and we both fight every day to live.

dont euthanize meBehind the facade of everything is fine there hides a different reality that politicians don’t want us to know.  When I and our group walked into city shelters the day before the animals were scheduled to be euthanized we saw the truth. We saw frightened and traumatized cats and dogs, who tried to hide in a corner of their cage, their face to the wall, who cried, howled and moaned, paralyzed with fear.

These soon to be euthanized dogs and cats knew what was about to happen. Animals have senses above ours. They deeply sensed the fear of another animal being cruelly pulled from its cage, dragged down the hall to the kill room.

Or eviler and more frightening, were the pets who are dragged from their cages, pushed to the concrete floor, held down by their throat and injected with a long needle into their leg, or directly into their heart, with a blue liquid poison that killed them not peacefully, but in convulsive and wrenching pain.

Political and business leaders – jus what more can we say to awaken the passion you also must feel in your heart for these homeless animals. Please stop quarreling over petty issues. Focus on the big issues. Do you want to make this a better society? If so, then start today by joining the rest of this world and stop euthanizing homeless animals every day across America.

I know I may have offended some with my details and descriptions. I know some do not want to hear about what happens in shelters. And to you, I apologize for upsetting your feelings. I get criticized for my frankness on ending euthanization and saving lives. When I  write about euthanization people unsubscribe from our newsletter or blog. I understand, but seeing euthanized pets or pets in cages I and others in animal welfare must speak the truth of what we feel and what we see.

This is just not an animal lovers issue, It is everyone’s issue to stand against euthanizing healthy vibrant lives. I think many people today are enlightened to understand that even if we do not pull these souls from their cage, stick a needle into their heart, put them in a black plastic bag and burn their once alive and full of life body in the gas fire we bear the Karma of silence if we do not fight for their lives.

The winds of dramatic change are blowing fiercely. And these powerful winds are for once at the back of ordinary Americans. We can apply pressure now; like no time ever before in our history.

There is much to be done. We can start today by contacting our city councils, county leaders, state leaders and our Federal Congress and Senators. We must state calmly and clearly that it is time to end euthanizing shelter animals in America. To pass “don’t euthanize me” legislation in a bipartisan way and end the a century old practice of euthanizing shelter animals in America.

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ART OF THE BLACK DOG AMAZON REVIEWS. We are so excited about the new animal welfare book, ART OF THE BLACK DOD and want to share these 5 Star Amazon book review’s with you.

5 STARS – A poetic collection of exceptional photography, endearing poetry. “Art of the Black Dog” as the title suggests, is a loving tribute to Black Dogs. A poetic collection of exceptional photography, endearing poetry, as presented by Atlanta-centric author Steven Monahan, a well-known animal advocate and non-profit founder of Green Pets America Charities. Art of the Black Dog is rich with emotion including photos of playful little faces of unconditional love to heart-grabbing prose describing the human-animal connection. Mr. Monahan has successfully depicted BDS (Black Dog Syndrome) in a way that is not critical, judgmental, or negative. Quite the opposite in fact. This book is a lovely gift for anyone who loves all dogs, is perhaps involved in animal welfare, or works in animal care in any capacity. It is also a beautiful complement to any coffee table, including mine.

5 STARS – Breathtaking Photos.  As an animal lover and lifelong advocate for dogs this is now in my collection of coffee table books. Why? Because what better way to bring awareness and knowledge than breathtaking photos and short quotes about man’s best friend. I stumbled across this book via a friend on Facebook and I couldn’t be happier! Grateful for this wonderful addition to my collection.

5 STARS – Want to be the difference? Art of the Black Dog is beautifully produced, well written and tells a much needed-to-be- heard story about the dire fate of far too many black dogs and cats, referred to as Black Dog Syndrome. This is not a Sarah McLachlan sob commercial, but a genuine and uplifting look at real life here in America. Buy the book, read it, and you decide. You can make a difference.




10 Year Anniversary Green Pets America and Project Black Dog Adoption

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10 Year Anniversary Green Pets America and Project Black Dog Adoption. Green Pets America is the parent organization of Project Black Dog Adoption

Green Pets America Charities recently celebrated its  10 Year Anniversary 

Green Pets America is not your usual non profit pet rescue. Hi, I’m Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities. Green Pets America cover’s a lot of needs in our overarching vision to keep families and their companion animals safe and together.

project black dog adoptionThe Vision of Green Pets America is in our tagline…Rescue, Recycle, Rehome. Our companion animals are living, thinking, feeling sentient beings. They have a right to life, just as we do. While we may be a disposable society our companion animals cannot be considered mere “things” to be disposed of in animal shelters. Sentient beings must never be killed and thrown away.

GPA Charities was founded in Atlanta, GA in 2007, by Steven Monahan, a prior Fortune 100 Executive. GPAC is a nationally recognized Gold Star Rated 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. Steve Monahan has been recognized by the State of Georgia, the City Of Woodstock Georgia and municipal and business entities for his dedication and compassion to families and companion animals.

The origin for Green Pets America Charities was based on Steve’s desire to provide a second chance at life for animals sitting in death row kill shelters. Steve survived a terminal illness and felt compelled to help animals get a second chance at life, just as he was blessed to receive.

In the past 10 years, GPA has rescued, renewed and rehomed thousands of death row shelter animals throughout Georgia. Dog Food has been given to places like Papas Pantry, Must Ministries, and The Cherokee Animal Shelter. Additionally, we deliver pet food to families directly…much like Meals on Wheels.  A much-needed community void was filled by starting Cherokee Counties first pet food pantry, helping needy families keep their pets with them when the tough times hit.

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Green Pets helped honor our local working K9s by providing a fenced safe rest area at the Woodstock police station for a K9 outdoor “Break Room”.  With a large fenced space to relax the K-9’s no longer have to sit in a police cruiser for an extended time period while their handler completes arrest paperwork at the police station. Our police K9’s are on the job protecting us 24/7 and Green Pets America believes we all should love and celebrate these working officers, with the dignity, honor, and respect they deserve.

Our focus going forward is the adoption of  Black Dogs, America’s least adopted and most euthaanized shelter dogs 

In 2015 Steven wrote his first animal welfare book named, Rescue Renew Rehome.  

In 2018 we published Art of the Black Dog.

In 2019 we published Project Black Dog Adoption.

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Both available on AMAZON BOOKS.

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Ohio Judge Tired of Animal Abusers, sentences woman to spend night in woods

Ohio Judge Tired of Animal Abusers, sentences woman to spend night in woods

Ohio Judge Tired of Animal Abusers, sentences Woman to spend night in woods where she abandoned a litter of Kittens.

Ohio Judge Tired of Animal Abusers, sentences woman to spend night in woods

The law exists to protect liberties and rights. What most people forget is that the law not only protects human rights, but it also serves to protect animal rights. That’s why it’s disheartening to hear stories of animal abuse, especially when the abusers get away without any form of punishment. But one judge decided that there won’t be any of that in his city, Painesville, Ohio.

Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti was tired of animal abusers having little to no punishment. Since sentences are made to encourage and enforce lawful behavior, he gives out unusual sentences to teach abusers valuable lessons they will never forget.

Judge Cicconetti advocacy for animal rights is rooted from his love for animals. He fell in love with animals when he got his first dog, a Dachshund mix named Herman. From there, his love for animals grew. Now, he has a ten year old Bernese mountain dog named Kasey.

As an upstanding member of the legal profession, judge Cicconetti doesn’t give out dangerous or unlawful punishments. But he isn’t beyond giving offenders a little discomfort and embarrassment either.

Picture Judge Cicconetti and his dog Kasey.

Take this one case where one woman abandoned 35 kittens in the woods. To help the offender realize the gravity of her actions, the judge sentenced her to spend a night in the woods by herself. During the hearing, he told her “How would you like to be dumped off at a metro park late at night, spend the night listening to the coyotes … listening to the raccoons around you in the dark night, and sit out there in the cold not knowing where you’re going to get your next meal, not knowing when you are going to be rescued?”

Ohio Judge Tired of Animal Abusers, sentences woman to spend night in woods
Judge and his own dog





In another case, a woman was found guilty after her dog was found living in total filth. Judge Cicconetti let her have a taste of her own medicine, sentencing her to spend a day at a filthy, smelly local dump. The judge said at the hearing, “I want you to go down to the county dump, to the landfill, and I want them to find the stinkiest, smelliest, God-awful odor place they can find in that dump and I want you to sit there for eight hours tomorrow, to think about what you did to that dog while you smell the odor. If you puke, you puke.”

Last September, a law that makes the abuse to an animal companion a felony, went into effect. This law, called the Goddard’s law, was a huge step for animal rights advocates. Other than punishing offenders, Judge Cicconetti hopes that his headline-worthy sentences spread awareness about the crime of animal abuse and its consequences.

This animal loving judge never planned on making these unusual sentences. He just started creating them when he noticed that jail time wasn’t effective in making abusers realize the gravity of their crimes. So, he decided to take on an unconventional method of making these offenders turn from their ways. The judge always makes sure that the sentences he gives out are fit for the crimes that were committed. He waits until all the details of the case are heard before he carefully doles out sentences.

Advocating for long term solutions to this problem, Judge Cicconetti raised the need for education to be available to offenders. He told iHeartDogs that if drunk drivers and child neglectors take mandatory courses as part of their sentences, animal abusers should too. The judge also hopes that mandatory mental evaluations will be made for those responsible for these sort of crimes. Like having a registry for sex offenders, there should also be a registry for animal abusers. This allows shelters to verify potential adopters.

We may not have the influence and power of Judge Cicconetti, but we can still make an impact for our furry friends’ rights in small ways. If we want to advocate for our beloved companions, we can start with spreading awareness and reporting abusers within our very own neighborhood.

Ohio Judge Tired of Animal Abusers, sentences woman to spend night in woods

10 Important Life Lessons Kids Learn From a Pet

Ohio Judge Tired of Animal Abusers, sentences woman to spend night in woods
  • 10 Important Life Lessons Kids Learn From a Pet. Kids and pets just seem to go together, don’t they? Dogs and cats offer children companionship, affection and unconditional acceptance. They are also great teaching tools. In fact, your child can learn much from caring for a pet, including these 10 valuable life lessons.

10 Important Life Lessons Kids Learn From a Pet


10 Important Life Lessons Kids Learn From a Pet

1.Responsibility — Caring for a pet requires daily feeding, exercise and playtime, as well as grooming and potty walks. Older children with a pet learn what it means to care for another living creature, and even younger children can help with feeding and playtime.

2.Trust — It’s easy to confide in a pet who offers unconditional support in return. Pets make wonderful trusted companions for children and can be a first step in helping your child build trust in other relationships too.

3.Compassion — Caring for a pet requires compassion, understanding and empathy. Kids learn to be kind and to take care of others’ basic needs.

4.Bereavement — When a beloved pet dies, your child will inevitably feel the pain of the loss, but he’ll also learn how to cope with sadness and grief.

5.Respect — Caring for a pet teaches kids how to respect others. For example, they learn the proper way to approach, touch, and hold their pet and tend to his needs. They learn not to disturb him when he’s eating or sleeping.

6.Self-Esteem — Pets show unconditional love, which can be a great boost to a child’s self-esteem. So, too, can the satisfaction that comes from having responsibility and a furry friend who relies on you.

7.Loyalty — A pet’s loyalty toward her human is unmatched. In turn, children learn the importance of showing loyalty to their devoted animal companion.

8.Physical activity — Children with dogs learn how fun physical activity can be while they play tug-of-war, fetch or go for walks with their pet. Research shows that children with dogs spend more time being physically active than children without dogs.

9.Patience — Bonding with a new pet often takes time. Your child will learn patience while your new pet becomes comfortable in your home and also during training.

10.Social skills — Dogs make wonderful icebreakers for both kids and adults. Taking your dog for walks as a family can improve your child’s social skills as you interact with others. Pets may also help children with autism develop social skills such as sharing. There are many other benefits as well. Your child can have her basic emotional and physical needs fulfilled by a pet, including comforting contact, love and affection. Research also shows that children from homes with dogs (during their first year of life) have fewer ear infections and respiratory tract infections, and require fewer antibiotics, perhaps because the exposure stimulates the immune system.

Other noted benefits include a significantly reduced risk of allergies and even better grades at school, presumably because owning a pet seems to give kids greater motivation.

10 Important Life Lessons Kids Learn From a PetIs Your Child Ready for a Pet? Some children are ready at a young age to take on the responsibility of a pet. Others, not so much. Here are a few things to consider as you decide whether your youngster is ready for pet guardianship. 

  • Wait until your child is old enough — Wait for your child to express consistent, genuine interest in having a pet. It’s usually children over the age of 5 who begin to show real interest in a dog, cat or other animal. That’s a good thing, because children younger than 5 cannot handle the responsibility of caring for a pet.

Toddlers and very young kids are much more likely to injure an animal, or risk being injured themselves by a fearful or startled pet. Don’t give your child a pet before she asks for one — I don’t recommend giving a child a pet as a surprise, or insisting a youngster should have a pet of his own. It’s better for everyone involved, including the animal, if your child is eager for the responsibility of a pet and is prepared.

  • Do consider getting a pet for a level headed, responsible child — Honestly evaluate your child’s maturity and responsibility level, no matter how old she is. If she’s mature for her age, takes direction well, uses common sense, has a calm nature and shows empathy for animals, she’s probably ready for a pet of her own.

Don’t hand over a defenseless animal to an inconsiderate or immature child — If, on the other hand, your child is forgetful, careless, reckless, extremely self-absorbed or tends to get herself into scrapes someone else has to get her out of, she might not yet be mature or responsible enough to care for a dependent, defenseless creature. Talk to your child about the commitment he is making — When you discuss acquiring a pet with your youngster, cover the topic of permanency.

  • Help your child understand pets are not like toys that can be tossed aside or given away if he grows bored with them. Make sure he understands the commitment he is making is for the lifetime of the pet. Also prepare for the possibility your child will grow tired of caring for his pet. In that case, it is you and other family members who must pick up the slack and take over care of the animal.

Assign pet care responsibilities before the animal arrives — Set pet caretaking expectations ahead of time. I recommend discussing with your child and other family members all house rules for the new pet and who will have responsibility for what. It’s a good idea to write everything down and post it in spot where your child can easily refer to it.

  • Feeding and interacting with the pet is the fun part of pet ownership, but there are many dirty, cumbersome and not-so-fun aspects of daily care that kids must be ready to take on, as well. Research types of pets with your child — This will help both of you learn what’s involved in caring for a variety of different animals. It will also give both of you an opening to discuss any concerns you have about whether your child is ready to take on such an important responsibility.

Financial considerations, time constraints and your living situation will also factor into the choice of a pet. Consider testing your child’s readiness for a pet by starting small — Unless you’re prepared to share primary caretaking responsibilities for a pet like a dog, cat or exotic bird with your child, I recommend you start small.

  • You can begin with a couple of fish or a frog if you’re really unsure of your child’s level of commitment. Or you can start with a pocket pet like a rat or a guinea pig. However, don’t assume because a pet is small or lives in a cage it doesn’t require much care. All animals require attention in order to be healthy and balanced. Both pocket pets and pet birds require lots of interaction and plenty of time outside their habitats.

That’s why research and preparation are priceless when it comes to a decision about what type of pet is best for your child. Exhaust adoption options before purchasing a pet — Depending on the type of pet you and your child choose, I encourage you to look first at the shelters and rescue organizations in your area for an adoptable animal.

  • Almost every type of animal now has specialty rescue associations (from turtles to guinea pigs) so consider looking into providing a forever home to an unwanted pet first. Adopting a shelter pet will help your child understand the plight of homeless animals, as well as how terrific it feels to provide a forever home for a deserving pet. Make a family commitment to care for the pet for its lifetime — If your child loses interest in a new pet, be prepared to set the right example by not giving up the animal.

10 Important Life Lessons Kids Learn From a Pet. In summary your child should learn responsibilities don’t just disappear when she grows tired of them. Each member of your family must be willing to take care of any pet you adopt for its lifetime.

10 Important Life Lessons Kids Learn From a Pet

Article courtesy of Dr. Karen Becker DVM.

Pet Retail and Adoption Project

Pet Retail and Adoption Project is green Pets america’s Retail & Adoption Project. It is a 21st century outside the box strategy to partner the pet retail industry and the animal sheltering and adoption industry to bring an end to the over 8 million homeless pets, and euthanization of 4 million shelter pets each year.

Pet Retail and Adoption Project – people Pets planet.

How Can the Pet Industry do more to Adopt Homeless Pets?

How Can the Pet Industry do more to Adopt Homeless Pets

How Can the Pet Industry do more to Adopt Homeless Pets?

Steven Monahan – Former fortune 100 executive, death survivor, author, founder of Green Pets America and Project Black Dog Adoption.

green pets americaRescue Renew Rehome is book is an outside the box strategy on the merger of the pet retail industry and the animal sheltering and adoption industry. At green. Pets. america we have named this the – RETAIL & ADOPTION PROJECT.

Rescue Renew Rehome is authored by animal welfare leader Steven Monahan the founder of Green Pets America Charities in Atlanta, Georgia and author of Art of the Black Dog, and Project Black Dog Adoption. Steven has been recognized by his home State of Georgia for humanitarian efforts on behalf of Georgia families and pets.

How Can the Pet Industry do more to Adopt Homeless Pets?


In addition to the Strategy of creating Pet Retail and Adoption destination centers…think Disney for Pets…there are heart-warming stories on dog rescue, assist dogs at the Pentagon during 911, and data on the pet industry in America.

Rescue Renew Rehome: Future of Pet Retail and Pet Adoption in America has earned 5 Star reviews and praise for its groundbreaking idea of merging the pet industry and animal shelter industry to end pet homelessness in America. You may want to check it out today on Amazon books and other book retailers.

How Can the Pet Industry do more to Adopt Homeless Pets?

Project Black Dog Adoptions Article on Homeless Pets

This article appeared in Maddie’s Fund. We wanted to share its important message with our Green Pets America – Project Black Dog Adoption readers.

What would the fight against pet homelessness and euthanasia be like if private practice veterinarians in every community were both committed to, and up-to-date on, the most effective lifesaving approaches?

Relations between private practice veterinarians and shelters/rescue organizations experience challenges in many communities. However, the influx of younger veterinarians combined with the explosive growth in the number of pets acquired from adoption organizations over the last decade are helping members of the two groups realize they’re natural allies in their care for pets.

In a past Maddie’s Fund webinar, we took a look at ways both animal organizations and private practice veterinarians can see each other’s point of view and work together. Now, in a powerful opinion piece published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Sam Phillips, Dr. Zarah Hedge, and Dr. Jose Peralta wrote:

The statistics have been improving in recent years; still, more dogs and cats die of homelessness each year than as a result of any preventable disease, and the number of shelter euthanasias can still be lower. In our view, veterinarians have an ethical if not moral obligation to work with shelters to minimize animal suffering and decrease the number of healthy, adoptable animals that are euthanized. Veterinarians in general practice have a direct platform to reach vast numbers of pet owners, but despite their expertise in animal husbandry, development, behavior, and welfare, many of them may not realize how much impact they can have on the numbers of homeless dogs and cats.

What can private practice vets do? Here are the main approaches the authors recommend:

  • Act Promptly and Proactively on Behavior Problems
  • Encourage Early Spaying and Neutering
  • Community Cat Management
  • Sponsor Pet Identification
  • Reduce Fees for Certain Services
  • Actively Engage in Legislative Efforts

“Initiating discussions with local shelter directors and shelter veterinarians can be a good first step for any veterinarian wishing to become involved,” they added. “Areas for improvement can be identified and ranked so that issues likely to have the highest local impact are given priority while still considering the veterinarian’s skills and resources and the shelter’s specific needs. In the clinic, a discussion with the entire staff may greatly expand the ability to reduce the numbers of homeless dogs and cats, as technicians and receptionists can be tasked with the routine distribution of relevant resources to clients.”