Let’s Stop Lying and Stop Using the Words Euthanize and Animal Shelter

In our book RESCUE RENEW REHOME we laid out 20 intelligently thought out points to dramatically increase homeless pet adoptions in America. A 20 point program to end the killing of 4 million dogs and cats in our animal shelters each year. For this article we want to share with you point number #20.

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 To me this was the most difficult point to create. While the others are logical and use un-common, common sense, developed in our 10 years in dog rescue this last point was the hardest to say out loud.

I always try to be optimistic. I try to never judge anyone. I practice Zen and meditation and try to always focus on happiness. So this final point has weighed hard on my soul. But I could not write this book unless I expressed what I felt in my heart.

And that is: If we are to finally end the killing of healthy, loving, homeless animals in America we must speak the truth.  We must look inside ourselves and really ask, why do we allow 4 million animals to be killed every year in America?

The first reason we kill shelter animals is because as I said earlier in this book… we are a disposable society. If we don’t like it we get rid of it. If something shinier comes along we get rid of it. If our pet acts out we get rid of it. If we tire of it we get rid of it.

The other reason is because as humans we always prefer to run from and avoid reality…and  then lie to ourselves about it to make ourselves “feel good” rather than speak words of truth and own what we have done.

What are the two lies we tell ourselves?

The two lies are the two words we use to make ourselves feel good about doing something bad…something real bad…killing.

To deny it to ourselves we use two nice sounding words “Shelter” and “Euthanize”

 

But Shelter is not a truthful word. The definition of a shelter is …a place of safety and refuge. A shelter saves lives and brings help and hope to those that go there. So knowing that – why do we continue to lie to ourselves and use the word “shelter” when our supposed shelters are not shelters?  What do you call a place that kills the homeless beings that come to it? I don’t need to name it, but we all know that “shelter” is not the name.

The other lie we tell ourselves to stay in denial and feel good about ourselves is the word “euthanize“.We tell ourselves that we “euthanize” homeless pets. We should use the word of truth –  which is kill, not the lie of euthanize.

 The definition of euthanize: (Medicine) to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness.

What incurable illness do our 4 million homeless animals have?  What suffering do these 4 million homeless animals endure? And the procedure most shelters use is not a 2 step euthanize, but a one step. And that one step is not painless!  What we are doing is killing. We must stop killing and stop using the word euthanize.

We must be honest with ourselves and our children and talk words of truth. The truth shall set you free. And if we start telling the truth we will set our souls free from the horrible burden we are bringing upon our society, by allowing innocent animals to be killed, while we use words that lie, keep us in denial and cover it up.

Steve Monahan, founder

Green Pets America

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Author RESCUE RENEW REHOME

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How to Start an Animal Rescue or Animal Welfare Nonprofit

At Green Pets America We Wrote the Book and Know How to Start a Non-Profit from the Ground Up !

Want to start an animal welfare charity? Congratulations! Starting a nonprofit can be very rewarding – but very complex as well. In addition to providing your services, you must also hire, train and manage employees or volunteers, maintain compliance with Federal and State government regulations, understand your market, and position your nonprofit start-up to grow.

Donations do not come easily, especially for new non-profits with no community track record…and the odds of failing are fairly high. Therefore planning and working with an experienced existing non-profit animal welfare organization team is essential.

20 Key steps to start a Non-Profit:

  1. Set up a No-Profit Corporation in your State
  2. Elect a Board of Directors and Officers
  3. Obtain an EIN via IRS Form SS4
  4. Prepare Articles of Incorporation
  5. Adopt Bylaws
  6. Complete the extensive application for an IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Exemption
  7. File For State Tax Exemption
  8. File Charity Solicitation Registration
  9. Prepare Meeting Minutes of Board of Directors
  10. Recruit & Train a Fundraising Team
  11. Develop a Strategic 5 Year Plan
  12. Develop Marketing Strategies
  13. Create a Unique Custom Logo
  14. Develop a Website
  15. Develop a Corporate Sponsorship Program
  16. Develop a Grant Solicitation Strategy
  17. Develop Board of Directors Duties
  18. Develop Organizational Policy Handbook
  19. Create a Press Release Package
  20. Create a Monthly & Annual Income Plan

If creating your own non-profit is more than you can handle or afford then contact our consulting group and they can help you create your non-profit today.

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See How to Start a No Kill Shelter

Green Shelters America has created America’s only green full adoption shelters, affiliate organization. Some use the term”no-kill” we prefer to use the term green full adoption, as our model is green built facilities and full adoption by using our proprietary formula of Rescue Renew Rehome to adopt all healthy savable animals.We developed this program in our 10 years of animal welfare, rescuing renewing and rehoming shelter animals in Atlanta Georgia.

You can learn Why and How to do this in our inspiring new book and how to practical guide to shelter animal conversion – Rescue Renew Rehome – on: Amazon Books.com

We are a 501c3 non-profit founded in 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit our website at GreenSheltersAmerica.com or email us at GreenSheltersAmerica@gmail.com to receive a package on how to apply to become a licensed affiliate of Green Shelters America non-profit.

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Rainbow Bridge for Cats – She made it Home

After she died it was quiet for 3 days. And then one early morning I heard her voice. She said I just wanted to tell you that I love you and I made it home. I will see you one day and we will be never parted again.

Love and purrrrss

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It’s Black Dog Friday today.

It’s Black Dog Friday today

 Please adopt a black shelter dog the least adopted most killed of all America’s shelter dogs.

Please Share With Your Friends.

An Adoption Program of Green Pets America.
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