I think there are good and very committed homes out there BUT they are few and far between (I am speaking to after the novelty wears off the new adoptee).
There are mostly the average homes who THINK they could handle a dog with these issues, get all excited by the hype about them and then can't or won't do what is necessary to protect the dog and the public. You must remember that if one shelter dog bites a whole "shitstorm" can occur that can end up giving the adopting shelter a bad name with the public (they adopt out aggressive dogs) and will cause other dogs with few issues to languish and perhaps die.
What some animal lovers forget is that while we are there to help animals, we are also there to serve the public. If a consensus of people who have been observing these animals have deemed them to be aggressive to the point of unadoptable, then who are we (who have maybe seen the dogs once) to judge them? It is not fair to ask shelters to take on dogs with bite history while applauding so called no-kills & rescues who will mostly refuse to take them in, or turn other happy, adoptable dogs away to warehouse one that is aggressive, while it waits for the "perfect" home.
I don't know why so many people want to label this issue in black and white. It is far from that.
Out of Province Observer.
This would seem to be a person who works or volunteers at a shelter like the previous commenter that I made observations about their comment because they say "what some animal lovers forget is that while WE are there to help animals, WE are also there to serve the public.
That is SO interesting I think - and that raises HUGE red flags for me.
There is a document that when I first read it - it really blew my mind - it was like it was articulating what I had been feeling ever since I first started to learn about what goes on in "shelters", in places that were supposed to be "preventing cruelty to animals". It is a document called "In the name of Mercy" - and it's a piece that basically started the no kill movement. It talks about how it is WRONG that shelters KILL the animals they are supposed to be saving. That it is a very lazy way to do business and that it should be STOPPED. It is a beautiful thing to read and I think it SHOULD be read by anyone even considering volunteering or working at a shelter. The link I provided is a direct link to the document. You should click on it, if you dare. I know it changed my life forever. I still remember where I was when I read it.
There's another thing about the sentence -
What some animal lovers forget is that while we are there to help animals, we are also there to serve the public.
I don't buy that.
I think that an animal shelter is NOT there to serve the public. A PET STORE is there to serve the public. A back yard breeder is there to serve the public. A puppy mill is there to serve the public. A shelter is there to serve the homeless and abandoned animals. They are NOT there to serve the public. The shelter is there to save the animals. Period. They are there to shelter the animals. Period. If the animals were not there - the shelter would not be there.
And the shelter should also be working towards making the cages empty as well - so that there are no more homeless and abandoned animals - but that's another whole thing that I won't talk about here.
So the person who left this comment and who works or volunteers at a shelter may think they have answers to this problem - but I believe they do not have the correct answers. Their answers are very wrong - for the animals.
I hope they come back and read this post and read what I've said about their comment and read the document I've provided the link to - and think about it for a little while and think about the truth of it.
The public is still very important - and the public deserves to be treated with respect and kindness and not treated like criminals and gruffness like it has been my experience that they are treated a lot of the time - adoptions should be made like true love - there is a perfect match out there for everyone - and that's why Petfinder is such a great thing - and liaising with SPCA's and shelters province wide SHOULD BE DONE and started - and would be a wonderful thing. There should be a railroad started up. There is absolutely no reason why 75% of dogs in Cape Breton die when tons of people in Halifax buy puppies at Pets Unlimited when they'd love to rescue a dog instead. It's a travesty. And unnecessary.
But the public is NOT the reason why shelters exist - and animals should NOT die because they are not 100% perfect. There are a lot of people who are willing to take less than perfect dogs. SPCA's are not pet stores - and the day people who work there start believing things like that - they should shut their doors and hang their heads IN SHAME.