Editor:

I am responding to the letter written by Jennifer Brown, PETA investigator, published Sept. 30 I the Open Forum. I fully agree that spaying/neutering is the best long-term answer to pet overpopulation, however, I disagree that no-kill shelter policies lead to animal suffering.

I work at shelters both in Maryland and in Colorado, one is a no-kill the other a county Humane Society operation where euthanasia may be used, but is rarely. The no-kill I work for will not adopt out any animal without spaying/neutering first. Nor will the Humane Society. Neither shelter will allow an animal to suffer. If euthanasia will relieve suffering, they will use it. However, if costly medical care will give an animal a quality life, the shelters seek donations and voluntary services from vets to help.

Both facilities are clean, constructed for animal comfort and full of caring staff, despite struggles to maintain funding.


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I picked these shelters at random, because they were within commuting distance. I don't see the difference between good county and good no-kill shelters. Certainly there are good and bad shelters, but not because of what Ms. Brown terms "no-kill policies."

Marianne Pearlman

Columbia