Dear Editor: You published an article stating that 'for the past three months, no healthy animals were euthanized at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter � a record for the facility.'
However, that is not true. They have been killing cats trapped at the university all month long and have two there right now [March 27]. These are healthy animals, just not adoptable because they are feral. When I asked if I could get them and have them spayed and neutered and released, Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter refused, saying they can't release feral animals. This is not humane and needs to change, especially since they accepted Maddie's Fund money to become a no-kill facility.
I can't believe that the city of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama endorse such inhumane treatment of animals, taking animals there routinely to be euthanized. Many cities and schools nationwide have adopted real no-kill policies, which include feral cats. Auburn University has a cat trap program, 'Operation Cat Nap, Respect for Life.' They implemented this feral cat trap-neuter-return program to control the cat population on campus humanely. So, let's set the record straight. Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter is not a no-kill facility. Not for the past three months as you reported, and not this month.
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My dog, Duke, was a shelter dog here at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter. This past spring my parents came down for my sorority’s family weekend and of course I needed to rent a dog with them. We got to the shelter early because I knew it would be packed on a beautiful Friday and I wanted to pick a great dog for my parents. Sadly as I walked down the aisles of dogs, they were all chosen…except one. Duke, previously known as Abraham, was a 5-year-old pit bull with muscles bigger than what most humans have and a continuous bark. My mom was hesitant but I refused to leave the shelter without a dog. We rented him and we fell in love. He was gentle, loving, and obedient. I later found out he was going to be put down soon if no one adopted him and I couldn’t let them put him down knowing I had a home for him. I went ahead and adopted him the following week. I am thankful for Happy Hour because without it I may not have ever met Duke. Many people would pass over his crate because he seemed aggressive and barked so much, but people need to understand these dogs are locked up in a crate so what else do you expect them to do. Don’t judge a dog by their behavior in the crate, rent them and truly see what they are all about. He may be a 5-year-old pit bull on the outside, but he’s a harmless puppy on the inside.
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