Animals Euthanized Unnecessarily by Sacramento SPCA
Burt & Ernie were little kittens that were dumped outside of a store in 2004 – each very ill with a toxic plastic flea collar around their neck and clinging to life. Animal Rescue League (ARL) took them in, cared for them, and loved them. When they were about 5 months old these two brothers were adopted together.
ARL was recently notified, by mail that both cats were taken to the Sacramento SPCA earlier this month and owner-surrendered to be euthanized. We have no explanation as to why the family made this choice nor did the family comply with our contract which states that “the animal(s) may be returned to Animal Rescue League at any time for any reason. The animal(s) may not be taken to a shelter”.
The cats were scanned at the Sacramento SPCA showing Animal Rescue League to be a contact agency but we did not receive a call advising us that Burt & Ernie was dropped off. Instead letters were received 6 days AFTER Burt and Ernie were euthanized advising us of the situation. We are heartbroken that we did not have a chance to possibly save these beautiful brothers.
After speaking with the Sacramento SPCA we were told that Burt and Ernie were euthanized because of their age… 11 years old for a cat is NOT OLD!… Cats can live much longer!!!
A lot of organizations, like the Sacramento SPCA, have criteria regarding the euthanization of older animals because they believe they are too old to be put up for adoption and no one would want them. In fact, ARL has adopted many older animals to good homes. Animals, like people, have value. We don’t discard them just because they’re old.
While ARL cannot dictate to other groups what their euthanization or adoption policies should be we do think some effort should have been made by the Sacramento SPCA to call us and give us the opportunity to save Burt and Ernie.
And folks, WE ARE VERY ANGRY! Euthanizing an animal just due to age is not acceptable to us. We do not understand why these animals were euthanized and why ARL was not contacted until after the fact. The Sacramento SPCA did scan the animals and had an alternative to euthanize and did not use it. These animals could have been SAVED if we were contacted.
In the end, what are we asking here? Why would Sacramento SPCA do this especially since there was an alternative to save the animals? Have other rescues or individuals had this happen to them?
Please comment and let us know what you think because we think this is very wrong.