Friday, September 5, 2008
Take a good look at the picture above. The moment I took this picture I knew it never had a chance of making it into print. These are the unwanted and stray animals at the Tracy Animal Shelter that never found a new home.
They meet a very unceremonious end. A drug ends their life; the carcasses are stored in barrels in a freezer until a truck arrives once a week to take their bodies to a landfill.
It’s a cold hard fact that at the cramped quarters of the shelter an animal only has so much time before it is put down to make room for the next arrivals. No one wants to see them die but it becomes a numbers game.
I went to the shelter today to take a more palatable photo for an editorial on the shelters plight. I walked the shelter kennels and found a series of sad faces waiting for anew home. I wonder how many will survive.