The Fight for Animal Shelters


Alivia Gutierrez, Contributor

Animal Shelters are what keep animals safe, whether it is a dog or a cat; this is a place where they should be well cared for and looked over, but that’s not always the case with some of the animal shelters. There is always going to be the ones where they do not treat any of the animals well or they are not financially stable to take care of them, which is the problem. 

Shelters are what help keep animals off the streets and well cared for, but others are just awful in general. Some of the other shelters are not financially stable, which is one of the cons of animal shelters. One of the shelters being from Peta, “They may be run by the government, local humane societies, or private individuals. Some are funded by donations alone, while others receive tax support” (Peta). With that being said, some of these that are governed by governments don’t always reach the requirements for these animal shelters. 

Another problem amongst the animal shelters is animal cruelty. There is a case in Seattle where animal cruelty has doubled since 2020.  In the article it states, “The shelter has sent 27 cases to either City of Seattle or King County prosecutors in the first ten months of 2020, the shelter said. The past five years have averaged 12 cases” ( These cases have been reported and yet this is one and many other cases that get pushed aside. Yes, sometimes people actually look into the cases of animal cruelty but for the most part they don’t really pay attention to most of the cases. 

Across the United States, animal shelters are killing dogs, one case being from North Carolina in Burks County. The rescue people from Brother Wolf rescue said, “It is very alarming to people to know that there is still a shelter only an hour away that’s killing 70 percent of the animals that walk through their doors, it’s so sad,” said Leah Craig, executive director of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue” (Wols). This is concerning; not only that 70 percent of dogs have been killed, but that this could also be happening to other places as well and we don’t know. 

In any other case, we should be able to help these animal shelters to the best of our ability. We should start donating more or we take care of these problems ourselves, and start opening up better and new places to care for the animals.