Great article. Why would a shelter kill a innocent cat.
Because there are too many cats and not enough room at the shelter. I work at the Humane Society here, and it is absolutely horrible the sheer number of cats that have to be euthanized because there are no other options for them. We are -always- full on cats. Always. Nobody will TAKE these cats, we will let them go for FREE if it comes down to it, but nobody comes forward. It makes me absolutely sick. The girl that chooses who the vet will euth every week has the hardest job in the world imo. She loves cats. Every cat. Far more than she loves dogs. She has four cats of her own (and 3 dogs). She does everything she can to keep every cat, but when the room is gone, someone has to go. She chooses those with the least chance of getting adopted, and in kitten season, it does sometimes have to be kittens.
Last year we had to euthanize 71% of our cats. People say "Well just DON'T" but then what are we to do with all the cats? We could refuse to take in new cats, but that would leave thousands of cats out on the streets to fend for themselves, breeding and continuing the vicious cycle. People in our society need to start VALUING the lives of cats. So many people seem to think of them as disposable vermin. Euthanizing a cat is not something anyone does because they want to. Don't blame the shelter. Blame those who don't spay and neuter their cats, those who aren't committed enough to keep the cats they have, those who let their cats out every day and never wonder when they don't come back, and those who would rather buy a kitten from a petshop (supporting cat mills who are -actually- breeding regular cats on purpose, and allowing them to CONTINUE making more cats and contributing to the problem) than taking one in need from the shelter.
Dogs are lucky. People love dogs, at least, more people than love cats. We never have to euthanize healthy dogs anymore (we used to under the old director because she refused to work with rescues - thus, she is no longer our director). When dogs come in, you know they'll be just fine. It doesn't matter their breed, age, size, color, temperament, health, there will be a home or rescue for them. There is very rarely a rescue for a cat. We weren't able to get more than one cat into a rescue last year, and that was only because the woman had come down to take a few dogs and fell in love with the cat. She adopted him herself, so it wasn't really "going to a rescue".
ETA: I am ALL FOR No-Kill, so don't get me wrong!