Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE) works closely with the Chatham County Animal Shelter (CCAS) in Pittsboro, but is not officially affiliated with them. However, many of the dogs and cats in the CARE foster network were 'pulled' from CCAS by CARE volunteers. Note that while CARE is a private network of foster homes, CCAS is a county-run animal shelter that does not have a no-kill policy.
Euthanasia is a big word for a horrible reality, one that every animal lover wishes could be referred to in the past tense. But, before condemnation, realize that the ability to run a no-kill shelter that must accept all strays brought in is overwhelmingly the responsibility of the public to practice responsible pet guardianship, including committment to spaying and neutering. This country has not owned up to this responsibility, and thus animals stream into the shelter:
- "We have a new baby and need to get rid of the cat."
- "We wanted our children to experience the miracle of birth, but could not find homes for all the puppies."
- "We are moving and can't take the dog with us."
- "This dog keeps chewing things up...while we leave him at home all day."
- "I just got divorced and can not keep the dog."
- "My mother died and we can not take her cat."
- "Our son poked the dog in the eye and he barked at him...we are afraid to keep him."
- "I read that cats suck the breath from sleeping babies."
- "The cat is pregnant, again, and we can not have any more cats around."
- ...and so on.
It would be great if there was room for every animal that came in, but of course there isn't. There are only two ways to make more room: have an existing dog or cat adopted out, or apply that horrible word discussed earlier. CARE is a no-kill organization, but it is very important to remember that CARE does not HAVE to take in any homeless animals; CCAS does.
- NC state law requires public animals shelter to hold STRAY animals (animals with no known owner) only 72 hours. Some public shelters, like CCAS, hold them up to five days.
- There is no legal requirement that animals SURRENDERED BY THEIR OWNERS be kept at all.
- Many shelters keep as many healthy adoptable surrendered pets as they can accomodate.