Just a short little blog today to get this off my chest before I tear my hair out. These are my top five words that I think should be dropped from the animal welfare vocabulary.
DUMP - As in: Those morons "dumped" their dog at the shelter. This type of negativity just breeds negativity. As pointed out in this blog by John Sibley most people are NOT irresponsible. Using negative connotations in respect to people and their pets poisons the minds of new staff and volunteers and perpetuates the cycle.
EUTHANASIA (and/or "putting to sleep") when used in the context of the shelter deaths of healthy animals. It's killing. Plain and simple.
STRAY - Kat Albrecht said it best "Think Lost, Not Stray". These are lost pets. Generally being looked for by their owners. They often fall through the cracks of the system and cost the taxpayers millions of dollars when they end up in animal control facilities. Simply changing the public perception towards them by calling them "lost pets" would help many more make it back home.
FLUSH - This deals specifically with our volunteer work of Lost Dogs of Wisconsin. Flushing is for toilets. Not dogs. Flushing lost dogs out of the bush does not work. They can run faster than people and flushing them usually either frightens them and prolongs the search or chases them into traffic where they are killed or cause an accident.
DEPOPULATE - This still gives me nightmares. Maybe we should have a "depopulation" of shelter directors who have so little respect for life that they can callously spew this word around like it is nothing.
There! Thank you. I feel so much better now. Any others that anyone wants to add?