The animals that receive pardons this week will not be euthanized, barring any medical or serious temperament issues, Miller said. The animals are tracked and promoted by the Smiths, even after the pardon week has concluded.
“Janet and Shane Smith are emphasizing a critical point for our community,” Miller said. “An open-admission shelter, such as the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, accepts all the pets people bring to us and all the pets our officers save from the streets. We cannot say ‘no, sorry, we’re all filled up today’ to the public. With that in mind, we are forced to perform humane euthanasia and sometimes people forget about that – or they want to forget about it.”
Miller said the Shane’s War campaign reminds everyone about euthanasia and keeps the unpleasant subject in the public’s attention. And, he said, this is not just a pet-owner matter, but something all community members should share and discuss.
“Make no mistake about it, pets are euthanized and that is a shame,” Miller said. “We want everyone to know that we need their help. This is a war we wage all fifty-two weeks during the year. If more pet owners spayed and neutered their dogs and cats, fewer animals would end up at shelters and face an uncertain future. We know we can win this battle one day if everyone joins with us in educating all their friends, family members and neighbors.”
Part of the mission behind the Shane’s War campaign is to rally rescue-group organizations to make an extra effort during the pardon week to visit and save animals from the shelter. The good news is that the county shelter already works regularly with such groups, through its partnership with next-door neighbor Animal Samaritans and its Animal Alliance program. Animal Samaritans recently announced that the partnership reached the 5,000th pet saved milestone.