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Humanitarians beware: Dog euthanasia Web site


If you're a dog lover, you will both hate and love the Web site Dogsindanger.com. Why? This site was created to help find homes for dogs who are on the waiting list to be euthanized. See the Reuters' article: "New Web site: Adopt this dog or he will die."

Pros: This is a great site because it appeals to people's emotions and helps foster dogs faster than if people weren't aware of the animals' imminent threat of death. One of the tabs on the site is labeled Success Stories, and you can quickly glance through pictures of the dogs who were adopted before their e-date (that's e for euthanized, in this case).

Cons: This is a horrible site because it appeals to people's emotions and makes you feel like absolute scum for not being able to adopt every single dog on the site and save them from the imminent threat of death. One of the tabs on the site is labeled In Memoriam, and you can quickly glance through pictures of the dogs who were euthanized... no one wanted them, they weren't saved, and now don't you feel absolutely terrible that you didn't act sooner?!

Perhaps it's my fascination with the morbid that kept me on the site longer than I would have stayed otherwise. I conducted several dog searches, typing in various zip codes for all breeds of dogs at the widest radius available (500 miles). From the results page, you can see pictures of the dogs who are waiting to be euthanized. In fact, you can see the euthanized date, how many days they have left to live, and why they are being euthanized (not enough space in kennels being the leading factor).

After completely saturating my sensibilities, and feeling a combination of sadness and guilt, I decided I'd had enough of Dogsindanger.com. That was when I noticed the ticker at the top left of the Web site, which indicated that 130 dogs had been euthanized since I'd been reading. If you have tougher skin than me, stop by the Web site and see for yourself... maybe you could even find a dog to adopt while you're there.

Here's an image gallery of Dogsindanger.com for those of you who want a sneak peek without actually going to the site.

Would you consider adopting a dog from Dogsindanger.com?

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

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