PAWS Unveils Controversial 2016 Calendar Featuring 2015’s Euthanized Dogs
By: Fritz Algard
In a controversial attempt to raise awareness within the Philadelphia pet-owners community, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is featuring photographs of 12 euthanized pets from 2015 in its annual photographic calendar.
A spokesman for the group has referred to the calendar, which has sparked debate amongst PAWS volunteers and customers, as “a wake up call for people who are considering adopting from one of our overcrowded locations in the Philadelphia area.”
“We hope this calendar not only serves to commemorate our furry friends that didn’t make it, but also to encourage people to adopt in the upcoming year and prevent these sad situations from recurring,” the spokesman added.
Each month features a dog that was euthanized that month which is noted by the skull and crossbones on the exact date it had occurred. January features Dwane, who was euthanized on January 20th of last year:
According to PAWS, the change in tone from the local animal rights organization is part of a larger push to raise awareness in the community.
PAWS has also been implementing new protocols designed to keep potential adopters from getting cold feet, such as sending death certificates and mounted dog corpses from taxidermies to potential owners who declined adoption.