Thank you for posting this, Dragonfly. It hurts me to read it but it is too true. I've started volunteering at the shelter as well as visiting every 2 days looking for our lost cat so I am around the shelter a lot lately and have been over-hearing some stuff in the area where pets are given up by owners.
Heard one tonight that broke my heart - I think the reason was supposed to be allergies the new baby developed (the baby was there with the mom, dad, and brother so its possible that it is true). But it was so sad to see the old guy be taken to the back, tail wagging, not knowing any different. He looked old but wonderful. If I don't see him on the adoption page I will know what happened to him.. :sad: