I feel the need to correct your comment about dogs who wind up at the SPCA in Canada being problem dogs.
Having volunteered with the Victoria branch for a number of years as a walker/socializer of dogs, I know that is seldom the case. More often, it is problem owners or owners who've had a dramatic change take place in their own lives -- seniors who have to go into care (or die), crack house dogs who have never been outdoors, families who get the cute puppy to be companion to the cute new baby, people who cannot afford the medical care their aging dogs might need . . . . . . the stories and circumstances are varied and seldom have to do with the dogs themselves.
In my first three years with the Victoria SPCA, we euthanized only four dogs, as I recall, two for behaviour problems we were unable to reverse, and two for medical problems which would either be wildly expensive to treat and/or the results would be uncertain or in which the decision was made to not put aging dogs through any more trauma.
We were (are), basically, a non-kill organization; any deviation from this policy has required a tremendously detailed examination of the dog in question and deep agonizing on the parts of the employees. We volunteers were also asked for our input in three of those cases.
I did not intend this as a defence of the SPCA as I know not all branches are able to accommodate and finance as we are able to do in Victoria.
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