Sadly, unwanted animals are dumped in every state, not just Mississippi. I support the efforts of no-kill shelters, but I am also a realist. No-kill shelters need to be realistic in their adoption efforts, and realistic about the animals they save. Not all animals are adoptable due to breed temperment issues and history (medical and former living conditions), and in fact, it is very irresponsible to adopt out certain dog breeds that are statistically involved in the most attacks on humans (pits, chows, rotts, shar-peis, akitas, etc). I know people will say that the breed is not the issue, but when these type breeds show up at shelters, they have usually had a bad life, and the bad breed traits will very often show up because of former mistreatment or training them to be mean. Feral cats are also difficult adoptions, and many end up back on the street because they never turn into the sweet loving family cat. Responsible no-kill shelters should be very mindful of the animals they are putting in an adoption program, especially animals that could be adopted by families with small children or elderly family members. I just looked through a few shelter adoption websites and found way too many dogs that I would not consider family friendly. Sadly, not all dogs are adoptable, and euthanasia is preferable over adopting out a dangerous dog that kills or maims a child, or is "re-dumped" when the adopting family determines that the dog is dangerous. Too much money is spent on unadoptable dogs, when that money could be better spent on care and marketing for the truly adoptable dogs (and cats too). Also, shelters should be completing a thorough check on the adopters- and have stringent guidelines- or that pet will be back on the street and in a shelter. Not every person is or will be a good pet owner (just like some people shouldn't have kids!). In the mean time, more money needs to be spent on low cost spay/neuter programs and education. Many times, it is low income pet owners who can't afford the spay/neuter and basic vet care. Regarding the AKC, I wish they had more stingent guidlelines on breeders, and would limit the number of litters per dog. There are responsible breeders out there, but I think there are more bad than good. I am sickened by people who use their dogs as "cash dogs" and make money on litter after litter. These people need to find another way to make money, instead of pimping out their *****, literally. As I said, I am a realist. I am an animal lover, but with pet ownership comes a lot of responsibility. People in the business of placing animals into adoptive homes have a huge responsibility to both the pet and the adopting family, and a bleeding heart won't be effective. We need to look at this issue from all sides.