Animals that are pets, or are accustomed to people caring for them are not able to fend for them selves. Think about turning your 5 year old child loose on the streets.. This is what it could be like for an animal that is lost or just cut loose. Scared, lonesome, hungry. Most die a long painful death, starving, illness , who knows what else. A pound will try to find them homes, feed and care for them for as long as they can. Putting them down is not what they are there for. If a pound takes in 121 animals, which they do here in Phoenix, az, it is not possible to care for all the animals who are not adopted. It is a very hard and sad thing to have to do. SPAY AND NUTER your pets so you do not contribute to this problem.