Feeds

Adopt this dog or we'll kill it

The no-nonsense approach to rehoming mutts

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Those among you who remember when it was all fields round here may also recall the famous January 1973 cover of National Lampoon which carried a pic of someone holding a gun to the head of a rather worried looking mutt and the headline "If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog".

Zack the dog as seen on dogsindanger.comWell, a US "nonprofit national shelter outreach program" has decided to adopt the same no-nonsense approach to selling its wares - but in this case it's for real.

Yes indeed, cue heartstring-tugging stuff down at dogsindanger.com, where visitors are greeted by a snap of some wretched canine and a reminder of just how long he or she has left before a last walk to the euthanisia room.

The group behind the hard sell is The Buddy Fund, which hopes that "highlighting the fact many unadopted dogs are euthanized by shelters with scarce space will spur people to take them in".

The fund's Alex Aliksanyan told Reuters: "This is happening ... in our country, in our back yard. It's been kept underneath a blanket of niceness and sweetness. So we said, 'Let's put the truth in front of the consumer - either do something about it, or at least realize you're a partner.'"

Aliksanyan stressed: "It's not a happy site with puppies running around. It's not meant to be that. We're taking it the other way around. We're saying these pets are going to die. Look at their faces."

And in case the pleading eyes of the Death Row inmates don't fully do the trick, dogsindanger.com throws in a continuously updated "As you are reading this x dogs have been killed" tally. That's a nationwide stat, of course, but we're pleased to announce that The Buddy Fund's animals who do suffer the "dead dawg walking" ordeal are at least afforded a suitable memorial. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it
Fondleslab-friendly beastie's wake spotted... OR WAS IT?
Japanese boffin EYES up big bucks with strap-on digi-glasses
AgencyGlass saddles user with creepy OLED display
Sleuths find nosy NORKS drones on the Chinternet
UAVs likely to have been made in the Middle Kingdom
Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise
Not exactly attractive to the Israeli tourist demographic
Dorian Nakamoto gets $23,000 payout over Bitcoin invention saga
Maintains he didn't create cryptocurrency, but will join community
Pirate Bay's 10 millionth upload: Colour us shocked, a SMUT FLICK
P2P badboys show online piracy is alive and humping
Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her
Charged with introducing .22 snubbie to penile facility. It wasn't firing blanks
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.