IamA veterinary student who just got back from working at an animal shelter in India, which has a policy of not euthanizing anything for any reason. AMA!
I'm about to enter my final year in vet school and decided to get some work experience at a shelter in India.
The shelter is funded by Jains, who believe it is wrong to kill any animal for any reason (even killing a fly is not allowed). As a result, the shelter is filled with extremely injured animals, like paralyzed dogs/monkeys, those with multiple broken limbs/open joints, even confirmed rabies cases were left to die of 'natural causes.'
The shelter mainly deals with street animals that are brought in by well meaning people from the area, and also responds to calls dealing with street animals in the city itself with a mobile clinic. We dealt with an extremely diverse number of species, including goats, cows, hawks, monkeys, turtles, etc.
Overall it was a very positive experience for me, but it was certainly a very difficult time emotionally as well. AMA!
(proof sent to mods since I'd rather not name the organization publicly)
and here's two small albums of some of the cases I saw. Warning, graphic and upsetting. http://imgur.com/a/WNwMP
Edit okay bedtime for me. this has been enjoyable. I'll answer more questions in the morning, if there are any.