Sent in by reader Rebecca Barocas: Away in the Shelter (sung to Away in the Manger) Away in a shelter, concrete for a bed, A little mixed breed dog lay down his sweet head. He didn’t do nothing to get here they say, The little mixed breed dog asleep where he lay. The shelter is … Continue reading A Shelter Christmas Carol
When I heard about how UPAWS in Michigan went from an open admission shelter who killed more pets than they saved to an open admission shelter saving more than 90% of their pets, I wanted to know more. We often hear from kill shelter staff and their supporters that no kill is just not possible … Continue reading Testify!
On the morning of Black Friday, Billy said to me, "Today is going to be the best day of your life". He says things of that nature pretty regularly so I didn't give it the weight I would have if it came from say, Jeanne Dixon. In fact, I remember making a quip like, "You … Continue reading Aw crud. I love her.
Dear Shelters Who Post on Facebook et al, Do you recognize yourself in these postings? The following dogs are being removed from Petfinder as today is euth day and none of you placed holds on any of them even though we put out several pleas: Buffy, Fluffy, (etc.) We can't do adoption events because we … Continue reading An Open Letter to Kill Shelters Who Use Social Networking Sites
A newspaper in NC posted a series of pretty damning reports on the county shelter yesterday titled "Lincoln Co. Animal Dis-Services". It's a lot to digest but if you want a lesson in the politics of Good Ol' Boys and how the community's pets are negatively impacted by same, you should read all the stories. … Continue reading Lincoln Co Shelter Above the Law?
Dog killer Michael Vick would like to get a dog. And HSUS president and dog killing advocate Wayne Pacelle supports the idea. Discuss.
Some of you may have seen news of the recent high profile, celebrity driven rescue of dogs at the Harrison Co Dog Pound in OH. Although animal activists, including the out of state rescuers, attended the County Commissioners meeting last week, they weren't allowed to speak because they hadn't put in a request 9 days … Continue reading UPDATED: Harrison Co Commissioners Defend Dog Pound
You might recall the video of Susan Boyer, an employee at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg AC & C shelter, offering her view that killing pets by injection is a "morale booster" for shelter staff vs. killing them via the gas chamber. Today, I came across a different view from Tommy Morson, the AC director in Tuscumbia, AL. … Continue reading Less Killing, Tastes Great
In July, two males - aged 17 and 18 - made friends with a neighbor's cat by feeding him. Once the cat, named Tigger, trusted the two, they lured him into an apartment and threw a sheet over him: They hit and kicked the cat, bashed it with a fire extinguisher, then drowned it in … Continue reading Oregon Cat Killer Receives Probation
This is the story of the Marquette Co Humane Society in MI - but it could be your local shelter's story too. During the period from 1999-2006, the private open-admission shelter was killing 60% of the pets in their care. Their administrator had been in place for decades and was very resistant to change. The … Continue reading UPAWS: Doing It