The Lampasas Animal Shelter is a public facility in Texas. Here is what they write on their Petfinder page:
The shelter’s adoption hours are Monday-Friday from 10am until 5pm and Saturday from 9am until 11:30. All adopters must past [sic] an application prior to seeing the animals.
To me, this doesn’t sound widely welcoming and conducive to getting people in the doors to adopt pets. I mean, if you’re trying to get pets out the front door and into homes, don’t you want to be open lots of hours when working people can come in? And why on earth would you want to make someone jump through hoops before even allowing them to LOOK AT your pets? That’s going to discourage many people including those who are hearing impaired, those whose English is not fluent, and people who just don’t want to provide all kinds of personal information before they even see if your shelter has a pet that might be a good match for them.
Perhaps it’s not all that surprising to learn that the Lampasas shelter director supports a proposed county ordinance that “would require everyone in the county with more four or more cats or dogs to register for a $40 permit with the Lampasas Animal Shelter. By registering, individuals would be agreeing to subject their property to periodic inspections by county inspectors”.
And the potential consequences of these friendly neighborhood inspections?:
Anyone found either abusing animals or having more than they registered for could be ordered to surrender them to the county.
Oh ugh. Why don’t they just pass an ordinance called “Something Else to Discourage People from Fostering, Adopting, and Taking in Strays While We Increase Killing at Our Local Shelter and Allow More Strays to Suffer on the Streets”? At least that ordinance would have a shred of sensibility to it in that it would do what the name says.
If this ordinance is passed, county residents who want to continue rescuing community pets will either have to go underground and become outlaws or move to a county that doesn’t have a shelter with a bunch of power tripping yahoos salivating at the thought of violating their neighbors’ fourth amendment rights. Oh and sorry Lampasas Co pets in need, sucks being you.