The Good: North Carolina’s Robeson Animal Shelter, which has been closed most of this month for quarantine due to distemper, re-opened for adoptions this week.
The Bad: Vaccination upon intake is still not standard protocol at Robeson and I haven’t heard whether they implemented any of the recommended changes from the HSUS evaluation in November 2010. That evaluation cost $5000 and was conducted by two people, one of whom regular readers know as the director of the We Play Dress Up with Drugged Kitties Shelter in Charlotte. The suggestions seem to be sound, especially the parts about not spraying out runs with dogs in them (Hello, Memphis?) and separating sick pets from healthy ones – but the folks in charge at the state level rated the report a meh. And thus, rampant distemper in March 2011.
The Ugly: After being open for a whopping TWO DAYS, Robeson is already marking for death a dozen dogs who rode out the quarantine. They used donated vaccines to vaccinate these dogs and even dewormed them using donated dewormer. Now they are threatening to kill them because they haven’t gotten any rescue calls about them:
You know what happens when you’re a municipal shelter and you open up after being closed for more than 2 weeks? You get a bunch of intakes. (Disclaimer: I didn’t go to Rocket Science School, this is just my layman’s opinion.)
Rescuers have been doing a good job helping to save pets at Robeson. I am hopeful these dogs will be adopted or rescued. Failing that, I guess I hope they “wake up” at the landfill, make a break for it, and find their way to someone who loves pets.