Memphis rescuer Villy Ellinger contacted Memphis Animal Shelter last week about the red point Siamese pictured above, ID 224095. The cat had been picked up as a stray on 3/22/2011 and was made available for adoption on Saturday, 3/26/2011. The shelter was closed on Sunday (3/27) and Monday (3/28). From Ms. Ellinger:
On Saturday I spoke with a shelter employee who put notes in the computer that our rescue will take the cat. On Tuesday (3/29), the first shelter work day after the cat was made available for adoption, the animal was euthanized.
I was not told why they euthanized the cat. The cat was not sick on Saturday. I was never called to be told that he was sick. Also, he was already neutered, so he didn’t need surgery to be released from the shelter.
On Saturday I was told over the phone that the shelter staff was too busy to vaccinate and test the cat because of the distemper outbreak and the mass euthanasias they were performing, I suppose. I was told that even if I paid for the cat on Saturday he still won’t be ready (tested and vaccinated) until Tuesday when the shelter reopens.
On Tuesday late afternoon when I got there the cat had been euthanized. The notes to “not kill” the cat were still in the system. I was told that it might have been an oversight, but no one offered to investigate.
Usually I am called if an animal we have on “do not kill” gets sick. I think that this was a careless mistake on the part of the shelter, which is very indicative of the operations there.
The shelter is so busy killing that no one can be bothered to prep a cat for release to rescue. And then the cat ends up being killed and no one at the shelter knows or cares what happened. As sad as that story makes me, it gets worse. More from Ms. Ellinger:
I was also trying to find two dogs [IDs 224322 and 224323]. The employees looked up the IDs and told me that the computer system was showing that the animals are at the shelter. However they could not find the animals or what happened to them. The next day, I was told that “most likely” the animals were transferred to another rescue and that the transfer was not properly documented.
Most likely. Let’s look at the MAS stats for 2010 and see what might qualify as a “most likely” outcome for a pet there.
- Killed: 77%
- Returned to Owner: 6%
- Died in cage: 2.3%
- Transferred: 1.6%
Thank you Ms. Ellinger for speaking out and for saving lives at MAS. Thank you to all the rescuers who are helping pets escape this “shelter”.
Memphis, please – stop the killing.