All meetings are held on Wednesday evenings at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue, 38111 in meeting room A from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13.
Memphis area residents, please do the best you can for your community’s pets. If the best you can do is show up in support of the shelter pets and listen silently – that’s good enough. Please do that. If you feel motivated to make a protest sign in support of the shelter pets and carry it to the meeting – that’s good too. Please do that. If you feel you can stand up and speak for the shelter pets (assuming there is a public commentary portion of the meeting) – also welcome. Please do that. Anything will help. The idea is to let the city know that the people of Memphis do care about their community’s pets, despite what shelter officials and the Mayor say.
- Demand better care for pets at the shelter – including vaccination upon intake across the board and standard, humane cleaning practices to prevent disease transmission.
- A change in shelter leadership – leaders whose interest in saving all healthy/treatable pets will determine shelter policies and procedures
- Share this no kill primer with everyone connected to the shelter. You can e-mail the link or print out hard copies.
In addition to attending the monthly meetings, please also contact the following entities with your concerns. Keep your letters respectful and succinct. (Thanks to reader Tell the Truth for providing these contacts):
Mayor Wharton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Hooks, Director, Public Services and Neighborhoods: email@example.com
Matthew Pepper, Director, Memphis Animal Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do attend the April 13 meeting, please don’t expect an overnight miracle. You will need to keep attending the monthly meetings in order for the city to get the idea that people are concerned and the issue is not going away. Please let us know how the meeting goes and if there is anything this blog can do to help. I’m in it for the long haul too.