Last night, I asked reader Tammy to share her experience to date regarding her efforts to help a male dog she saw on the MAS webcam. He was being housed in the stray area which is off limits to members of the public looking to adopt a pet:
I first saw his picture on the May 10th blog on YesBiscuit called “This is What Needless Killing Looks Like”. He looked to me to be a sad, white dog. Seeing him sitting there in the corner cage broke my heart and I posted a comment about finding a rescue group in Memphis so I could adopt him. The next day Shirley (YesBiscuit) contacted me with the name of a rescuer, Jody, in Memphis that would be willing to get the dog for me. I live in Versailles, KY which is over six hours away from MAS.
At this time I did not know that the dog I was looking at was in the “Stray Hold” and therefore not up for adoption. I thought I was looking at adoptable pets that were kept in their kennels and viewable to the public. Little did I know that the dog, now named Biscuit, would have to finish out his three days hold, be relinquished by his “owner” and then be temperament tested before I could adopt him? But that’s not all. It took daily e-mails and telephone calls by Jody and me to MAS to make certain they were aware that Biscuit had an adopter and that we were not going to forget about him.
Jody adopted Biscuit for me today. She got him out of that hell hole at MAS and into a wonderful doggie day care called Camp Bow Wow. He is now being spoiled and has his own room so that he will not feel confined like in his kennel. I can not thank Shirley, Jody and CBW enough. I can only give Biscuit the best home possible as show of my thanks. I believe that I will pick up Biscuit in Memphis this Thursday if transport can not be found to meet me half way.
I don’t know the politics behind the “Stray Hold” area of MAS, but I do know that for hours on end every day I scan the webcams documenting their abuse of the animals and praying tirelessly that God will have mercy on them. It brings joy that through combined efforts with two amazing women and a caring local business we were able to save Biscuit. But, it brings sadness because there’s a new dog sitting in Biscuit’s Kennel. He is sad and white too. What are we going to do about him?
Thank you Tammy for sharing your experience and especially for reaching out to help a dog you knew nothing about, except that he looked like he could use a protector. Thank you also to Jody for her assistance in making this happen and to Camp Bow Wow for donating free care and board to help an unknown dog become someone’s pet. This adoption could not have happened without the kindness and caring actions of people in the local community. It is clearly unfair for so many involved in the shelter – including Mayor Wharton – to continually paint the people of Memphis as uncaring.
Tammy writes, “What are we going to do about him?” regarding the new dog in Biscuit’s kennel. I have a suggestion and it’s something MAS could do immediately to help find homes for that dog and ALL THE PETS at the shelter: Unlock the doors to the stray areas. Use your Chameleon software to upload photos and descriptions of every pet in the shelter to Pet Harbor upon intake. Let the public know these pets are at the shelter and in need of help. A local rescuer has given you a camera. People have volunteered their services in helping to save shelter pets. What’s stopping you? What have you got to lose?