The stray area at MAS was designated off limits to adopters by former director Matthew Pepper. Even though Mr. Pepper quit, the city has kept the dogs in the stray area locked away from the public. These dogs have no chance of being adopted or even of receiving a loving touch from a compassionate member of the public. They are kept in cages for their allotted time, never being taken outside for exercise, socialization and fresh air, forced to stay in their kennels when the workers come around with the hose, and ultimately, unless they are among the lucky few selected for the adoption hallway, are killed.
Once the city moves to the new facility and kills the public’s access to the webcams, these dogs – hundreds on any given day – will suffer and die at MAS in complete anonymity. Exactly how the city wants it. But until that day arrives, I will keep sharing their photos and calling MAS out for forcing pets to suffer, not allowing the public in to see and touch and fall in love with these dogs, and killing pets needlessly. They don’t deserve to be hidden away and killed in secrecy. They deserve to be touched by loving hands. They deserve clean food and water. They deserve a backyard and a big bone. They deserve to live.
Memphis, please – stop the killing.