Per information posted by the “Friends” of the Memphis pound, MAS will only be open for adoption Tuesday through Thursday this week and then it will be closed for adoptions until November 18, when the new facility is scheduled to open. A request for fosters has been issued to house pets during this closure – but only for the lucky few pets who have been selected for adoption. The vast majority of dogs at MAS (those housed in the stray area) remain locked away from the public, with no online postings, and the public will not be allowed to foster them during the closure.
I asked MAS management and Memphis city officials for clarification on what will happen to the dogs in the stray area and specifically, whether they will be moved to the new building. No response.
The only way anyone has been able to see the dogs in the stray area at MAS is via the webcams. The webcams were installed by Mayor Wharton because of allegations of neglect and abuse at MAS in 2009. He promised transparency and accountability to the public. Now, in removing the webcams, the city is not only failing to uphold its promise and obligation of transparency to the public, it is further attempting to hide completely the fate of the dogs in the stray area.
This is unacceptable. Every dog in the stray area at MAS has a right to live. The city has failed to reform the pound and conditions appear to be just as bad as when Mayor Wharton ordered the webcams installed in 2009. Let city officials in Memphis know what you think about the removal of the webcams. Ask what will happen to the dogs in the stray area and if every dog who is in the stray area this week will be moved to the new building. Remind them that those dogs are wanted, loved and deserve to live.
Phone and fax numbers are on this page. Here is a list of e-mail addresses you can copy and paste into your letters if you choose to e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, MASBoard@memphistn.gov, Berlin.Boyd@memphistn.gov, Bill.Boyd@memphistn.gov, email@example.com, Myron.Lowery@memphistn.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Joe.Brown@memphistn.gov, email@example.com, Kemp.Conrad@memphistn.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Jim.Strickland@memphistn.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
As always, keep your letters succinct and respectful. Request the courtesy of a reply. Let us know if you receive one.