It is mind boggling to me that MAS is closed every Sunday, leaving only one weekend day – the busiest time for adoptions – for the public to access the pound. Yesterday (Saturday), the gates at MAS were locked. No signs were visible explaining the closure. No advance announcements had been made to the public. Callers were placed on hold and never helped. Dozens of adopters, foster owners and other visitors to MAS were forced to yell through the locked gates to workers in the parking lot for answers. They received none. This was the first Saturday at the new location and the first since the scathing report of the rotary club was published. The city’s reaction? Hide.
Meanwhile yesterday, local advocates marched in a protest led by SOS Memphis.
ABC24 ran a segment explaining that the previous shelter advisory board had been bringing the same concerns as those found in the recent rotary club audit to the city for years. They were ignored.
An editorial in the local paper offered:
And although the establishment of a no-kill policy at the Memphis Animal Shelter presents a huge challenge, a commitment to work toward that goal would help the administration of Mayor A C Wharton enhance its credibility on the issue.
That means better transparency, better enforcement of existing ordinances, a more aggressive spay-neuter program, more volunteer recruitment, more foster care, more adoptions, more encouragement for people who want to give up their animals to keep them instead, more socialization of abandoned animals — a series of steps that would show Memphis is committed to a humane approach.
Sounds reasonable to me. Will city leaders in Memphis finally say “enough is enough” and demand an end to the ongoing travesty that is MAS?