When pet advocates began asking questions about 41 dogs transported north from a SC shelter by the ASPCA in November, some peeps took to kerfufflin’. That’s presumably why the ASPCA put out a release on its website making sure that everyone knew these 41 dogs were all alive and (mostly all) adopted. That’s great for those 41 dogs. But the primary concern pet advocates had was that the shelters these dogs were sent to kill pets. As such, whether or not any of these 41 pets were killed does not address the concern here.
To truly put this alleged rescue into perspective, we would need to know more information than the ASPCA is giving us. They want us to remember one number: 41. That’s how many dogs they say were rescued in this transport. But the 41 figure has no context because we don’t know the number of pets who were killed at any of these shelters in preparation for their arrival nor do we know how many pets were killed during their stay (November and December).
The 3 shelters who accepted these dogs are:
- Capital Area Humane Society, Hilliard, OH – Site does not appear to be current; mentions an intention to become a limited admission shelter in 2009; has some old, scattered figures for adoptions but not for total intake or number killed
- Bay Area Humane Society, Green Bay, WI (32% kill rate in 2010) – This site does have monthly reports but there are no reports posted for November or December 2011.
- Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley, MN (33% kill rate in 2010) -The site offers a complicated annual report but it runs on a fiscal year, not a calendar year; no reports posted for November or December 2011
Can anyone request complete intake & outcome stats for the months of November and December 2011 from any of these three facilities? Unless we find out about whatever killings took place during this time period, there is simply no way to put the ASPCA’s claim of 41 dogs rescued into context.