“Never underestimate that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
In order to protest the killing of healthy/treatable pets at MAS today, a few readers have organized a last minute silent vigil at the pound. If you are in the Memphis area, please join them. If you are unable to be there in person, leave a message of support for the protesters in the comments. I will update this thread throughout the day with any MAS related news. Please REFRESH the page periodically to show updates.
Update #1: I heard from Memphis pet advocate Jody that she went by MAS yesterday for about 10 minutes to see if the place was really turning away adopters for the pet killing class. She reports she saw 4 cars leaving in the time she was there. She flagged down 2 of them. The occupants of both cars told Jody they had gone to MAS to adopt. After learning that the place was closed for a pet killing class, one woman “said that made her heart hurt and she was sick to her stomach”. I too feel sick knowing that some of the pets being killed in the practical today might have been adopted yesterday if only MAS would have opened its doors to the public.
Update #2: Here are the directions to the pound (via Petfinder) for anyone wanting to join the protest today:
The shelter is at I-40 and Appling Road. You take the Appling North exit off I-40. There is a Shell station on the North East corner of the I-40/Appling Road junction. You take the road across from the Shell Station (looks like a service road). Once on that road you can see the new Inspection Station on the right and the shelter is right across the street. (The directions on GPS systems are always not accurate.)
Update #3: From the MAS website, this “explanation” for why the pound turned away adopters yesterday so they could put the staff through a pet killing class:
Let’s be clear: MAS does not “have to” kill healthy/treatable pets for population control. No shelter does. There are open admission no kill shelters all over the country doing the hard work to prove that every day. Memphis too could be a no kill community. All they have to do is stop lying to the public, stop turning caring citizens away, and stop the killing.
Update #4: Bringing up from the comments:
January 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm
OK, I have news channel 3 who wants to come out, wants a contact person on the ground to speak with. I am calling press in Memphis but am out of state. can someone let me know a contact of who is onsite?
Update #5: Per Linda’s comment, 3 women from out of town showed up with signs to protest the needless killings at MAS today. The media showed up too. And the practical was changed from killing pets to performing heartworm tests. THIS is what a grassroots movement looks like. THIS is the power of one person (and two more!) being willing to take a stand. Lives were saved today. It’s not permanent change at MAS but for the pets who weren’t killed today, it’s everything. THANK YOU. Out of town agitators ROCK! I couldn’t be more grateful to have such dedicated and compassionate readers. I’ll be lighting a candle in honor of you three ladies.