Steve Markwell has become one of my heroes in a very short time. He was so helpful in getting Mari(o) out of MAS and his dedication to saving the dogs many people “would rather see dead” is inspiring. He has recently posted the story of Mario’s rescue from his own perspective and even if you followed events here as they unfolded, it’s well worth reading.
MAS is widely considered the worst shelter in America, although there are plenty of contenders to that title. […] There have been promises of reform, steps taken, and little tangible improvement in Memphis. The webcams that were installed in the shelter were supposed to show the public that MAS staff were doing a good job, treating the animals well, and that things were getting better. Unfortunately they merely revealed more abuse, more substandard care, and in the end, city employees filed a grievance, stating that the cameras made them feel unsafe. That’s right, the city employees were afraid that they might face retribution for their animal abuse caught on video, and their solution was not to stop abusing the animals, but rather, to remove the cameras. The city agreed with them.
Olympic Animal Sanctuary is raising funds for a cross country trip to pick up several dogs who can not be flown for one reason or another and bring them back to Washington. Mario is one of the dogs waiting for a ride home. If you are able to contribute towards this trip, please either donate online or mail a check to:
Olympic Animal Sanctuary
1021 Russell Rd.
Forks, WA 98331
Let them know your donation is to help get Mario home. Thank you.