Tonight on the blog’s Facebook page, someone claiming to be Memphis ACO Glenn Andrews left a lengthy comment. This is my response.
Dear Glenn Andrews,
I’m going to answer your questions about shelter issues here. I won’t be addressing the other comments that have nothing to do with animals.
You asked about Mario and why I haven’t posted any updates on him. You may have missed the most recent update from March. He is doing well at the sanctuary and I am grateful to Steve Markwell for believing in Mario. Every day that Mario is alive to feel the sun on his face and sleep peacefully in a safe environment is a good day.
You asked if I believe the people in Memphis can handle their own affairs. I do believe in the people of Memphis and I have blogged about this many times. More to the point, I believe in you, Glenn. Many of my readers have met you in person and every one of them has reported back that you seem to sincerely care about the animals. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you myself obviously but I trust my readers’ judgment.
I made a donation to the No Kill Advocacy Center some months back when they were running a promotion and gave them your name and the shelter’s mailing address for where to send a copy of Nathan Winograd’s book Redemption. I asked that they send it anonymously because I feared you might have some bias against the information in the book if you saw it came from me. I hope you received it and have had a chance to read it. My reason for sending it was because, as someone who cares about saving shelter pets, I knew you would likely be interested to read how it is possible to save every healthy/treatable pet at your shelter. And I hoped you might be inspired to use your leadership skills to take action on some of the key steps outlined in the book.
If you are interested in learning more, there is a wealth of free information available online. I would suggest this guide, among many others. If I can support you in any way, please let me know. You can comment on the blog anonymously. You can also e-mail me anonymously if you choose. I can help network your least adoptable animals, share pleas with the public about special circumstances at the shelter, assist with fundraising – anything that can be done via computer from another state, I’m willing to do it.