It seems my last post on the Chicago pound was unpopular with the pet killing enablers there. Which is – you know, yay. But it resulted in a very politely worded and professional nastygram from the FOIA officer, received with my latest batch of records. The Chicago pound wants me to know how proud they are of the fact that roughly half the pets who come in the front door leave in garbage bags:
They are working tirelessly to get approximately half the pets to the kill room. But don’t criticize, we’re all on the same team, there’s no I in KILL. OK, there is – but only one! I mean, some words have two Is and other letters and stuff.
Regarding their marketing fails on Petharbor, the FOIA officer writes:
Petharbor.com is the primary resource available for citizens looking for lost pets and not for the general public looking to adopt.
I asked what the primary online resource is for people looking to adopt but received no response. I checked Petfinder but Chicago ACC only has 44 dogs and 17 cats listed there so obviously that’s not it. The “Friends” of the pound use Petango to list adoptables where there are 55 cats and a dozen dogs listed so that’s not it either. The pound’s own website says:
Go to Petharbor.com if you want to adopt. D’oh!
The letter does state that “volunteers maintain a social media presence to advertise to potential adopters” so I checked Facebook. I could not determine how many pets are being marketed on the FB page because it’s a hot mess. But it appears to be a small number. This is a recent post on the page:
Orphaned kittens left in a cage for 5 days. One surviving kitten asleep on his dead littermate.
Say, did I mention they’re only killing about half the pets?
I’d like to go back to Petharbor now please.