Many of you have helped network Calvin, a dog at the Memphis pound we would like to see leave by the front door. Jody Fisher had placed a hold on him until Saturday and went to MAS on that day to extend the hold so we can continue to try to find a placement for him. She was prepared to pay the $15/day boarding fee MAS had previously advised her would be required to hold dogs. However, when she got there, she was advised there was no one there with the authority to extend the hold on Calvin and to contact interim director James Rogers. She sent the following e-mail Saturday afternoon:
I would like to extend my hold on this dog through next Thursday, October 11th. I was there today and wanted to discuss this with either you or Terry Gibson, but neither of you were present.
Thank you in advance. We are working diligently on finding him a home.
Today, Jody received the following reply:
Date: October 8, 2012 8:47:09 AM CDT
To: Jody Fisher, <email@example.com>
Cc: <Janet.Hooks@memphistn.gov>, <LaSonya.Hall@memphistn.gov>, <Pamela.Carter@memphistn.gov>, <Rebecca.Coleman@memphistn.gov>, <DeKeishia.Tunstall@memphistn.gov>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: ID# 246495
I will honor your request with a hold until Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:45 p.m. for the animal ID number listed.
You must either adopt the animal or acquire a transfer of the animal at that time and board him/her at a private facility.
The MAS Policy Manual does not allow for a non-owner to put a hold on an animal. MAS will discontinue this practice that is not policy driven.
The animal ID # 246495 was due out on September 27, 2012. Today is October 8, 2012 and you have not acted on your first request.
I cannot house animals while you try to network a new home for the animal. You are taking space that rightly should be for other animals.
You can work diligently as the adopter of the animal and take as long as you like with the animal boarded at a private facility.
Your cooperation is expected and appreciated.
James M. Rogers
Thanks for reading the latest edition of The Special MAS Rules that Only Apply to Jody Fisher and are Made Up on the Spot.
Please share Calvin with your pet loving friends since we only have until tomorrow to save him. Because Calvin can’t be housed in a cage while we try to do Mr. Rogers’ job for him. MAS needs that cage for another pet because if they don’t use Calvin’s cage for that next pet, they’d have to start using some of their empty cages, which sounds like work. As does listing Calvin on Petfinder and Facebook, taking him to offsite adoption events, and aggressively marketing him through other means – which is presumably why MAS hasn’t done any of that.
As usual, it’s up to the irresponsible public to truly shelter Calvin because the “shelter” being paid to do it just won’t. What they will do however is haul him to the kill room and inject him with Fatal Plus, just like they do most of their animals. Because that is in the policy manual.