After posting yesterday about Truffles, I heard from some additional animal advocates who are concerned about killings at the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby Co, a private shelter in TN. Apparently the planned killing of Truffles is not an isolated incident.
Joy is another dog who is reportedly going to be killed by the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby Co. I don’t know why the HS would kill either Toffee or Joy. I still haven’t received any response from the HS so I haven’t been able to ask them for their side of the story.
In addition to these alleged planned killings, there have reportedly been dozens of other dogs killed in the past year or so at the HS. They were all apparently longtime residents of the shelter and many of them were part of a HS program called Anakin’s Buddies:
[T]he Humane Society launched the Anakin’s Buddies program, which allows volunteer dog walkers to sponsor the adoption fee for a rescued animal at the humane society.
Many of the Anakin’s Buddies dogs have called the humane society home for several years, and volunteers cannot understand why no one has adopted them. As a result, many of them sponsor more than one dog. “When a volunteer sponsors a dog, they are basically vouching for that dog,” said Kelly Jo Graves, executive manager. “Every Anakin’s Buddy is sponsored by a dog walker who knows them well and has bonded strongly with them.”
Animal advocates allege that after accepting the funds to cover the adoption fees for the dogs in the program, the HS kills some of them and pockets the cash. Four dogs allegedly killed under these circumstances:
Again, I have been unable to ask the HS about these allegations since they have not responded to my queries. I am not an attorney but if the accusations of pocketing cash paid by volunteers, purportedly to help dogs get adopted who are instead killed, are accurate, it sounds like fraud to me. It reminds me of Boggs Mountain, the place in GA that was scamming financial sponsorships from the public for dogs they were taking over to the pound to be killed. This is the first time I have heard of a shelter allegedly scamming money from its own volunteers. I think they call this Rock Bottom.
Is there anyone willing to advocate for Toffee, Joy and Truffles? Tell the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby Co, in polite terms, that all dogs have a right to live and that killing healthy/treatable pets is inconsistent with their mission as a so-called humane society. Remember to keep your comments respectful. We can condemn the allegations of wrongdoing in the strongest possible terms while maintaining civility.
“No animal is here because of bad things it’s done.” – Sue Putnam, HS volunteer credited with starting the Anakin’s Buddies program