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    1. If you go through the link, among the photos is one with an old-fashioned wood-and-wire cat carrier. My fingers ached just looking at it – those things were heavy!

      Thanks for the link, Shirley! I didn’t know there was an entire set of photos of this series of auditions. I agree with the author, too, it’s probably for ‘Tales of Terror’ – not only because of Vincent Price, way down in the photos, but he’s with Peter Lorre and I’m pretty sure the actress is Joyce Jameson. All three were in ‘The Black Cat’ sequence in ‘Tales of Terror.’

      Or, now you know what I did through most of high school – hang out in rep houses, watching horror movies.

  1. The lack of respect shown to a young lady that worked very hard to gather petitions for a worthy cause is apparently indicative of the BLM and the House in Washington DC. They simply don’t care; they just want to do what they do without any comments from the public. Shame on them.

    1. I am amazed and delighted at her smarts, compassion and persistence.We need young people like her desperately and I am sure her parents are so very proud, and have every reason to be. And yes, most elected officials don’t care a bit but Al F. did seem to come through, I think he’s one of the good guys. Thanks so much for posting this.

  2. This is off Topic but since its an open thread.. Thoughts and prayers are needed for the director of the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society. Guy Bilyeu, Executive Director of the Humane Educational Society, was riding his bike last weekend when he had a medical emergency. Now, he’s in critical condition at Erlanger. Days later there is still no improvement. He has been a staunch advocater of creating a no kill shelter. When he first got the job the shelter had an outrageous kill rate. Mr. Bilyeu has made it a place that is no longer a horror for animals. http://www.heschatt.com/index.php

  3. Update: I received this email: It is with great sorrow and much anguish that I must inform you of Guy Bilyeu’s passing this morning. He served our community tirelessly as an advocate for animals. His passing leaves a great many of us to grieve our loss, but the work he has done will live on locally and nationally in the thousands of animal lives he has saved and the countless human lives he made better. His innovative ideas and unique management at the Humane Educational Society has laid a foundation that will carry HES into the next many decades as it continues to serve Hamilton County. We, his friends and fellow animal lovers, offer our sincerest condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.

    1. Oh I’m sorry to read this. I was just looking at the website you linked in the prior comment and noticed they used the wording “Getting to Zero” like the Australian campaign. Do you happen to know if they were modeling their programs after G2Z? I was previously unaware of any US communities using this model.

      On Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM, YesBiscuit!

  4. Update on STOP Fremont (see previous YesBiscuit article http://yesbiscuit.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/humane-society-of-fremont-co-under-investigation-by-state-of-co/).
    Small city “old boys club” continues to make change at local shelter difficult. After volunteers exposed them, management of course simply banned the volunteers putting the welfare and lives of homeless pets at risk. The board is backing the regressive management. The Humane Society of Fremont County in Canon City Colorado has been found lacking by a state regulatory agency (11 violations), the center of an investigative report on the local news, and a sheriff’s investigation. Now some investigation by the banned volunteers of this shelter have found the city attorney is married to the daughter of the veterinarian that botched spay neuters causing the suffering of dozens of dogs and the death of a t least one. One of the city council members is married to a shelter’s board member’s daughter.
    Talk about entrenched shelter management digging their heels in. One of this week’s letters to the editor of the local Canon City Daily record was written by the sister of the City attorney. How much nepotism can the banned volunteers overcome to get a compassionate director? No one is giving up, but it is a hard fight in Colorado to save lives for these homeless pets. Join the volunteers and others on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stoptheHSFC
    Help STOP Fremont from continuing down this path and hire a compassionate hard working director.

    1. The best thing they have going for them is they are a unified group and they aren’t afraid to go public. The fight for reform may be long but if they stick together, they will win.

      On Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM, YesBiscuit!

  5. Lori Baxter, the former director of the high-kill Robeson and Sampson County, NC, pounds, is threatening to take her daughter’s 3-year-old pitbull mix, Khloe, to the high-kill Pender County pound if a local rescue doesn’t take her in. The rescue, Pender Perfect Pets has posted Khloe’s photo on their Facebook page as urgent, with the message “i will be on way to Pender County Animal shelter in a week if Pender Perfect Pets cant find a foster or furever home for me:( This is for real and its serious. I am a good girl and i do not belong in a shelter as non of us fur kids do:(” Here’s the Facebook post on Khloe: http://tinyurl.com/my548vh

    Because Pender Perfect Pets is a foster-based rescue, they cannot take Khloe in unless they can find a foster home for her.

    In a comment on one post, Baxter described as “the perfect dog”:

    “She hasn’t been in a crate for years. No need for her to be. She is perfectly house trained. She isn’t destructive or a chewer. She is a very happy girl! She is generally a very calm dog, but like any dog she has her moments of excitement. She really is the perfect dog!”

    Reportedly, Baxter’s existing dog does not like Khloe, and because Khloe must spend a lot of time alone, Baxter apparently feels that Khloe would be better off in the Pender County Pound, where most of the pets are killed, if someone else doesn’t adopt her.

    Anyone who can foster or adopt Khloe should contact Leanne of Pender Perfect Pets at 910-538-0106 or email leanne@penderperfectpets.com.

    1. D Lamb, that is just the tip of the iceberg in that shelter. I used to volunteer there. The policy at the shelter is not to put an animal down unless its too sick to have quality of life, to viscous to adopt out or not enough space. There was plenty of space when I volunteered there. I went to a pod to get a dog to walk, to my shock every dog in that pod was gone. They were all black and under 2 years old. I asked the caretaker of that pod where all the dogs were. I was told they were all put down. The director of this shelter has it out for black dogs. She puts them down. I should also mention she is not a very nice person either.

      1. My daughter happened to be volunteering for HES this afternoon through an organization at UTC.

        I was googling Guy Bilyeu and ran across that article. Imagine my surprise when I saw that a vet tech at McKamey allegedly earns over $100k a year, (plus a $10K bonus). Is that one of those MAS kill bonuses? WTH?

      2. The one that makes 100k plus a 10 k bonus is Karen Walsh, LVMT, Executive Director. Guess she is in the same boat as Wayne Pacelle. Both POS in my book.

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