17 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. I’m sure you have already written about transporting dogs, but I don’t see it. Can you give me a hint where I might find it? If you haven’t done a story on transporting, I sure would like to hear your thoughts on the subject. I value your opinions and share your thoughts with others. You are making a difference, and you are not alone in your viewpoint! Thank You so much for what you do, Scott Harper

    1. Thanks for your comment Scott. I have changed my view on transport over time from mostly supportive to mostly unsupportive. The reasons are many: I believe we should be adopting out the pets already in shelters before importing more, even if the pets already in the shelters are considered challenging to place. Transport often seems to be done wrong, putting free, unvetted shelter animals on trucks from the south and selling them for enormous profits in New England parking lots. I am 100% opposed to any facility that kills animals importing more for any reason.

      I’ve written about this topic before, including these:


      1. We were involved with the first mass transport from our shelter in Fayetteville AR. Their destination was the Humane Society in MN. We were told they would have all the time they needed to find a home and that there was a shortage of dogs up north. Afterwards we felt uneasy about what had taken place and started doing some follow up research ourselves and was horrified when we found this destination shelter had a higher kill rate than ours and there is no shortage of dogs up north! If the same time, money and energy was invested in these same animals, I’m sure they could find a home locally and would then become part of the solution in your community by being altered. I think the transport company’s are very much to blame as well for many people rely on them for information regarding destination shelters or rescues. Short version, I’m not for them anymore either. Look forward to reading your post & Thanks Again for what you do!

  2. UPAWS takes transfers from Kill Shelters in MI and at times WI that ask us and need help. We don’t pay for transfers. The majority of the dogs we help are on a kill list at the other shelters. Today we are helping another MI shelter (Cheboygan) with 6 dogs because they have a huge hoarder case with 30 dogs. They (Cheboygan) is out of room so instead of killing they asked us for help. We are taking middle age to older dogs that have been there awhile, a big silly Hound (love), and one is possibly blind Senior Lab and will need cataract surgery. We helped them a few weeks ago since the were full and over came the beagle Porter, pitbull Tater Chip (love!), a 7 year old large mix and a few more. All adopted but one but he will find his home too.

    Last week we took from a shelter (who we have worked with for years – they also help us with our bunnies as sometimes we get a lot of bunnies so they transfer and we trade with dogs as they have folks waiting to adopt bunnies). Anyway, last week they asked our Manager Lareina if we could help with Ike – a Plott Hound that had been at their shelter 5 months and was really needing a a break. Very good boy, only 1 year ad 5 months and the poor guy was just goofy, silly, big and needing training. So over came Ike. We make him our Deb’s Dog of the Month for January (a program established for (UPAWS) in memory of Deb Danielson by her family.) Giving him an extra boost to market. New shelter, new photos, new bio…and new home, yup within a week, Ike was really needed that new exposure, new community.
    Here is his link on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=704992012868377&set=pb.180470615320522.-2207520000.1391612135.&type=3&theater

  3. As we all know, Memphis Animal Services euthanizes well over 10,000 dogs a year and very few have any kind of sedation at all. Can you imagine the fear in the dogs as they are lined up to be killed? What can be done to convince the mayor and city officials that this is indeed another black mark on the fair city of Memphis? We would like to see some hint that a plan is in place to lower the number of killings that occur there every year. Maybe it will never be a no kill, but what’s wrong with setting a goal of having it be a low kill facility with numbers gradually reducing year by year until this goal has been achieved? We just don’t see any progress being made in this city. It makes me want to move; however, I am compelled to help with this horrific problem!

    1. Ben, are you in contact with other local advocates? I know Memphis Pets Alive! shares your revulsion of what’s going on at MAS…

  4. Colorado is making some headway against people that want to kill animals. Colorado is not a pet’s paradise, but I like to throw out the victories because we need to remember that progress I made and we should never forget that. Otherwise we may give up.
    The city of Antonito got a great boost from ARCC (Animal Rescue of Conejos County). https://www.facebook.com/AnimalRescueConejosCounty
    This one woman rescue partnered with organizations across the state. In a small rural town of 800 there were about 100 unwanted dogs, most of them strays. After jsut a few months, 30 dogs have been transferred and over 100 animals spayed/neutered.
    The ballot initiative to add CAPA language to the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act is still getting expected resistance about warehousing, long term shelter stays, and generally, keeping them alive when, you know, what’s the point? A second draft has gone to the state to try to get more acceptance so it can go the next step.
    The city of Aurora just outside of Denver is reconsidering the Pit Bull BSL law. This is also getting the typical opposition based in just about anything but fact.
    One Article here:
    But this blog post is far more useful:
    And Denver is going to bring Nathan Winograd for a Denver premier of Redemption and a presentation this summer. Tickets will be available soon.

    1. I like the comment “you made him, now you’re responsible for him”. I find it hard to believe that they can’t simply neuter a giraffe to “prevent inbreeding”.

  5. My device won’t let me respond to Shirley’s “OPPOSED column” comment above. Wanted to note that the NY Times has picked up the giraffe story. If the link below doesn’t work, search at the Times site on “Anger Erupts Over a Danish Zoo’s Decision to Put Down a Giraffe.”


  6. We have lost our ‘human’ity – from the comments by the zoo official, it was no big deal. And to allow young children to watch the butchering of an animal like that is . . . horrible. You can tell from their faces how nasty that must have been for them. How have we come to the place where life is so disposable?

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