16 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Yet another dog gunned down by law enforcement. Do these guys not have any problem solving skills or ability to think outside the box? This dog is loose in a parking lot and gets in the back of an SUV – why not close it in the vehicle? Obviously not the best of circumstances, but better than being dead…


  2. I take few vacations but one year I did. My neighbor built my dogs a dog house similar to the one above wi/o the screen door but with the offset entry. Originally for my Beagles, my Coonhounds also enjoy it. It’s the best dog house I have for weather control and protection.

  3. It seems animals in the Memphis and Mid-South area cant catch a break. The Board of Directors at Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services simply does not have the wherewithal to have taken a once in a lifetime chance of increasing their services to Spay and Neuter more pets. Please read below.

    Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services to Sell Property and Focus on Education and Outreach

    A message from the Board of Directors of Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services:

    We are happy to announce that Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services (MSNS) has entered into an agreement with Garland Company Real Estate to sell a piece of property located at 5650 Mt. Moriah. In 2011, First Tennessee Bank donated this tax-deductible asset to MSNS. We are grateful to First Tennessee Bank, and thankful for the foresight of the former leadership of MSNS who arranged the acquisition so that we can now utilize the proceeds to further our mission of reducing pet overpopulation by helping more pets, and their owners, in the Memphis area.

    After thorough consultation with multiple contractors and architects, it was determined that the costs associated with improving this property for clinic relocation exceeded what MSNS considered a financially prudent use of resources. Although the building previously served as a veterinarian clinic, the property did not meet the specifications to serve as a high volume spay/neuter clinic. Best practices in the high-volume spay/neuter industry emphasize the importance of clinic layout and amenities that focuses on efficiency, which maximizes the surgical output and minimizes recovery risk for each one of the many animals served every day.

    We are currently centrally located at 854 Goodman Street, in the Normal Station area near the University of Memphis. We operate 4 days a week and have the option of expanding our days of operation to accommodate an increase in demand, without the need to move to a larger space. Rather than focusing upon raising money for a capital campaign for an unnecessary relocation, we believe donations can be better spent on the maximizing capacity of our current location through an increase of clients through education, community outreach, and financial assistance programs.

    If you would like to learn how you can help expand our efforts to reach more pets, or if you have any questions regarding our strategic vision for the future, you may contact our Executive Director, Stephanie Bennett at 901-233-1425 or s.bennett@spaymemphis.org.

    We remain dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgery, and our donors make it possible for us to proactively and humanely reduce the tragic pet overpopulation and lower the high euthanasia rate in this area. Our mission is vital to the health and welfare of the citizens, as well as the pets, in the Mid-South; our success is determined by the generosity of our donors like you. Thank you for your support.

    With much appreciation,

    MSNS Board of Directors

    Mary L. Fryman, President
    Dustin James, Vice-President
    Kiersten Bagley, Secretary
    Sarah Murphy, Treasurer
    Brian Yoakum, Ombudsman
    Kristian Conway
    Dr. Greg Shaw, DVM
    Valerie Smith
    Connie Stanfield

  4. I am so sick of these “shelters” rationalizing their high “euthanasia” rates. Let’s use the proper terminology and at least be honest.
    These facilities have high kill rates because they choose to kill rather than save. Until we call it what it is, the “irresponsible public” will continue to think that these places will actually shelter animals and find homes for them.
    shelter = facility
    euthanasia = killing

  5. I would like to read other opinions on this story of a micro chipped dog that was picked up, taken to animal control, and released to a breed rescue. The owner was never contacted that the dog was found and the breed rescue refuses to return the dog. My opinion is that the dog should be returned to the owner. This could happen to anyone with a purebred dog, even if the dog was previously adopted as a rescue.


  6. Clarice, look up “Piper bring me home” on FB. The article I posted a couple of posts up also deals with her. It is a nightmare. And further, now that this story has hit the mainstream media more people have come forward saying Penny refused to return their dog.

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