The city of Chillicothe, MO contracts the Livingston Co Humane Society (LCHS) for animal control services. LCHS manages the Forest O. Triplett Memorial Animal Shelter, aka the Chillicothe Animal Shelter, which is run by Lesley Patek.
In 2014, the number of dogs and cats transferred from the Chillicothe shelter to rescue groups dropped markedly from the previous year:
In 2013, 276 dogs were sent to rescues, and in 2014 158 dogs went to rescues.
Rescued cats decreased from 10 to zero[.]
Adoptions remained stagnant while cat intake numbers increased. Cat killings also increased in 2014 with Chillicothe killing 64% of its cats. In summary, a dismal performance for the year which any shelter director should be working furiously to turn around for fear of losing her job, if nothing else. But:
Lesley Patek, shelter guardian, said she is happy with the numbers. “I think we do an excellent job, but we can’t save the world,” she said.
“We had to put down litters and litters of kittens this year,” Patek said.
[The killing of pets at Chillicothe] is no fault of the animal’s or of the animals shelter’s, but more so a fault of irresponsible animal owners, Patek said.
If you can’t own it, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it – and this person clearly can’t own it.
I checked the facility’s website to get some insight into the excellent job they do there. Chillicothe doesn’t disclose what they charge to adopt pets but it sounds like adoption fees are set on a whim:
A pet’s adoption fee will sometimes be higher due to veterinary costs for illness or injury, or due to the fact that it’s a “popular” breed.
There are 8 pets listed for adoption on that page: 3 adult cats, 2 American bulldogs, 1 miniature poodle, 1 papillon mix and 1 chihuahua mix. I’m guessing the cats all had vet expenses and the dogs are all “popular” breeds. New pets were last added to the listings on October 10, 2014. They’re doing the best they can, probably. I hate that the irresponsible public keeps forcing them to kill animals instead of marketing them for adoption. And we all know why there are no kittens for adoption at a place that kills “litters and litters of kittens”: irresponsible pet owners.
Potential adopters are required to sign a contract which states that the adoption fee isn’t really an adoption fee but rather a “gift” so they can’t get their money back if they return the pet. And the adopter will be required to return the pet at any point during the pet’s life if someone from LCHS conducts an inspection and determines “the animal’s condition and/or living conditions is/are unsatisfactory or that I have violated one or more terms and conditions of this contract.” So you’re not actually buying the pet and your right to keep your family member is subject to the whims of the LCHS representative’s idea of “unsatisfactory”, whenever.
Aaaaaaanyway, excellent job there Chillicothe, doing your best to get animals into homes. You can’t save the world. Or even one kitten, apparently.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)