As many of you know, Memphis pound director James Rogers has been shown the door. The mayor-elect has pledged to find a new director for the facility. Here are ten things I’d like to hear that person say on day one, minute one:
10. We do not kill animals here anymore. We will euthanize animals who are deemed medically hopeless and suffering by a veterinarian. They will be few and far between. Most of the animals we will shelter until they are released to an adopter, foster or rescue group.
9. We are posting photos of ALL THE ANIMALS online immediately upon impound. Lost animals picked up by ACOs will be photographed in the field so that the owners might find them online before the truck returns to the facility.
8. This place has public webcams? Turn those things back on!
7. Dust off all these unused cages. We’re going to be putting animals in them.
6. Unlock all the doors. The public paid for this facility and pays our salaries. When the public comes in, they get to see ALL THE ANIMALS.
5. Every dog in this place gets walked outside at least twice a day, preferably more. Socialized cats get petted regularly. Unsocialized kittens get tamed. Get moving.
4. Put all those chokepoles in storage. They will be used rarely and correctly – basically the opposite of how they’ve been used.
3. The shelter will now be open 7 days a week with extended hours on at least 5 of those days. Because we want the public to come here.
2. Shelter records are public information. If a member of the public asks to see an animal’s records, shelter statistics or any other documents, show them. Don’t tell someone trying to get an animal live released that she has to file a FOIA request to find out the pet’s medical condition. That’s just douchey.
And the number one thing I want to hear the new MAS director say immediately upon getting one foot in the door:
1. YOU. ARE. ALL. FIRED!
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