Multnomah County Animal Services in Oregon has a long and troubled history. A county audit in 2016 found that records were severely lacking, including intake and outcome information on thousands of animals and the use of euthanasia drugs. Other serious problems included insufficient staff to properly feed, clean and exercise animals, staff not trained to … Continue reading Multnomah County Animal Services: Audited to Death
The people running the animal shelter in Cumberland County, NC need to get their heads on straight. First off they recently had a problem with distemper. And by "problem" I mean dogs suffered and died needlessly without veterinary care for months. Although they shelter 14,000 pets every year, they have no Vet on staff or … Continue reading Empty Suits Running Animal Shelter in Cumberland Co
The animal shelter in Montclair, NJ reportedly has a kill rate of approximately 11%. That's a pretty good save rate when compared to the national average. Apparently some local pet advocates have complaints about how the shelter operates and are asking the shelter, which was taken over by the municipality last year, to become a … Continue reading Montclair, NJ Community Wants to Improve Shelter
When I was a teenager, I sometimes liked to get autographs from bands after the show. I don't know where any of those signed ticket stubs and sharpied napkins are now but it seemed important at the time. I never got a professional athlete's autograph so maybe that's why it surprised me to read that … Continue reading Take a Check, Mr. Vick?
Two articles on shelter killing take very different approaches. Which team sounds like it's delivering a message of hope and leaves you feeling inspired and motivated to help your community?: Team Adopt a Shelter Pet: According to the No Kill Equation, “Adoptions are vital to an agency’s lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter … Continue reading Two Articles, Two Quotes
Here is a breakdown of the info contained in this sad story: In July 2009, the owner of a dog called "Angel" in Carson, CA received a citation for failing to feed her dog. A follow-up visit was conducted a week later. The AC officer advised the owner to take Angel to the Vet. No … Continue reading “Death into the World, and all our woe”
The Idaho Falls Animal Shelter's gas chamber broke down beyond repair and they couldn't come up with the $30,000 to buy a new one. So the shelter is now killing pets by lethal injection. Irene Brown is the shelter manager and while she recognizes that many pet advocates oppose the use of the gas chamber, … Continue reading Pamper Your Pet with a Luxurious Visit to the Gas Chamber