This article really hit the nail on the head. I wished the article had mentioned the hundreds of missing animals from MAS in the past. Whenever the Rotary Club makes their shelter report to the city, I certainly hope they recommend that the city gets out of the dog and cat business and privatize the shelter! Privatization is the only hope that the animals have in this town.
Friends of the Memphis Animal Shelter is exactly what they are...Friends of the Shelter and NOT friends of the animals. They are puppets to the city and only there to be cheerleaders to make the city look good. Anyone citizen or advocate who sees a problem at the shelter is automatically their enemy. So sad......
What a wonderful letter. When looking in their eyes of the Cover Dog, it doesn't take a genius to figure out what we need to do. It is past time for a change!
I do not understand why the city is looking to hire a new Shelter Administrator? Do they think that by having a new Administrator and a new building with no webcams, that the problems will just go away and there would be no reason to privatize? It appears that the same problems will always exist as long as the shelter is run by the city of Memphis. Memphis has been listed as one of the worst cities in different categories, so here is the chance to have one of the best shelters in the country. Please, let's don't pass up this opportunity to privatize.
The same thing happened to Kapone as probably the other 155 animals that were reported as "Missing" at the shelter in 2010. In January, 2011, there were 40 animals listed as "Missing" on the shelter's Kennel Statistical report. But, when shelter administrator was questioned about the "Missing" number of animals in that category, no explanation could be given, and the category of "Missing" from the Kennel Statistics has now been deleted from the report. Kinda like when citizens complained about problems in the stray area like cage cards not matching descriptions of animals in the cages, incorrect due-out dates which could mean premature euthanasia, animals "accidentally" killed. The city's solution to the problem rather than holding the employees acountable was to close off the stray area so the public cannot view what is going on behind closed doors. Consequently, appx 12,000 animals are killed every year without the public ever viewing the animals and giving them a chance of being adopted. This city administration is the best at covering up what really is going on! Is it the union? Is it covering up for the Second Chance program employees ? Whatever reason, it is now out of control. Citizens pets are coming up "Missing" for purposes that I care not to think about!!!
It is real pathetic that someone who has been working at the animal shelter does not even know what distemper is! This is just a reflection back on the city that this administration does not care how trained or knowledgeable the employees are at the Memphis Animal Shelter! I am surprised that we have not been on national TV!
By Richard Alley
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