There is more real local news and investigative reporting on two pages of The Flyer than in the whole CA. I grew tired of the canned national news and the biased reporting in the CA. I cancelled my subscription twenty years ago. The CA is sold out to local politicians and bigwigs, and their advertisers. Their coverage of U of M sports has always been secondary to the area SEC schools. Good riddance.
I will miss Karen and William. Who are the photographers who were laid off?
The reason the numbers of animals adopted out of MAS has risen is hugely due to the yeoman's job that the local rescue groups do to pull so many animals, using only volunteer funds to vet them, house and feed them, foster and socialize them, and then find them good homes, and then take them back in if their new homes are not satisfactory. You should be on your hands and knees thanking these volunteers instead of taking credit for these "statistics." These are statistics to you, but for every one of the more than 5,000 animals, dogs and cats, killed at MAS last year, a volunteer's heart was broken.
At the very least, Mr. Rogers, if you are going to take credit for the larger adoption numbers, you need to work to get more grants like the one MAS had last fall that lowers the cost of adoptions and pays the overtime for the special adoption weekends
Mr. Rogers, since you were so intent on schooling the rescue group members who spoke last night at the Advisory Board meeting on the use of the term "euthanasia" instead of "killing", I would respectfully ask you, sir, to stop calling the dogs and cats at MAS "pets" and call them a more modern and accepted term, COMPANION ANIMALS, a term which has been in use since the 1980's.
Stop killing animals based on the fact their "time" is up when you have empty cages.
It was quite comical and disgusting when you said it is hard to do many things at once with so many animals, and therefore, clerical errors occur; the rescue groups who handle large numbers of animas and respond to all kinds of emergencies do a better job than you do.
If I wanted to adopt an animal from MAS, I would send no less than 100 e-mails to everyone I could think of at MAS, including Mr. Rogers, literally bombard the in-boxes; make about 20 phone calls (if they answer the phones) until I became a complete nuisance; make a large banner with the dog's name, i.d. no., review date, and my name on it and sit with it outside MAS starting the day before, telling every employee who entered that I wanted to adopt that dog. Honest to God, I would do that. THAT is what it takes to ASSURE the dog you want to adopt is not killed before MAS opens for business("euthanized", as Mr. Rogers so nicely admonished all the rescue group members who spoke at the Advisory Board meeting last night.)
At the Animal Shelter Advisory Board meeting last night, it was evident to all in attendance that Mr. Rogers is incapable of being an effective manager of MAS and does not have the determination it takes. He admitted it is hard to discipline the union employees; that more than one employee has made these "clerical" errors that directly resulted in the death of dogs, but yet, failed to address the steps he has taken to discipline them. Some of you are tired of dealing with this holocaust of a "shelter", but imagine trying to improve it to any degree for four decades like some of us animals rights and humane activtists have. It is an abomination that we still have the same problems there that we had in the 1980's. Other cities run efficient, humane shelters; Memphis can, too, with the proper employees, management and determination. It is my 45-year experience and opinion that nothing will change until it is privatized, whatever that takes.
I am most interested in Councilman Strickland's determination to fix the major problems at Memphis Animal Services which have persisted for at least four decades and/or his ideas for privatizing it. This one issue, a particularly thorny and intractible issue, would be a bellweather for how he would manage the rest of City government. Manager Rogers needs to be replaced ASAP because he is totally ineffective. There is no excuse for Memphis not having a well-run shelter; other cities do it and we can, too.
Thank you, Flyer. Seems to me the State should have been maintaining these cabins all along and not allowing them to fall into disrepair. And of course, they probably did nothing to bring this problem to the attention of the public. They should have found the funds necessary to maintain "state property." They could have probably made money rentikng them. Sheer laziness and incompetence.
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