I have heard rumors that they get a tax break or incentive for the volume of pets killed - I have NO idea what that even means...
I miss Maryland. Baltimore riots and all.
Bianca - thank you once again for continuing to illuminate the heart-wrenching "mistakes" that happen at Memphis Animal Services. Each time this happens and the facts are reported, one is prone to think "We can't change what has happened to this dog, but at least now there is recognition of an ongoing issue. Now they'll fix it..." and unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case. So much more could be said on the issue...
It is reprehensible that animals simply "disappear" and later at the end of the year the slate is "wiped clean" without any measure of accountability truly being enforced.
Tap-dancing razzle dazzle! No matter how you twist it, the new schedule will be NINE hours less per week for the possibility for adoptions. 36 hours less per month for the public to adopt. More restrictive time does not mean more access or more adoptions. It's one week less per month for a companion animal to potentially find a new home. (I'm sure someone else can do the math on the value lost for incoming adoption fees for 1/4 of every month).
Smoke and mirrors! There is an army of volunteers out there under the right conditions and management that would gladly help clean kennels, the floors, feed and walk the animals - if it meant keeping more of them alive for longer.
Heartless, inhumane, cruel, defies comprehension. So that there isn't any "misinformation" of salient points being missed: animal advocates ARE tax payers (though they're apparently the only ones that know when something is fundamentally wrong, and this is wrong), killing when there are open kennels is wrong and killing at all has been proven to be unnecessary under the right leadership - in even worse conditions of intake volume and low income.
Clinical efficiency math does not equate to more adoptions, it is however more achievable when killing happens more often than spaying/neutering. Less alive+less surgeries=more time to clean equipment and floors!
Beyond even the incredibily dishearting decisions coming out of Memphis Animal Services, and supported by the city, is the fact that they didn't even bother to share them with ALL of the Pet Placement Partners that they have on file ahead of time, didn't even bother to contact or share with a groups for input that they have asked to work on a relationship of trust. Just a bombshell dropped at a public meeting that not everyone can attend.
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