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Old 01-26-2011, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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One of my facebook friends who is heavily involved with pet care and animal charities here locally posted this link on fb with the comment "Director needs to be fired". I agree: The MOST Disgusting Lack of Concern from an Animal Shelter

OK, so it's old news. But are Dallasites aware of this? What was done about the matter?
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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That is awful! Anyone associated with animal torture who is employed at a human society needs to be fired immediately!
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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If you read the entire article in the Dallas Observer link within the shorter report that I linked, it's evident that an attempt at corrective action is being made. However, it is also apparent that problems at the shelter are VERY chronic and recurring. Things will only change permanently if concerned citizens of Dallas get really involved in seeing that major changes in philosophy and staffing of the shelter are made. Most shelters in our neck of the woods are no-kil shelters and surely this one should be too. But it will take concerned citizens taking this on as activists, volunteers, fund-raisers, etc.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:08 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Sorry to say this but this is a national problem- not just a Dallas problem. Yes it's wrong- and things need to change locally and nationally.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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I would love for DAS to be a no kill shelter, but it just isn't a reality. In 2009 they took in roughly 37000 animals and euthanized 28,000.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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These shelters are largely under local control and subject to some state laws. It's at the local level that change really has to happen. It's important to bring citizen attention to such problems where ever they occur.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:51 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I agree doctorjef- however we can debate it all day long- nothing will change unless we spay and neuter our pets LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY!
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Our no-kill shelters here neuter/spay all pets they take in, normally getting that done within the first couple of weeks they have the animal since they don't put them up for adoption until after this is done. They obviously have a lot of donated veterinary time. This seems to me to work better than the procedure at the Austin-Travis County Humane Society Animal Shelter during the years I was living there. In Austin you adopted a pet and then the shelter sent it over to the vet of your choice for neutering and vaccinations before it was released to you and of course you had to pay the vet fees. Here there is a very nominal fee for adoption (they have a higher fee on paper but they run specials all the time where you pay ten bucks for cat adoption or thirty for a dog) and the animal is already neutered, had its shots, lab work and de-worming. Surely Texas communities are capable of developing the same level of shelter services, with the aid of community fundraisers, organisational membership donations, corporate charitable grants and contributions, etc.

And yes, all family pets - most especially cats - need to be neutered/spayed.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:49 PM
 
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No Kill shelters are nice in theory. But there are animals that are just not adoptable due to temperment or health issues. And when they take up space lingering in a no kill shelter then it means that adoptable animals aren't able to go there and find families. It's fine and dandy for private agencies to be no kill shelters and use private donations to cover the cost of feeding and sheltering adoptable and unadoptable animals. But municipal shelters are heavily reliant on tax dollars. And it is irresponsible to subsidize the care of animals that have no chance of adoption and make it difficult to find homes for adoptable animals. There is a finite amount of space at municipal shelters and unfortunately there are people who when they find out they can't just drop their pet off will just dump them out. Which increases their risk of injury and illness.
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