Saturday, June 6, 2009

What Does a Southern Shelter Have in Common with a Shelter in the Heart of Europe?

What I love about this article, which focuses on the legal debate regarding who is financially responsible for care of stray dogs in Prague, is that nowhere - not once - does it mention killing homeless dogs as a "solution" to the problem. Prague by the way has a population of 1.2 million. There are 10 dogs in the pound.

The court gets it:

According to the court, paying for dog food is more advantageous for the state than dealing with problems that would occur if people stopped giving their dogs to pounds.

The Supreme Court also stood against the appellate court opinion that by leaving a dog in a pound people automatically commit cruelty on an animal and could face prosecution.

"Such an interpretation would only lead to an increased frequency of inhuman treatment of dogs in the form of putting them to death, releasing them into nature, tethering them to a [tree] et cetera," the Supreme Court said.

Yes. That's what shelters are for - to care for animals in need.

Shelbyville Co, KY gets it too:

Shelby County Animal Control is the first in Kentucky to become a No-Kill facility. In order for the facility to earn the title that means they did not euthanize any of their adoptable animals for a year. No-kill isn't just about helping animals once they have arrived at their shelter, it is about educating people beforehand so that there aren't many animals going to shelters in the first place.
Shelby County Animal Control has a mission. Their mission is to find all of the animals in their care a home. "We don't exclude sick animals, injured animals, old animals," said [Kelly] Jedlicki. "Those are still adoptable."

Healthy/treatable=adoptable. Right on sister. But wait, there's more:
"We'll work. We'll keep working until we find the perfect home for those animals. It is our mission and we aren't turning our back," Jedlicki said.

Awesome. Another commitment to no kill right here in the South. We are a no kill nation and a humane society. Join us.


spotted dog farm said...

more and more, I'm convinced that what we need is simply more resources! public/private partnerships are great, and work of (some) nonprofits is changing the face of sheltering, but ultimately the govt needs to step up and fund and reform its crapulent sheltering system.

johnc said...

The biggest problem here is people not providing proper ID for their pets. These Shelters and pet owners should check into a new program that provides id tags with live operator rescue support–called Pawtags. They shelters receive 72% of the profits from the program and it cuts down on animal control pick-ups and service costs because they reunite the lost pet with their owners!
Not only are 90% 0f non-id lost animals not found—over 75% of all domestic animals captured nationwide by Animal Control facilities are euthanized! There’s a great new pet rescue tag service called “Pawtags Rescue”- where each tag has its own id number and Live trained 24/7 Operator rescue services for $10!
Their service allows you to develop a profile with up to ten contact numbers, listing rabies id, microchip info, city licensing, vet and medical info along with the pet’s profile. When someone finds your pet the Operators access this confidential info and use it with Google Maps, 3-way conferencing, etc. to get your pet home or to a safe place until picked up. The service also auto-creates a PAWS Alert poster to print or PDF and more importantly gives an owner an Animal Control Facilities zip code search that provides the only locations in 50 square miles that intake lost pets! This is so important since in some cities animals only have 3 days to euthanizaton!
The tags are guaranteed for life, weatherproof, cool looking and for $10 you get tag and one year free service. You can upgrade to a lifetime for 19.99–so overall with a pets life average of 14 years that’s less than a $1.50 a year. It kind of reminds me of the Verizon support team commercials–you know if anyone finds your lost animal a live trained rescue person will make sure it gets home or to a safe place. Great deal–it’s at