Sunday, May 10, 2009

Another Vet Speaks Out on No Kill Shelter

How much does it take to make people understand that animals suffer in no kill shelters? Not to say there are some that can manage no kill just fine but they are small closed door private shelters. They can pick and chose, thus controlling their population. This vet is being slammed because he is speaking out. Thus continues the saga of the Whino, intimidation is his speciality and he teaches his Whinonettes well.

I suggest you read the entire article but here are some outstanding quotes:

My involvement with this most recent situation with the shelter did not evolve from any kind of relationship with the town at all and it certainly has nothing to do with being na├»ve. Quite the contrary. It started because of multiple factors. First, our doctors had dealt with three cases of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in a period of only three weeks last fall. Caring members of our community had adopted all three kittens from the shelter as “healthy” kittens into different homes.

Within very short periods of time they were at our hospital seeking help and being informed of the impending death of their new companions, as there is no cure. Why is this relevant? We typically see one case of FIP, at most, per year. Phone calls to other community veterinary clinics strongly suggested a potential outbreak of the virus.

Second, we had an inordinate number of clients coming in expressing disdain for the conditions and apparent care of the animals at our local shelter, most of whom turned to adopting from the OSPCA in Bracebridge. Most of these complaints and adoptions were in regard to the cats and kittens at the shelter, not the dogs. All of these clients were encouraged to speak directly with the shelter about their concerns. Most expressed they had already done so and felt like their words fell on deaf ears. Not an unexpected or new concern.

Third, I had a client express that they had launched a formal complaint with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) inspection agency already, based on their impression during a recent visit.

Why do animals coming from the shelter continue to have such poor medical records accompanying them after adoption, with improper, incomplete or inappropriate vaccination and medical schedules associated with them? Why are huge amounts of funds used on individual animals, especially those with life-limiting, chronic and painful conditions? Why does the shelter continue to dismiss the fact they need to operate from a population medicine perspective? Why does the shelter shirk its responsibility as an integral component of the community when it comes to the pet overpopulation and transmissible disease issues? Why are there cats living in the shelter for many months or years at a time? What kind of life is that?

What kind of life indeed. Adopting FIV and FIP cats only spreads the disease. Sometimes I wonder if this movement is actually a genocide in disguise. Let's make the cats sick by using a fatal disease and the pits will bring bans on dogs. Something ain't right here.

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