I was reading the bullshit article by Breeder Christie Keith (who passes herself off as a journalist) this morning, ruined my breakfast for sure. It's too trashy even for this blog but it was in the SF Chronicle. She's pimping the Nathan "No Kill" Winograd's CAPA program. Do I have a problem with all of this program, no, I don't. Do I have a problem with certain aspects of this program, you damn right. As I see it the hands of an effect animal control program will be tied and it will placed communities in danger. These people can't seem to grasp that there is a two way street here, animal control is there for the public health and safety, the humane community is there to "save" them, thus the name "rescue".
Breeder Christie fails to mention those "HIGH PROFILE "NO KILL" shelters being busted for cruelty, does she? Why not, Christie, would it be the numbers show there are more of them than the "killing" shelters smeared by you and Winograd? I'm quite sure you have something of an excuse, you and your Messiah always are pushing lame excuses.
Whose suppose to pay for this, the taxpayers? You want taxpayer to pay for animals when the elderly don't have services, some go hungry, some go without medical services and medicine. You want the taxpayer to pay for animals when kids are at risk, when we need programs to keep them from gangs, drugs, etc. It's called priorities and the taxpayers have priorities. You want these things, expensive operations, vet care, so forth at the expense of the taxpayer when it should be at the expense of the non profits. People who care can then donate if they chose to have these things done for the animals. It should not be force upon them.
Volunteers, a love/hate relationship and "No Kill" is the reason for the hate part. Who wants to take a chance of putting a volunteer in who is on the extreme side and will probably be a troublemaker? Who wants to deal with people that call them killers? All Winograd's followers do is bad mouth shelters, calling them pounds, and turning off the public. So who wants to deal with those kinds of volunteers? Volunteers have to be supervised and most shelters are facing budget cuts and lost of personnel. I've found that sometimes, volunteers just aren't worth the time and effort.
In my book, if animals die in the shelters, it is the humane community who failed them, not animal control. We know they are there, why is animal control suppose to take valuable staff time to notify rescues? DUH, RESCUES, you know how to get to the shelter, go there, get them out. Why do you want animal control to do all the work? Get a map. You can't use the excuse that you have no room, DUH, you think a shelter has a magic pill that creates more space without animal losing lives? If you have the problem, imagine the problem animal control has, they can't just say that's it like you can.
Foster homes is something that is a thorn in my ***. I think that if someone wants to foster for a public shelter, that the foster home should agree to surprise inspections by animal control. Too many foster homes are nothing more than hoarders. If you are honest, then it shouldn't bother you, should it?
Temperament testing, another thorn. Again I say, animal control is there for the public health and safety. If an animal can't handle the stress of the shelter, then how does that animal handle all the stresses of being adopted? My opinion is to have well qualified staff to temperament test or even have a panel comprised of behaviorists to make the decisions. Again the question arises, are rescues prepared to provide for these "small" behavioral issues if they take them? If they aren't, then they are setting the pet and the family up for failure. and that ain't in the best interest of the pet.
Then we have those rescues who use the public kennels as a boarding kennel in hopes of "saving them all". I spoke with one shelter director who had 25% of his kennels tied up with dogs on hold for rescues that the rescues had put on hold for 5 to 30 days. Doesn't these rescues who do that realize that other dogs die because they are taking up that precious space? Don't you see how you are the problem, not the solution.
I wish we didn't have a need for shelters all together but ... Let's keep the line drawn where it should be, animal control "rescues" them from the streets, abusive owners, irresponsible owners, etc. AND the humane community SHOULD BE RESCUING THEM FROM DEATH ROW. It is a failure of the humane community, those who so flippantly call themselves "rescuers". These are the ones who need CAPA more so than the open door shelters. POLICE THYSELF, NATHAN WINOGRAD, the solution lies within the humane community, not within animal control.