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USA: Petition for Animal Welfare Act To Cover Animal Shelters — 11 Comments

  1. I have also learned to CMA using screenshots. I file the screenshots with quotes I need to keep as evidence away because shelters are bad about taking down condemning statements made without thinking. The case of the Virginia dog who was about to be killed got me a call from the police department. If not for screenshots and witnesses I’d have been in trouble on that one.

  2. Good article Elisa and an excellent petition. You portray an image of animal shelters which is worse than I had thought.

    These are animals which are inherently very vulnerable because they are unwanted. They have one foot in the grave already which probably encouraged carelessness on behalf of the shelter staff.

    I wouldn’t let it stop you writing about it. I’d use cautious language such as:

    It is alleged that the XXX Shelter are abusing cats because allegedly they XXXX.

    • The shelters I hear about “allegedly” have good attorneys :). Every now and then I get enough info to actually report on something, but a lot of times I just have to wait it out. I had a vet statement from one vet stating a dog had died of distemper. The shelter told me I’d better have a necropsy because the opinion of one vet didn’t count. The rescue world is very ruthless at times. You have to be very careful who you piss off.

      • Someone said that non-profit animal rescue was not a business. I disagreed with her. They don’t make a profit but they are guarded by attorneys etc. so someone is concerned about protecting the “business”. The more I know about US animal shelters the more I see a business-like attitude and I have called them “processing facilities” rather than “rescues”.

        • It’s a business for the Greenville shelter. Below is part of my evidence email. Animals trapped in Spartanburg are brought to the Greenville shelter. I don’t remember the amount, but it’s not small change.

          “Spartanburg County tax dollars are being paid to GCACS. S’burg citizens pay $29,000 p/month, for 1 or 400 animals. Any over 400 p/month and we pay an additional $60 p/animal. If fines are collected, G’vlle keeps that money paid by S’burg citizens.”

    • Thanks Geri. This is one I knew should be on PoC. I deal with reports on bad shelters several times a week. There are a few in California I’d like to pay a visit to because the reports are so bad on them.

  3. Dee, I think you’re the only one on PoC still following me. So on articles like this I call in my Facebook forces. It will get the article seen around 50,000 times. Whether it’s clicked on or not is anyone’s guess. 🙂

  4. It’s so hard to believe that any lawmaker, much less those with the federal government, would even care about any animal welfare.
    I admire what Jean is doing and will, indeed, sign the petition.
    It’s my belief that county shelter animals will never be protected until the ski masked people break in, take them to safe havens, and torch the hell out of those buildings.
    Elisa, you’ll have to pardon me please. But, I am just checking to see if our comments are really read, because I have gotten some bland and mundane responses as if they are only scanned. Non emotional responses to very personal comments.

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