I swore that when I started this blog, I would refrain from anything political, but I've taken so much grief via email about my last post Politics that I couldn't resist but post a well written , thought out response (with permission) here:
"I read your blog about the THS article and just wanted to share my opinion as a long time volunteer/foster parent there. The story was completely sensationalized. Yes they are understaffed and disorganized, but the people there do amazing work and the animals are well taken care of.
All day every day negligent owners dump their "beloved" pets there when they are not able or willing to provide the necessary medical care. These animals are not kept alive to lower euthanasia rates for political agendas, nor are they thrown into a cage to die a slow agonizing death. I would encourage your readers to check out the Medical Miracles page of the THS website. While these are extreme cases, they are not rare.
As part of my role at the THS, I help take care and feed over 150 kittens in their clinic. Whenever I have seen a kitten in distress the vets do not hesitate to euthanize if they feel it is just a matter of time before they go. I have taken palliative fosters and the decision when to let them go was made by me - not management.
With over 500 animals in the shelter at any given time (they have close to 1100 right now!) it is an impossible task to keep cages and kennels pristine. The dogs are walked a minimum of 3 times a day. They do not live in filth as the pictures suggest.
I will not be protesting on June 20, instead I will be in the kitten nursery feeding and cuddling orphan kittens.
Yes the place needs changes, but I can go to sleep every night knowing that animals there receive more love, attention and medical treatment than their shitty owners gave them."
Let it be known that I'm supporting THE TRUTH - nothing less.
Today I was at the shelter and helped a young woman that wanted to save a 10 year old "nuttin' special" tabby. He has a forever home now. Tomorrow, I'm going to the shelter to rescue some more cats.
It might be a short term solution, but I'll leave it to the others on the bandwagon to resolve the long term solution. For now...it's me, 7 cat carriers and a full tank of gas.