Ever since reading that the Metroplex Animal Coalition raised $25,000 to pay for a HSUS "assessment", whatever that is, I've been nosing around to see just how many self-righteous, We Know Better groups, coalitions, commissions and similar we have here in Dallas.
So far, I've counted up a whole bunch of them. Besides MAC, we have:
Dallas Animal Advocates
Companions For Life
The Animal Shelter Commission
Dallas Animal Cruelty Alliance
Southern Dallas Initiative (allegedly to reduce numbers of loose dogs in this area)
Quality of Life Commission*
Animal Cruelty Task Force Group (this one morphed into the Dallas Animal Cruelty Alliance later - you'd think they would have the sense to call themselves the Anti-Cruelty Alliance)
Dallas Animal District Board*
* I noticed these mentioned in various Animal Shelter Commission minutes from 2009. I have no idea what they actually do, who are members of them, or if they've accomplished anything.
I came up with all of these after looking through 1/3 of the published minutes for the Animal Shelter Commission's 2009 meetings.
Two common denominators struck me:
1. None of the folks in these groups actually get their hands dirty. They don't go out and do TNR, they don't clean shelter cages, they don't help set up mobile adoptions. Instead, they sit on their collective asses and dictate legislation. They also seem to spend hours constructing crappy Web sites and blogs, many with identical information. Copy and paste reigns.
2. A lot of the same people are in more than one group. Do they have too much time on their hands, or just really overblown egos? If they care so much about animal welfare, why don't they do some proper volunteer work - the kind where you might actually come into contact with an animal that needs help?
However, the worst thing about many of these groups is that the city of Dallas allows these layabouts to actually set rules for the rest of us, especially those who are actively rescuing animals. I'll have more information about this in my next post.