This was posted - anonymously, of course - in response to a recent posting here.
I thought I'd copy and paste it here, along with responses. Anonymous is in italics.
I have been reading your blog everyday. I thought you had insight. But now I am convinced you are a nut. Has anyone ever asked the rescues:
1. How long do dogs stay in crates and warehouse with no exercise? Sometimes stacked to the ceiling with crates falling over. Really is that a way to live.
The rescues I'm familiar with do not keep dogs in crates. Might you tell us where you saw this? Not sure what you're talking about.
2. How many pets does a neighbor have to put up with living next door to a rescuer or hoarder? Not everyone wants to smell or hear their pets.
It only takes one barking dog to annoy neighbors - not a rescuer's or hoarder's dog, or anyone's dog. One dog is well within the permissible bounds, but it doesn't follow that the owner is responsible.
Also, living in an urban neighborhood presents all sorts of problems to people who are not willing to put up with an urban lifestyle. Those who want peace and quiet should move outside the city.
3. How many cats in one house exceptable? 100-200-300? All breathing each other's disease and snotting nose's and eye's.
This depends on the square footage, ventilation, time spent cleaning, and several other factors. A purpose-built shelter can house many times the number of animals that a private home can healthily manage in the same square footage.
For example, the most recent Pawprints shelter was a converted daycare center - but it still housed far fewer cats (over 50% less) than Dog and Kitty City's current cat shelter building. I'm not saying that anything is wrong over at Dog and Kitty City, as I often see them at Petsmart and their animals are healthy. These are simply examples.
DAS made a major mistake when they decided to limit the number of animals in a home WITHOUT specifics. For example, I've been in detached homes that are too small to house the legal limit of six animals - but it's still legal.
4. What is Dallas Animal Services suppose to do with 10x's the dogs and cats going in than going out? Go ahead and blame the city. Best deal in town, spay/neutured, heart worm tested, for 60 bucks.
First of all, you're only talking about dogs. Secondly, you're ignoring the fact that DAS seems keen to close down local shelters by harassment, not for a good reason. These shelters were created to help decrease the city's euthanasia rates, so why is DAS so keen to close them? For example, Texas Pawprints *never* received a single citation from DAS, even though DAS dropped by at least seven times. Neither has Gail Whelan with Companion Animal Network - she's made the decision to close simply because she can't keep taking off work to allow one inspection after another.
Its easy to spout out the problems and play the blame game. Just wish once I could read a real solution to some of these problems.
DAS isn't interested in solutions. They're interested in getting their way. I suggest you visit the next Animal Shelter Coalition meeting.
The rules are simple. Established by the city. Not Animal Services. Yes, tax-payers make the rules and pay animal services to enforce them.
Rubbish. Taxpayers had nothing to do with the most recent (2008) legislation. Quite a few opposed it. I suggest you look up the City Council's agendas and read up on this a bit more.
Because we are animal lovers, doesn't mean everyone else is. Maybe some people would like to go out and play or eat in their own yard without the smell of a feral colony using their yard for a kitty litter box. Rescuer's, hoarders , collectors which ever you want to call yourself move to a place that you dont infridge on the rights of others.
Cats don't use yards for litter boxes; they'd rather bury their feces. The feral colonies in my neighborhood generally "hang out" in semi-deserted areas, away from people. If you're having a problem, make note of the animals using your yard for a public convenience; it's probably a neighbor's pet.
Off my soap box now. But remember there is allways two sides to every story. Working together will allways have a better out-come than pointing fingers.
True. But DAS allows itself to be controlled by vendettas and people with personal agendas, not by those who genuinely want to help. I suggest you read more about Kent Robertson's two years in Houston - he methodically turned down help from people who had worked hard to bring euthanasia rates down in their own cities and towns. Instead, HSUS fanatics within DAS and the Animal Shelter Commission ignore the fact that the HSUS does not run a single animal shelter - and are prepared to pay them $25,000 for their advice.