From readlarrypowell.com, some good news for a change:
THIRD WEEK OF NO EUTHANASIA IN CARROLLTON: All week Joe Skenesky and the folks at the Carrollton Animal Services shelter have been dispatching e-mails updating the progress of adoptions and rescues. Yesterday, Joe sent this note: “Another great week, all of the animals have been either adopted or rescued. This makes 3 weeks in a row we have not had to euthanize. I thank you and the animals thank you for all of the hard work everyone has done to help these animals. We could not be as successful as we are without each and every one of you.”
Now, from Joe’s note we can glean this: The Carrollton shelter is working hard and keeps saving the lives of strays and surrenders who wind up in its care.
What does this mean? It means what it means in every city in the nation: The burden of properly caring for animals still is on the shoulders of the public. People have to work harder to keep animals out of shelters. The responsibility is squarely on the shoulders of every person who says, “I’d like to have puppy” or “I’ll take that kitten.” If you commit, stay committed. These are lives, not playthings.
Perhaps the Metroplex Animal Commission could learn some lessons from the Carrollton shelter instead of wasting $25K with the HSUS - an organization that does not run a single cat/dog shelter. One factor, according to local rescuers, is that Joe and his staff work with as many local rescues and shelters as possible - not just as select few blessed by the Animal Shelter Commission, as DAS does.