Please don't kill hundreds of dogs and cats to clear animal shelter
  • Petitioned City of Waco, TX

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City of Waco, TX

Please don't kill hundreds of dogs and cats to clear animal shelter

    1. Petition by

      David Irvin

      Waco, TX

***[UPDATE: More than 4,000 signatures reached! Citizens of Waco are responding to say, "We support life for these vulnerable animals." Give yourself a pat on the back, and forward the petition on.The city announced Friday that they would not take over the shelter in October as planned. It will fund the Humane Society for two more months to give itself time to make a plan. We will see what that means in the coming weeks, but for now, know that YOU ARE HAVING AN IMPACT! Thank you!***

As a community we have the power and responsibility to oppose policies that will lead to the imminent death of many shelter dogs and cats beginning in October. These animals are in danger of being subjected to a 72-hour shelter rule because the city failed to reach a contract with the non-profit Humane Society of Central Texas, with the intent of taking command of the Circle Road animal shelter on October 1st.

Like many shelters across the nation, the Waco facility is overcrowded with unwanted or unclaimed dogs and cats.

Rather than take proactive and humane steps to deal with this problem, the City Council plans to stop pet adoptions at the facility and do the minimum required under the law to protect the lives of animals delivered into its care, according to local news reports here and here

Under the proposed policy, these animals – many of whom are healthy and adoptable – will be subject to a 72-hour “shelter” policy. This means that if the shelter can’t find an animal a home, a different shelter, or a foster family within three days, the animal will be killed. 

This policy amounts to keeping the animals "in a facility where the only objective is to house them long enough to satisfy a legal obligation before killing them," wrote Woodway's Susan McVey in the Sept. 11 edition of the Waco Tribune Herald.

The inevitable logic of the policy is that many lost pets and otherwise healthy animals will be killed to clear space at the shelter. It’s mind-boggling that the city would impose this draconian policy at the same time it closes the shelter to adoptions, which is one of the clearest avenues these animals have for escaping this fate.

Ironically, the over-crowding situation is the result of budgetary shortfalls at the shelter over many years, caused in part by the city’s unwillingness to allocate enough money to support the caretakers or facilities. Other laws to control domesticated animals have been passed but seldom have they been enforced.

What may look to some like a tough but neccessary action is actually a moral disaster, considering that the community caused the problem and has repeatedly failed to address it. The city’s plan to close the facility to adoptions and speed up the killings assumes a better solution doesn't exist. This simply isn't true.

We can do better than this. The opinion page of the Waco Tribune Herald from September 11th proves that Waco is full of conscientious citizens who can’t bear to see these animals slaughtered as a result of our collective failure to solve this problem. These citizens understand that we have an ethical responsibility to protect and care for the companion animals we bring into this world.

Tell the City of Waco to immediately halt its plan to kill any animal within 72 hours of receipt. Tell the City Council to hold a public meeting, to establish an oversight board for the shelter, and to come up with smarter, more humane ways to deal with a problem they had a hand in making.

(Photo: Mable is a vibrant 4-year-old dog who was adopted several years ago from the shelter).

Recent signatures

    News

    1. City pushes schedule; concedes it needs time to make takeover plan

      David Irvin
      Petition Organizer

      News reports coming out this weekend suggest the City of Waco is pushing back its planned takeover of the Circle Road shelter to give it time to make a plan on how to run it. This comes at the end of a week that saw a big turnout of animal advocates at the City Council meeting. This is good news. It gives us time to formulate a workable plan to run that shelter in a more humane way. We will stay on top of things. Again, thanks for all your support!
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      <a href="http://www.wacotrib.com/news/170798386.html">WACO TRIB: Animal adoption groups brace for Nov. 21 takeover of shelter</a>
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      <a href="http://www.kxxv.com/story/19609665/waco-humane-society-to-continue-exsisting-operations">KXXV: Waco Humane Society to continue existing operations</A>
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      <a href="http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/City-Takeover-Of-Humane-Society-Animal-Shelter-Put-On-Hold-170759086.html">KWTX: City Takeover Of Humane Society Animal Shelter Put On Hold</a>

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Big turnout at City Council! More to come ...

      David Irvin
      Petition Organizer

      Waco turned out big on Tuesday night to put a permanent stop to the 72-hour holding rule! In the coming weeks we will see how the city responds (and we'll respond in kind). For now, Thank you for all you did! Below are links to the stories that have come out in the past couple of days:
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      <a href="http://www.wacotrib.com/news/170285746.html">Waco Trib: Animal advocates plead with Waco City Council to avoid mass euthanasia at shelter</a>
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      <a href="http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Humane-Society-Supporters-Talk-Tough-at-Waco-City-Council-Meeting--170280666.html">KWTX: Humane Society Supporters Talk Tough At Waco City Council Meeting</a>
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      <a href="http://baylorlariat.com/2012/09/19/wacoans-interject-to-protest-kill-shelter/">Baylor Lariat: Wacoans interject to protest kill-shelter</a>
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      <a href="http://www.kxxv.com/story/19579437/animal-lovers-protest-city-taking-over-shelter-operations">KXXV: Animal lovers protest city taking over shelter operations</a>

    4. Come to the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, 6 p.m.

      David Irvin
      Petition Organizer

      Let me just say Thank You! You have a very special gift for life. You have compassion, and that is so beautiful. In the past five days we have gathered 3,000 signatures on our petition to stop the City of Waco from its controversial takeover of the Circle Road animal shelter.

      Here's the truth: When animals go into the Circle Road shelter, if no one wants them, they are destroyed. In 2011, 63 percent of all the animals who went into that facility were killed because no one wanted them. And that's with an "open" adoption policy.

      We need your help! We need you at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. Please come. This is our chance to speak to the people who put this policy into motion. Show them that the people of Waco don't want our shelter to move into the dark ages.

      Will you come? The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Bosque Theater at the Waco Convention Center. Come early if possible! Here's a map: http://goo.gl/maps/boZ2N

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Waco Trib goes deeper; City stuck on repeat

      David Irvin
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all, -- The Waco Trib released an article this morning about the city's controversial takeover of the Circle Road shelter. Read the full text <a href="http://www.wacotrib.com/news/169931256.html">here"</a>.

      There's a lot of detail that we hadn't seen before, so writer J.B. Smith should be commended.

      The first thing that struck me was Mayor Duncan's quote in the first section: “If they run an adoption facility, it’s going to have to have kennels, and we’re not interested in running their kennels. I don’t think we can run kennels to their satisfaction," he was quoted as saying.

      This, my fellow animal supporters, is a frank admission that gets right to the heart of the issue. Remember, the takeover is premised on the idea that the city can run the shelter more efficiently than the people who have been doing it 27 years. Read <a href="https://plus.google.com/114813728972993130849/posts/CZi7NAXQvmA"> my full response</a>.

    7. Reached 2,500 signatures
    8. Wow! 2,000 signatures! And ONE busy shelter!

      David Irvin
      Petition Organizer

      When I woke up this morning I felt a trembling joy in my heart that what we are doing in Waco, Texas is so very important. After doing some errands I went to tour the shelter on Circle Road. It was an amazing and emotional walk.

      I would just like to say how proud I am of the people of this community right now! They have opened their hearts and unleashed their compassion for these animals. The parking lot was full and people were lined up in the lobby. So many citizens were there to adopt companions into their lives this Saturday morning.

      I saw one couple hover for several minutes next to a beautiful, dark-brown long-hair dog. As they stood there thinking about adoption, I could see the feelings of love and tenderness washing between them. This beautiful animal, abandoned by another, was to become a beacon of joy and warmth in their new family. It was an incredible experience.

      There are many dogs and cats still waiting for their new owners to find them!

    9. Reached 2,000 signatures
    10. Great new Web Site: No Kill Waco

      David Irvin
      Petition Organizer

      Local animal supporters put together a fantastic new Web site about the campaign to save these animals. Definitely take a few minutes to check it out and tag it on your FB or G+ <a href="http://nokillwaco.org/">No Kill Waco</a>

    11. Reached 1,000 signatures
    12. Baylor Lariat: Waco shelter future leaves employees' job outlook unclear

      David Irvin
      Petition Organizer

      <a href="http://baylorlariat.com/2012/09/13/waco-shelter-future-leaves-employees-job-outlook-unclear/">Waco shelter future leaves employees' job outlook unclear</a>
      Staff writer Maegan Rocio digs into the story from the perspective of the shelter employees

    13. Reached 750 signatures
    14. Baylor Lariat: Don't Kill Because You Can't Pay the Bill

      David Irvin
      Petition Organizer

      <a href="http://baylorlariat.com/2012/09/12/viewpoint-dont-kill-because-you-cant-pay-the-bill/">Don't Kill Because You Can't Pay the Bill</a>

      Debra Gonzalez, a Baylor senior writing in the Lariat, urges the community to find a better way to deal with the problems at the Circle Road shelter.

    15. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • julia bajovich GLENEDEN BEACH, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      how dare they do this to these bright intellegent sweet animals, it must be stoppped!

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    • Brett Polvado MOODY, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Disgusting.

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    • Amber Rogers WACO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      I want to be a veterinarian and I absolutely love animals. Too many lifetime companions would be lost in this process.

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      • about 2 years ago

      Firstly, I used to live in Waco, so it's slightly relevant. Second, I have a dog named Liam and I can't imagine my life without him. I found him in the shelter on his last day at the Carrollton Shelter.. Day 30 in that tiny pen, just a few hours before he was to be put down. I'm 19 and have had him for just two months. He's my best friend in a world so alone for me. Without thirty days my beautiful dog would not be here now.

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    • elizabeth ellis WACO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      they are not at fault an deserve to live

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