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Reverse the ban on SouthBARK Animal Rescue from the Mobile County Shelter
  • Petitioned Mobile County, Alabama Administration

This petition was delivered to:

Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson
Mobile County, Alabama Administration

Reverse the ban on SouthBARK Animal Rescue from the Mobile County Shelter

    1. Emily Thompson
    2. Petition by

      Emily Thompson

      New York, NY

Despite saving nearly 1,500 dogs from the Mobile County Animal Shelter and encouraging hundreds of direct shelter adoptions over the past two years, SouthBARK has been banned from pulling dogs due to “repeated incidents disruptive of shelter operations.”

Although we have made numerous pleas to both the shelter and county officials for more clarity, they have ignored our requests and simply removed us as a “placement partner.” They have also dismissed other rescue groups requests to have a round table discussion to address the issues and come to a compromise.

We have learned that the shelter does not like that we use the words “kill” and “death” in our communications. We have also heard that the shelter is frustrated that SouthBARK networks the county’s dogs. Although this process is vital to finding homes for deserving dogs, it evidently results in an unsatisfactory number of phone calls to the shelter about those dogs.

Sadly, the shelter has taken the position that these inquires require too much of their time. The decision to ban SouthBARK will effectively seal the fate of the dogs who are now laying in concrete kennels waiting for us to post their pictures on the internet, waiting for us to find someone willing to take a chance on them, waiting for us to walk in the front door to take them to a better place (and eventually a loving home).

As volunteers who have successfully facilitated a large part of the shelter’s mandate over the past two years, we believe we deserve more answers. As a supporter of SouthBARK, and likely a taxpayer funding the shelter, we imagine you do too.

If so, please feel free to contact those responsible for this decision so that we can hopefully gain the explanations we all deserve. Our hope all along has been to work in a professional and collaborative fashion with the shelter. It’s both unfortunate and confusing that we continue to be treated as adversaries.

Please sign this petition and contact Mobile County President Connie Hudson to express your concerns.

Connie Hudson (251) 574-2000 or district2web@mobile-county.net

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. SouthBARK, recently banned by officials, rescued more dogs than any other..

      Emily Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      The numbers don't lie. Surely we can work this out!? Can employees getting too many phone calls really outweigh saving half the dogs in the shelter?

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. SouthBARK to hold a peaceful protest

      Emily Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      If you are in the Mobile area, please join us on Thursday morning at 9:45 outside the county courthouse building downtown to protest the ban of SouthBARK from the Mobile County Animal Shelter.

      More info can be found here:
      RSVP here if you are on Facebook:

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. Freudian slips

      Emily Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      View an image of shelter correspondences that clearly state euthanasia deadlines here:

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures
    8. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Larry Starks MOBILE, AL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Saving those who have no voice!

    • Allison Ryan GROTON, CT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Without SouthBark helping to save unwanted pets from Mobile County hundreds more pets will be killed. Please Re-think this ban and save someone's furture best friend.

    • Joyce Kalmus MONROE, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      The situation of homeless animals is bad enough--it IS emotional. Tolerate each other/work together, as long as the bottom line is finding these poor babies a proper home! At best, shelters should only be temporary!

    • Marcia Goodman CROMWELL, CT
      • almost 2 years ago

      The one and only goal for shelters should be to get animals adopted into good homes. Shelters need to open their arms to all reputable rescues. The more people who call the shelter, the more that word will spread that wonderful animals are available for adoption.

    • Catherine DiGennaro FREDERICK, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      As someone who has been blessed to have rotties and shepherd rescues in our lives, I can't fathom why this pound would turn against a rescue. The goal should be to help the animals and educate the publice about spay & neuter programs, etc. not to destroy more animals


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