In 2009 the story of abuse occuring at the Memphis Animal Shelter made national coverage as the shelter was raided and discovered dogs starved to death. This from the very people who were supposed to be ENFORCING the animal abuse laws. They fired the director of MAS and hired Matthew Pepper in his place to fix the problems. Pepper installed webcams so the public could watch what was going on at the shelter.
Webcams to watch:
And for the loyal watchers of the webcams it turns out, it isn't much better for how the animals are treated. Animals still die under thier watch (and I don't mean put to sleep). They say the adoption rate has gone up, though when the math is done the kill rate is still at 77%. The workers still manhandle the animals, and have been seen taking whole litters of puppies to the kill room without ever giving them a chance to find a home by posting them online. The workers do not attempt to even find homes for the majority. No calling of rescues or foster homes. More horrors can be found on this blog run by Shirley Thistlethwaite:
And even with the live webcams recording how workers treat these animals, Memphis refuses to change. They believe not enough people care. So the goal is to get the word out to as many people as possible and prove to them that people all over are watching, and they are horrified by the way animals in a shelter are treated.
If you are in the Memphis area please make an attempt to attend the monthly public meeting for the City of Memphis' Animal Services Advisory Board. The more people, the more they realize people are determined to help these animals. All meetings are held on Wednesday evenings at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue, 38111 in meeting room A from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Info on meeting dates:
I gave the deadline a year. Let's hope change comes alot sooner then that.
Write your own letter (all information below relates to that).
Join the letter writing campaign (http://yesbiscuit.wordpress.com/memphis-animal-services-links/):
"No matter where you live, you can make your concerns about the shelter known to the following individuals:
Mayor Wharton: email@example.com
Janet Hooks, Director, Public Services and Neighborhoods: firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Pepper, Director, Memphis Animal Services: email@example.com
MAS Board: MASBoard@memphistn.gov
Bill Boyd Bill.Boyd@memphistn.gov
Bill Morrison firstname.lastname@example.org
Myron Lowery Myron.Lowery@memphistn.gov
Janis Fullilove email@example.com
Barbara Swearengen Ware firstname.lastname@example.org
Harold Collins email@example.com
Wanda Halbert firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Brown Joe.Brown@memphistn.gov
Shea Flinn email@example.com
Kemp Conrad Kemp.Conrad@memphistn.gov
Edmund Ford Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Reid Hedgepeth email@example.com
Jim Strickland Jim.Strickland@memphistn.gov
A copy/paste collection of the e-mail addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , MASBoard@memphistn.gov , Bill.Boyd@memphistn.gov , email@example.com , Myron.Lowery@memphistn.gov , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , Joe.Brown@memphistn.gov , firstname.lastname@example.org , Kemp.Conrad@memphistn.gov, email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org, Jim.Strickland@memphistn.gov, email@example.com ,
firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com ,
Keep your letters succinct and respectful. Let the city leaders know that people from all over are condemning what is going on at MAS and refuse to spend their vacation dollars in a city which tries to sweep cruelty under the rug. Remind them there is a viable alternative: make Memphis a no kill community. Include a link to this primer on no kill.
Please use your voice to speak for all the pets at MAS – living and dead. If you’ve already written – thank you. If you have more to say to city leaders – write again. Let them know we are still watching and still horrified. Share this info with the many caring pet owners you know so that they can write letters too. If you need bullet points for possible items to include in a letter, here you go:
Summary of Concerns at Memphis Animal Services
The killing of pets who are not medically hopeless and suffering nor have they been declared a danger to society by a qualified party.
The killing of pets when there are empty cages at the shelter.
The killing of pets who have never been made available to the public for adoption, rescue or foster.
The killing of pets due to disease outbreak without ever making a public plea for help with quarantine to save lives.
Failure of the shelter to vaccinate all incoming pets as per standard disease prevention protocol.
Failure of the shelter to remove dogs and food from cages during cleaning as per standard disease prevention protocol.
Failure of the shelter to utilize their Chameleon software to interface with PetHarbor so that every pet is viewable online by the public.
Failure of the shelter to properly train and/or enforce humane handling of pets by the staff.
Failure of the shelter to implement a TNR program so that the number of feral cats in the community can be reduced over time.
Failure of the shelter to keep cats separated from the sight, sound and smell of dogs in order to reduce stress and make the population less susceptible to disease.
Failure of the shelter to provide daily aerobic exercise for dogs for social stimulation and in order to reduce stress and make the population less susceptible to disease."