FULTON COUNTY GOVERNMENT: Select LifeLine Animal Project To Run Fulton County Animal Services
Tired of tax dollars in Fulton County going to the killing of our lost, healthy and adoptable pets? Paying for failure to reunite pets with owners? Mismanagement of funds?
Right now the fate and well being of shelter pets hangs in the balance in Fulton County, GA.
WE MUST ACT NOW because the formal contract with the previous provider is over and our animals are in danger.
Two bids were submitted to take over Fulton County Animal Control Services.
One is a for profit group unrelated to animal welfare called The Siwel Group LC affiliated with Ron Totten, who failed as a director of Fulton County Animal Services with higher than a 80% kill rate.
Be Forewarned - A FOR PROFIT company like Siwel has one incentive - to make money and not the welfare of our pets. They could decide it is more profitable to sell our pets bodies to labs instead of trying to find the owners or rehoming them!
The other bidder is the obvious and only competent choice, Lifeline Animal Project, a renowned non profit with 10 years of solid compassionate animal welfare experience. Rebecca Guinn the executive director is a nationally recognized animal hero.
You can help save many lives immediately by simply letting Fulton County know they must choose LifeLine. If they hear from enough people and also voters that will sway them.
Let the Commissioners knows asap we will no longer tolerate a regressive catch and kill pound immediately.
They can vote on this at any time and are may do so January 23rd!
Rebecca Guinn has dedicated her life to humane treatment for companion animals. Dekalb County GA proclaimed May 17th “Rebecca Guinn Day” in recognition of her animal community service. Also skilled as an attorney, she wrote the legislation that ultimately banned the use of gas chambers in Georgia shelters. Lifeline has an emphasis on low cost spay neuter and has performed 65000 surgeries. Lifeline has a goal of saving all healthy and treatable pets.
Ron Totten in addition to killing the vast majority of the pets in his “care”, did not allow the public in for adoptions when he previously ran the shelter. In a prior bid ten years ago he proposed euthanizing pets earlier than the county mandated hold time of 7 days. He has not been in animal welfare for the past ten years.
The County wanted to award the bid to Ron Totten's group despite his hideous record during his previous bid. It was only due to public outcry that his group did not get the bid!
Without your support we fear they will choose Ron Totten’s group again. Please don’t let that happen. The shelter pets are counting on you.
Tell them to vote NO to Siwel and YES to LifeLine.
If you are a Fulton resident politely remind them that it is OUR tax dollars, you are a constituent and you do vote.
In addition to signing the petition please take a moment to send a letter as that will get even better response.
Dates and address of Commission meetings where people can speak, contact info and suggested phone scripts for those that also want to call to voice their opinions to the decision makers are here .
UPDATE: Pet Advocates Network is NOT affiliated with LifeLine and this Petition and Letter has NOT been generated by LifeLine nor did they have any knowledge of it before being generated. Concerned citizens have a right to make public comments and express themselves to county employees and elected officials.
Fulton County is currently reviewing bids for the provision of animal services and a vote is imminent.
As a constituent and taxpayer this issue is of paramount importance. Most citizens in Fulton are also pet owners, making this an even more important selection as it impacts our family members.
I am writing to express my support for LifeLine Animal Project as the best qualified of the two bidders.
LifeLine Animal Project maintains an excellent reputation due its ten-year history of saving animals and providing services to the public. LifeLine operates shelters and low-cost spay/neuter clinics, provides veterinary services under a contract with DeKalb County Animal Services, manages an annual budget of over $1 Million, and already has an extensive network of volunteers, pet foster homes, rescue partners,and private donors. Lifeline will offer transparency in it's dealings with the public and the county.
The other bidder, The Siwel Group, LLC, is a for-profit consulting firm without any animal welfare background, whose ability to recruit volunteers and solicit private donations to provide additional services and programs at no cost to the public will be limited. In reality a for profit will require much more money to operate as little to no costs can be offset by donations and that impacts services. Additionally, Siwel’s prospective Director of FCAS, Ron Totten, has a track record of failed leadership at the shelter, as evidenced by the kill rate of over 80% during his tenure as Director of FCAS and the public outcry that occurred the last time he attempted to regain control of the shelter in 2003.
Ron Totten has failed to demonstrate his ability to manage a service-oriented animal control agency or maximize live outcomes, and with a stellar alternative like LifeLine, there is no reason to put our community, reputation, and pets at risk. Moreover, The Siwel Group’s status as a for-profit company will likely conflict with the community’s expectation that tax dollars will go toward the care of pets and public services. With LifeLine, Fulton County Animal Services has the potential to be a source of pride and additional revenue for the County and a model for other animal control agencies.
More reasons Fulton must select Lifeline and reject Siwel are listed here http://petadvocatesnetwork.org/wordpress/2013/01/07/reasons-fulton-county-must-choose-lifeline-over-siwel/
A FOR PROFIT company like Siwel has one incentive - to make money and not the welfare of our pets. They could decide it is more profitable to kill, then sell our pets bodies to labs instead of trying to find the owners or rehoming them!
100's of communities around the country now have progressive non profit shelters as LifeLine will provide, with a modern life affirming mission. They attract better employees, community support, and local business sponsorships that in turn benefit in revenue from this goodwill. Some of these shelters even become a tourist attraction. Isn't it time we had a shelter befitting our world class city? The answer is YES.
You demonstrated Fulton values and takes seriously humane animal welfare. You transformed a pitiful zoo into a magnificent one. You issued a ban on bull hooks for several elephants who are only in our city for two weeks a year, despite the potential loss of revenue. It is unthinkable that you would willingly provide substandard animal services to our county’s thousands of shelter animals, most of whom are simply constituents’ lost pets.
Our pets deserve a true shelter, a safe haven and not a regressive catch and kill pound. As a citizen and tax payer I deem Siwel completely unacceptable.
I look forward to congratulating you on being a hero to companion animals in selecting LifeLine as our new provider.