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Petition to Harrisonburg City Council

Approve a No-Kill Shelter in the Shenandoah Valley

     For too long, the city of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley have been without an official no-kill shelter. The current shelter, the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, euthanizes 6.8 cats per 1,000 taxpayers supporting the shelter, a rate over double the next-closest shelter in Virginia. An independent study found their adoption and website protocols out of date, preventing the adoption and ensuring the euthanization of a large number of  healthy, adoptable animals.      One of these animals was a friendly, loving, beautiful community cat named Phez, whose picture you can see in this petition. Phez was a resident of Pheasant Run Townhomes, cared for by the management office and with a home in the maintenance shed. Phez was loved by the residents of Pheasant Run, often following them on walks or making himself at home in apartments. He was never once aggressive to anyone, even other animals, and seemed to only want love and attention. On April 28th, Phez followed a resident into their apartment, as he so often did. This resident, wanting Phez out of their apartment, called Harrisonburg Animal Control, who picked him up that evening. Animal Control posted a picture of an officer with Phez on their Facebook page, describing him as a "friendly fellow." The next day, a resident of Pheasant Run commented on the Facebook post, naming him as belonging to the complex's management office, but no attempt was ever made to reach the management office by Animal Control. A few days later, in early May, Phez was taken to the RHSPCA. By the time the management at Pheasant Run located Phez on May 10th, the RHSPCA had already euthanized him. After struggling to receive any paperwork or explanation from the RHPSCA, one of the apartment managers was told that he had been put down the previous day. Phez had allegedly bit an employee but did not break the skin, so he was going to be placed for adoption - but later, when being transported, bit another employee, deemed "aggressive," and euthanized. The partial paperwork, eventually received by Pheasant Run's management, had a significant amount of information crossed out and re-written, and a large number of dates contradicted each other - four dates were listed on the same paperwork regarding his intake from Animal Control. The RHSPCA has declined to release the rest of the paperwork, forcing a request to be filed with the state of Virginia for access to the rest of Phez's records. This seems to indicate some element of wrongdoing or cover-up in Phez's death, and for many, this has been the final straw in the already-tumultuous relationship with the RHSPCA.      Several local organizations have no-kill adoption centers - for example, Cat's Cradle for cats and Anicira Veterinary Clinic for dogs. Why, then, is the RHSPCA not no-kill? Anicira has presented a Public-Private Partnership proposal to Harrisonburg's City Council, requesting the contract to become the locality's animal shelter. They have the resources, facilities, and drive to be the best they can be for the Valley's animals, and provide our best hope for replacing the outdated, high-kill shelter that is our current RHSPCA. This proposal will be addressed soon by City Council; an exact date will be posted in an update to this petition once it is confirmed. For animals like Phez, who deserve so much more than the RHSPCA offers, please consider signing, to send the message to the Harrisonburg City Council that we can and must do better, by partnering with Anicira and making Harrisonburg as friendly of a city to animals as it is to its people.       For those located in Harrisonburg and able to attend the City Council meeting, please find a Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/301710236922342 where you can mark yourself down as attending with other Friends of Phez and supporters of Valley animals!

Emily Swope
2,800 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Elaine Hays Councilmember Place One, Ginger Nelson

Reform The City of Amarillo Texas Animal Shelter to a No Kill Facility Shelter

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. "            Mahatma  Gandhi                           City Commissioners City of Amarillo Texas     Reform The City of Amarillo Texas  Animal Shelter to a No Kill Facility Shelter       Killing is the ultimate form of violence. While cruelty and suffering are abhorrent, while cruelty and suffering are painful, while cruelty and suffering should be condemned and rooted out, there is nothing worse than death, because death is final. An animal subjected to pain and suffering can be rescued. A traumatized animal subjected to savage cruelty can even be rehabilitated, this is scientifically proven.    SEEKING JUSTICE FOR SHELTER ANIMAL MURDER AND ABUSE  Make The City of Amarillo Texas Animal Shelter “Pound”    A  NO    KILL   SHELTER   FOR   ANIMALS     Require it mandatory that all staff know State and Federal Law concerning animals, especially assistance animals and wild life.                                    Named  #1  for animal  cruelty abuse in  the past years this facility has been operating from the start of existence by The City of Amarillo while the general public watches in horror of exposed event after event.  For many years I have personally witnessed these actions . . .  This cruel and horrendous facility is operated in the name of revenue only for the City, consider the fact that there have been many previous complaints of animal neglect, abuse and torture. .      Each animal who died or was abused at the hands of this operation  deserved a better option.  example :  A Senior/Senior man in tears begging for mercy on his best friend “dog” asking them the please wait a day so he could pay them his Social Security check would be available,  he didn’t mean to be bad when he crawled under the fence,  is only one of thousands of incidents ; they killed his Best Friend anyway.     There is plenty of room/land for expansion, if needed, many cages are empty now on a continued basis. Community volunteers constantly donate time and supplies. It would not be a tax payer burden nor has it ever been, only fund management has been a problem.     The  revenue will be increased actually and that is always been the goal . .  I have watched The Amarillo Municipal Court and saw the terror and frustration to everyday working people with  huge unnecessary high fines and tickets, that go beyond any reason and sometimes there was no actual real offence ..  but it cost more to fight the situation than hand over their family grocery money for the month. Some must pay a ticket on their family friend that was already killed at the pound, trying to explain to their children why “Rover”  can not play with them any more. Also violations of laws concerning wild animals, farm stock and even Assistance Animals..are ignored.  ANIMAL  TORTURE  is defined as: “infliction of or subjection to extreme physical pain, motivated by an intent to increase or prolong the pain, suffering, or agony of the animal.”Conviction is a Class 3 Felony. In addition to other penalties provided by law, the person  or persons will be required to undergo psychological evaluation and treatment. Why should this law bypass an Animal Pound Facility, and those who chose to do this there ?  Previous  petitions for change have been a Victory to some extent but past experience tells us that this facility will only return to it’s old mode of operation once it assumes the public is not watching, as quickly as possible for them. https://www.change.org/p/city-of-amarillo-terminate-employment-of-animal-control-administrators-currently-on-paid-leave-and-install-new-leadership-to-bring-the-facility-into-compliance?recruiter=2706795&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-md-no_src-custom_msg&utm_content=rp_petition_fb_share_desc%3Adescription&fb_ref=Default ;      For decades, law-enforcement officers and psychiatrists have noted a consistent pattern: Violent criminals "start out" by tormenting, maiming and killing companion animals, wild animals or farm animals. The FBI has recognized the link since the 1970s, when agents analyzed in detail the life histories of various imprisoned serial killers, searching for patterns. When animals are abused, people are at risk. These findings deserves a RED FLAG, all over the Nation. !!   A few short months ago, the ASPCA and HSUS co-presented an adoption seminar where they finally admitted that there is a huge market for shelter animals that vastly exceeds the number of animals killed for lack of a home (17 million homes vs. 3 million killed); that we can adopt our way out of killing; that we should; and that we will when shelters change their practices." "Animals in shelters are not being killed because there are too many of them, because there are too few homes, or because the public is irresponsible. Animals in shelters are dying for primarily one reason--because people in shelters are killing them. " -Nathan Winograd, founder of the No Kill Advocacy Center https://www.facebook.com/nathanwinograd/posts/832630653427847 * Begin to address the true causes of shelter killing.* Force shelters to change the way they operate so that animals are kept alive long enough to get into those homes. .have the Shelter open hours that the normal everyday working public can visit, view and adopt. • Stop promoting and defending the practice of shelters killing animals when there are empty cages. .• Stop working to defeat laws that mandate all the programs and procedures that allow shelters to replace killing with alternatives . .• Stop telling shelters that they are free to keep killing, rather than implement those alternatives to killing . .* Return animals to owners after being on the watched row.* Have payment plans for adoption and return plan of lost animals that is reasonable. . below cost for low income hardships. Google search will turn up widespread complaints continuing to this very day, concerns about lack of quality care and/or killing that fall on defiant ears.  Statistics show  the city violent crime rate for Amarillo  was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 68.05%, this is the way Amarillo is seen by the world, also seen is  the crime and conduct toward helpless animals. Does Amarillo really want the stigma, and disgraceful conduct allowed by City Officials concerning animals ? Have you ever looked into the eyes of a dog or any animal. . . Please don't tell me there's no soul in there. A soul is energy. And basic physics states "energy cannot be created or destroyed. . . . Only transformed". There is a big difference between a plant, a pet or any animal.  A Plant or object  cannot love or feel pain or sorrow or loneliness or feel fear. If an entity can feel those things it has a soul. And since a soul is energy it cannot cease to exist. If you took science in high school or have common sense this is obvious.  The Animals belong to The Creator of All, not man to do as he choses.   Protected by universal laws, how will he see what you do to them ? To: All Viewers of this Petition Please sign   We  The Undersigned petition  a   NO KILL SHELTER for   “ Amarillo Texas “  to abolish the death chamber/manner of horrors there now.... expand, improve, update the 40 year old facility, remove  any sadistic people who intentionally seek those jobs for their own motives in the joy of pain or kill,  they can get by with it with the animals, but not humans.. . require strict compliance to all laws concerning animals, state and federal. . . these are easily available.. courses  though the college online also.   Many are there working diligently help them make it a compassionate model shelter.    Animals have feelings too !          Please consider a  forward to all you know are concerned distribute broadly to others for signature: 

Betty Garrity
8,641 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Jennifer Hawkins, OC Board of Supervisors

Stop the Killing of Karma the Dog(safe)/ Change leadership at Orange County Animal Services!

With the dog's life saved, we are now looking to change leadership at Orange County Animal Services.  As Karma is now safe in a sanctuary! Karma, a young, healthy, sweet Husky mix was taken from her loving family by Orange County Animal Care on May 25th, after adults in the family were alleged to have been engaged in a dispute. A judge then ordered Karma to be executed because they determined she is part wolf. Now, animal advocates worldwide are trying to convince authorities to spare her life. Please sign this petition urging the OC Board of Supervisors and OC Animal Care Chief Veterinarian Jennifer Hawkins not to kill Karma. Her family loves her and would gladly have her back. But if Orange County is unwilling to free her because of concerns that she is a wolf hybrid, let her live out her days at an appropriate sanctuary equipped to care for such dogs. For four months now, Karma has been in isolation with no access to run, take a walk, stretch her legs, or breathe fresh air. She’s allowed no visits from her owners. Karma is a wonderful and friendly dog. She is friendly and has never shown any indication that there is reason to question her loyalty to humans. Karma is also a licensed service dog, having helped her owner with the effects of PTSD. Only first generation wolf hybrids are illegal in the state of California, and counties are allowed to determine their own policies regarding second or third generation hybrids, of which Karma is one. When Karma was taken by Animal Care, officials looked into her history and found an extremely low wolf content on her DNA test. Karma is anything but wild, far from vicious, and she should not be condemned to this terrible fate when her breed is perfectly legal in the state.   Five dog rescue groups have stepped forward and said they are willing to take Karma. Why would Orange County stand in their way? Please help us convince the OC Board of Supervisors and OC Animal Care Chief Veterinarian Jennifer Hawkins not to kill Karma. Urge them to release her to a suitable facility.  

Michael W.
159,791 supporters