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animal shelters

85 petitions

Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Celina Rivera, George Algelt, Cynthia Collazo, Alex Perez, Council member Vielma District 5, Alberto Torres, Clarissa Rangel, KGNS: Laredo, TX

CHANGES MUST BE MADE AT THE HIGH-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER IN LAREDO, TEXAS!

We the signed are asking that immediate changes be made at Laredo Animal Care Services, in Laredo, Texas.  While their name implies that they are caring for the animals they are responsible for, animal care appears to be the last thing they do.  Animals are not being fed or watered adequately, nor cleaned up after with hygiene in mind, resulting in animals getting sick while in the shelter.  Nursing moms are left to care for their babies on cold steel or concrete.  While clean bedding donations have been made for the comfort and warmth of the animals, very little are used.  I personally had 6 large plastic garbage bags filled with clean linens that I washed myself that were all discarded, after being told they were covered with urine, feces and hair.  Since I personally laundered all of the items and some were actually brand new, this was nothing but an outright lie. The shelter makes very little effort to make the public aware of the animals that they have on the premises.  Others and I have repeatedly requested photos be taken of the animals upon intake and be immediately posted but these requests are continually rejected.  Most of the animals that enter the shelter are killed without ever being given a chance to be seen by the public.  While there are animal rescues all over Texas, and the country, that want to help the shelters that have little help, they can't help when they don't know what animals are even available.  For the few that are posted, updates are horrible and many times, rescues trying to save an animal are being told the animal has already been killed. Most shelters let the public know when an animal is scheduled to be euthanized with at least 24 hours notice but not so with Laredo.  They just kill when they happen to feel like it.  And while they kill approximately 20 animals a day, again, the majority of these are never shown to the public.  The shelter is completely lacking in any kind of transparency.  Intake of the animals is much larger than anyone can imagine with the small number of photos that are ever displayed. Record keeping at the shelter also seems to be rather amateur at best.  People have attempted to recover a lost pet, only to be told they must wait 72 hours and in 72 hours, they return to find the animal was euthanized.  Rescues have tagged animals and then are told the animal was euthanized-later they find out the animal is still there.  These type of stories go on and on.  With this being the 21st century and wonderful computer programs available, there is absolutely no excuse for such discrepancies with record keeping.  Animals should each have a clear record that remains with it at all times, with any interest or activity noted on it immediately. With a vet now on the staff of the shelter, there is absolutely no excuse for the basic info such as the sex of the animal not to be made available and an approximate age for the animal.  People ask these questions over and over again but this is not something that the shelter considers important.  If an animal starts showing signs of an easily treated illness, they are not treated with basic antibiotics but are left to suffer and eventually be killed or die naturally.  This is extremely inhumane. The conditions that the animals are kept in have many local residents leaving the shelter in tears and very traumatized.  I can't tell you how many horror stories I have heard from different people when visiting the shelter, yet I have been also told that the staff at the shelter have very nice accommodations for doing everything but animal care.  This seems entirely contradictory to the purpose of having an animal care facility. We, the signed, implore the Laredo government to demand changes in the shelter and to make animal care the priority, as is implied in their name!  The animals lives depend on you.  Thank you.

pamela plummer
2,481 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to HELP the Animals of Richmond Indiana

JUSTICE for Cupcake, Princess, Red, Ben, Si, Vance, and Whylie - REMOVAL of HELP Director

On Sunday November 12th the public became aware that HELP the ANIMALS of Richmond Indiana, a NO KILL Shelter, supported by public donation and community volunteers, did voluntarily euthanize Cupcake, Princess, Red, Ben, Si, Vance, and Whylie... dogs placed in their care to find appropriate homes. In addition, it is asserted that the Director and Board of HELP the ANIMALS of Richmond Indiana, also worked to pressure, coerce, and threaten workers and volunteers of HELP the ANIMALS of Richmond Indiana, to not ask questions, or share this information, and/or the fact that these dogs were missing. Since the shelter is supported by the community, and this community had placed its trust, donations, time, and support in the mission of saving every animal entrusted to their care, we the community of Richmond Indiana, AND the avid supporters of HELP the ANIMALS of Richmond Indiana DEMAND the following: 1) If true, we DEMAND the immediate removal of the current Director of HELP the ANIMALS of Richmond Indiana - Jamie Glandon. 2) An open internal investigation into the current Board of Directors, to determine if any of them knew in advance and supported this action - if so we DEMAND their immediate removal. 3) An open internal investigation into the current Board of Directors, or any that subsequently found out about this action, and worked to pressure, coerce, and threaten workers and volunteers of HELP the ANIMALS of Richmond Indiana, to not ask questions, or share this information, and/or the fact that these dogs were missing - if so we DEMAND their immediate removal. 4) An open and public accounting of the current operation of HELP the ANIMALS of Richmond Indiana - to ensure the solvency and operating procedures are in agreement with the STATED purpose of protecting all animals entrusted to their care - AS A NO KILL SHELTER. If these demands are not addressed and openly and publicly met, the community and animals advocates of Richmond Indiana and Wayne County, will be forced to openly and publicly protest the HELP SHELTER of RICHMOND INDIANA UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY ARE MET.

Kenneth David Bane
2,683 supporters
Update posted 6 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
8,984 supporters