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Petition to Ron Cink, Chris Elliot, Frank Burt, Tucker Dorsey, Charles Gruber

Changes Must Be Made to Stop Baldwin County Animal Shelter from Returning to High Kill

This petition is addressed to the Baldwin County AL Board of Commissioners (Frank Burt District 1, Chris Elliot District 2, Tucker Dorsey District 3, Charles Gruber District 4, County Administrator / Budget (Ron Cink), and the Baldwin County Animal Shelter Board of Trustees to express serious concerns regarding the treatment of animals as well as the operation,management, and oversight of the Baldwin County Animal Shelter in Summerdale AL. Several 501c3 Non-Profit Animal Rescue organizations working with the Baldwin County Animal Control Center for several years have successfully rescued hundreds of animals from this shelter. Our involvement with the former Director made a 1.5 year no kill rate of healthy dogs possible in Baldwin County. Since Baldwin County assumed control in October, changes in staff and practices have eroded this relationship with your constituents and rescue organizations; and more importantly, destroying healthy dogs has skyrocketed and the quality of care and behavioral and mental health has plummeted. Liability is a HUGE concern for you, just as the animal's safety and welfare are HUGE concerns for us. We believe both of our concerns are mutually beneficial to the goal of compassionately providing adequate food and shelter for the animals while making them available for rescue and adoption. Operational protocols for routine, daily procedures are constantly in the process of being written and approved, and access to animals is denied. Independent and unbiased regulatory measures are non-existent. Everything is done in-house and without taking reasonable steps to promote the behavioral and mental welfare of the animals. Instead, the shelter is left to supervise itself, be monitored by budget personnel, and be advised by a hand-picked Board of Trustees. All of which has been happening without the spirit of transparency suggested in the Code of Alabama sections 3-10- 2, 3-10- 3 and 3-10- 4 as reports have not been shared upon request. Evaluation of animal behavior is not carried out in a consistent and objective manner. The director was heard saying she relies on her gut to determine whether a dog is aggressive. Using this technique has resulted in numerous dogs having "Do Not Walk" signs posted on their enclosure while turning away offers of help from trained animal behaviorists. Rescue organizations have been denied the opportunity to assume responsibility and rehabilitate certain dogs without a substantiated explanation. All too often, there is a rush to make judgment and destroy beautiful, healthy dogs. On the rare occasion rescue organizations get an explanation,staff cite consensus with veterinarians; however, this constitutes a conflict of interest since these veterinarians are members of the Board and financially benefit from euthanizing the dogs. Qualifications of shelter staff do not appear to be in line with their assigned duties. Members of rescue organizations witnessed several handling errors with current staff. Recently, two major incidents occurred because dogs were not properly secured in their kennels. Staff did not know how to properly de-escalate the situation and take control of the animals. Staff have been observed flinching from certain dogs even when the dog is securely in his assigned enclosure. In fact, they have promoted unwanted behavior by encouraging the dog to play with their barehand. All this implies little to no training--beginning with basics such as walking an animal on a leash. We, the undersigned organizations and persons, are requesting the following actions: RECOMMENDATIONS 1. REPLACE THE CURRENT DIRECTOR. Let this document serve as a vote of no confidence in the ability and qualifications of the current director. We recommend removing her from her post and replacing her with someone who knows the difference between animal control and an animal shelter. Someone who does not demonize dogs, but rather one who is compassionate and understands the physical and mental needs of dogs in a shelter setting. 2. REVISIT MANAGEMENT OF THE SHELTER. Proposals have been submitted in the past without the benefit of transparency, so they were destined to fall short. Please consider opening the door for a qualified agency or consortium of agencies to re-submit proposals. 3. TRANSPARENCY. Excuses and secrecy permeate the shelter. Make information readily accessible. The work of rescue organizations is time-sensitive, so access to timely exchange of information is essential. Data from the previous month's report is too late to save lives. This impedes the collaborative efforts necessary to achieve our primary mission of saving dogs lives while maintaining the safety of staff, volunteers, and rescue organizations. 4. MISSION. Develop a Mission Statement and Strategic Plan for the operation, management, routine monitoring, and impartial oversight of the Baldwin County Animal Shelter. 5. OBJECTIVES. SMART objectives should be developed SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. The key here is objective, consistently applied to assess job performance. It also applies to evaluation of dogs' physical, mental, and behavioral health at intake and daily so immediate intervention can take place as needed. 6. ANIMAL ACTION PLANS. Develop and maintain action plans for each animal. The key here is to tailor plans that both promote optimal physical and mental health (i.e., vaccinations, de-worming, living conditions), and encourage stimulation for dogs to avoid  psychological decompensation --especially long-term residents.  Allow the recues and their volunteers to have access to the dogs and provide the extra attention the dogs need for the best outcome. 7. STAFF TRAINING. Develop or identify existing training for staff who handle dogs-- beginning with the basics. Do not assume previous experience takes the place of quality training. Bad habits and emotional triggers should be addressed. 8. OPERATION. Develop or identify existing operational protocols necessary to operate and maintain the Baldwin County Animal Shelter. The key here is to provide procedural guidance that is clear, concise, and consistently applied. Impartial internal and external checks and balances should be included to avoid an autocracy. We recommend adding a representative from one or more rescue organizations to the Board of Trustees. 9. MONITORING, EVALUATION, AND QUALITY CONTROL. Develop or identify existing protocols for regulating and monitoring the 1) shelter, 2) its employees' performance, and 3) the animals' physical and mental well-being. Protocols should include assessment and quality control methods and tools with built-in internal and external checks and balances to avoid an autocracy. 10. AMENDMENT - DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT AN ACTION PLAN FOR CATS.  This plan should include receiving stray cats and developing a good adoption plan for them;  establishing relationships with cats rescues to provide resources for unadoptable cats; setting up TNR programs in every city in the county; starting a barn cat program.   The current solution of leaving the cats on the streets to fend for themselves is not acceptable.  REFERENCES:  Code of Alabama 3-10- 2/3/4 SMART Objectives poster Association of Shelter Veterinarians Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters Beltrami Humane Society Strategic Plan Keys to Successful Performance Measures (for Animal Shelters)

Baldwin Co. Citizens for CHANGE
9,515 supporters
Started 6 hours ago

Petition to Raleigh M.

Taylor Animal Control and Shelter: Save the Animals

The Taylor Animal Control and Animal Shelter need help. It is my opinion the staff needs to be fired and better training policies in place. I personally have called Animal Control for opossums, raccoons, snakes, groundhogs and more. In Michigan, you legally cannot travel with a caged animal to release it. However, when you call animal control they do not come and pick up the animal! They also do not provide traps. They do not patrol. They do not have their own phone line or emergency line. It is impossible to get help from this department.  The shelter needs help too! The animals are not properly taken care of. Nor is it adequately sought to get homes for the animals. I have called to adopt a dog on several occassions and cannot get a hold of anyone. Come to find out, they auction off the animals to the highest bidder first.  My son and his classmates have tried to volunteer there and they do not return our requests. There is absolutely no reason to turn away volunteers. Especially children who want to help the community when there really isnt much for our youth to do in this community. If I were an Animal Control officer I would host events to educate the community. I would try to set up a dog park. I would partner with schools, retirement homes, hospitals and more to get donated goods such as blankets, bowls, food etc for the animal shelter. I would provide more training for officers. I would update the adoption website. I would get a direct line and assure an emergency line works. I would have on call officers. These are just a few small changes that can be made and many more. The mere fact that the Animal Control officer has not made these simple changes demonstrates how he is not fit for the responsibilities of this position.  If you feel change needs to happen in the Taylor Animal Control Department and Animal Shelter, sign this petition to better help serve the public and animals. Animals are being uncared for an euthanized due to the neglect of this department. We need a change and these animals need our voice! I have contacted Mayor Sollars and am hoping for immediate action and change.  **If after signing, you are prompted to "chip in" that money does not go to this cause. It goes to the website. Please do not donate thinking it is going to help save the animals. It goes to Change . org. Not me or the cause** All I am asking is for you to sign and ask 5 others to sign or post to social media. Then I will present the signatures to the mayor. Thank you for your signature and help! 

Raleigh Minning, M.S.C.J, MSc, (MBA)
38 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to City of Dallas

Rescue Rusty - Keep Pup From Being Killed!

Please note: this is the official #rescuerusty petition for Dallas Pets Alive! Any other petitions pertaining to this matter, or their expressed viewpoints, are not affiliated with or represent the opinions of DPA.  Rusty is a rescue dog facing euthanasia after biting an unattended child at an adoption event hosted by Dallas Pets Alive on Dec. 16, 2017. The child was treated and released at a local emergency room and, thankfully, is recovering quickly. The City of Dallas has seized Rusty for having caused “serious bodily injury” under Texas Health & Safety Code 822.001 - 822.004. This would allow a court to order Rusty be killed. Dallas Pets Alive greatly values the health and safety of our community and takes dog bites very seriously. That being said, they firmly believe that the death of an animal should never be the first step in resolving a first-time single-bite incident. Dallas Pets Alive wants to keep both the community and Rusty safe and has offered a positive solution to the City of Dallas to ensure that our community remains safe and that Rusty is given a chance at life. However, the City of Dallas still wants to kill Rusty even with a positive solution in place that ensures our community remains safe and Rusty is given a chance at life.  It would be a failure of justice if Rusty were to be killed after one incident when a peaceful resolution that meets the needs of all parties is readily available. We are asking the City of Dallas to reconsider moving forward with costly legal proceedings at the taxpayers’ expense and release Rusty to a rescue for rehabilitation, NOW. Please do not let Rusty die alone after spending more than a year looking for a permanent home. Give him the chance at a real life and a real home with people who have had repeated success rehabilitating dogs that have never had a real chance. Please sign this petition to urge the City of Dallas to work with Dallas Pets Alive toward an agreement that addresses the concerns of all involved parties.  Background on Incident:After taking the time to perform a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, Dallas Pets Alive has come to the conclusion that Rusty (the rescue dog), who has no history of aggressive behavior or biting, most likely bit the child out of fear. While the child had been in the area prior to the incident with his mother, at the time of the incident, he had approached Rusty on his own. Rusty was on a leash and in a seated position and had shown no signs of aggression at the event. This leads us to conclude that when the unattended child approached Rusty, the dog likely reacted in fear.  The American Veterinary Medical Association states that dogs bite as a reaction to something (stress, fear, protection, etc.) and in Rusty’s case we believe it was an isolated incident given the exciting, but still stressful, environment of a busy park with strange noises/smells and an unknown person on his level reaching for him. Medical providers, park personnel, and the police were immediately contacted and have completed reports as well. Although Rusty was current on all vaccinations, Dallas Animal Services was also contacted to initiate the mandatory 10-day quarantine after such an incident. Dallas Pets Alive’s first priority always is the safety of potential adopters and children who attend their events, and this is the first time they have experienced an incident such as this. In the course of their lengthy investigation, they reviewed their existing policies and procedures for adoption events and have implemented additional policies regarding children and rescue animals in an effort to even further minimize the likelihood of this happening again. About Dallas Pets Alive! Dallas Pets Alive! is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to making Dallas a no-kill community for companion animals. They pull urgent and at-risk dogs off the euthanasia list at the city shelter, Dallas Animal Services (where Rusty came from). They have successfully helped increase the city’s live release rate from 42.7% in 2012 to 73.3% in 2016. Dallas Pets Alive does not have a shelter facility, meaning they rely entirely on a team of volunteer foster families to care for pets until they're adopted into a “furever home.” Adoption events at local parks and other event venues are their main avenue for connecting adoptable dogs with potential adopters.

Dallas Pets Alive
38,092 supporters
Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Massachusetts Legislators

Extend Massachusetts's seven day hold to include cats and owner surrenders

Many of us believe that ALL homeless dogs and cats and other domestic animals (such as bunnies, gerbils, etc) should have the BASIC right to go to a good home. Yet, in Massachusetts only stray dogs are afforded the BASIC right to be held at an animal shelter for 7 days before being euthanized --- this is so that the lost dog's owner has the chance to find and re-claim his or her pet.  The mandated minimum hold time for cats, rabbits, gerbils and other animals is zero days........yes 0 days. (Owner surrendered dogs also have a mandated minimum hold period of zero days.....) As the pet parent of cats, I would like to know that my cat -- should he or she become lost (although indoor cats, one can accidentally go outdoors) would also be held for 7 days so that I can find and re-claim my pet. As an animal owner, I would like to know that if illness or other condition forces me to relinquish my animals to a shelter, that my pets will not be killed right away -- simply because my animal is an owner surrender. I have no plans to surrender my animals -- most animal owners do not -- but animals should not suffer an immediate death for circumstances beyond the owner's control. Please join me in asking Massachusetts legislators to extend the mandated 7 days hold to all homeless domestic animals, unless seriously or terminally ill.  (Community Cats, unless seriously or terminally ill, should not be killed at all, but returned to the place found or another suitable location)

Committee for Pet Shelter Animals
4,673 supporters