Topic

no kill shelters

7 petitions

Started 5 months ago

Petition to Scott Sanders, Joe Gatto, Linda Westergaard, Frank Cownie, Bill Gray, Connie Boesen, Josh Mandelbaum, Chris Coleman

Make Des Moines a No-Kill City

Dear Des Moines residents, city council, city manager, and animal welfare activists: (Edited to add: I know many of you outside Des Moines have a lot to add to this conversation - however, at this time I would like to try to keep this particular petition to Des Moines residents only. Thanks for understanding.) The City of Des Moines is currently creating a contract for FIFTEEN YEARS for its animal control. Previously the contract was awarded to Animal Rescue League of Iowa, and likely will be again. If you care about companion animals, then this contract should be an issue for you. Let me preface: I'm not anti-ARL. ARL has the volunteer power, funds, space, and staff to be the catalyst for the no-kill change that is long overdue in this city! They have the capability to rescue animals that most other rescues in the area cannot accommodate, like horses and pigs. They have the experts on hand to offer educational opportunities. They have full time marketing staff to really get their name out in the public.  But, aside from all this - ARL is a kill shelter.  They've contended that they are "essentially a no-kill shelter", but this is inaccurate - either you are or you aren't, and they aren't. Historically they do not present accurate data so it's difficult to know exactly how many animals they have euthanized. Every other animal welfare organization is required to keep accurate data - why isn't ARL being held to this same standard? Why is the city of Des Moines still behind the times and allowing a kill shelter to run animal control when we have resources to make our animal control no kill? I keep getting sassy feedback from folks with comments like, "Euthanasia is the most humane option in some cases!" Yes. It is. This is not an issue or argument against euthanasia. Every reputable rescue has animals that they need to put down because it is the kindest and most humane option. Everyone in the animal welfare community would agree that isn't what this debate is or should be about. Another comment: "Other rescues dump their animals at ARL, that's how they are no-kill!" Really? Then why aren't you mad? Why isn't ARL mad? Why isn't anyone speaking up about these shady practices? I put this back on all of you who supposedly know about this, but have yet to report it. Nobody agrees with this practice and if it's true, nobody would support rescues doing this type of shady work. You cannot be passionate about giving animals a voice if you allow this to continue. ARL is known for holding animals captured by animal control for years and taking a hands-off approach in all animal control cases. It doesn't make sense, if they are holding the animals they should be the ones approaching city council letting them know the temperament/situation regarding the animal. ARL has put a gag order on the city, so if you ask your city representative questions they are legally unable to respond. That is highly unprofessional and dangerous to our companion animals, not to mention completely opaque in a situation that should rely on transparency. To be clear, this petition is not about changing the ARL. However, they are likely going to win this contract, and this petition is about changing the animal control policies that are being put in place and administered by ARL.  At the city council meeting on 4/23/18, Joe Gatto made it clear he supports status quo. Clearly he has never had an animal he cared about captured by animal control. Before anyone throws stones and claims only irresponsible pet owners would allow this, think a minute. Has your pet really never once escaped from your home when you're opening the door for delivery pizza or to get the mail? It happens. Accidents happen. I'd hate to think of what may happen if this animal could look like a pit bull in any way, shape, or form. You may never see your pet again unless you have years to fight it in court and endless funds. This happens in Des Moines. It's currently happening right now, today. Josh Mandelbaum is a (maybe the?) voice of reason on the city council. He sees the need for us, the tax paying resident of Des Moines, to give feedback on the proposed contract.  Things I ask we all demand of our animal control contract: make animal control no kill. Allow licensed rescues to pull animals on death row. Allow transparency clauses. Hold the rescue awarded the contract accountable for providing data. Allow the public to view the contract. Better yet, form an advisory panel of animal control experts in Des Moines to oversee the formation, implementation, and regulation of this contract! End and send date for this petition is 5/5/18.  Thank you!    

Melissa Alto-Kintigh
664 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Congress

Mandatory Sterilization for all State Shelters

According to Americanhumane.org, 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized. Freeing up space through the unfortunately bleak method of euthanization allows more animals to find a forever home and get off the streets because the supply of animals at the shelters is able to meet the demand for healthy, friendly, adoptable animals.  So why are shelters surpassing capacity so often?  Domestic animals are ridiculously overpopulated. It’s not possible to gain precise statistics for homeless cat and dog populations, but as the ASPCA states, about 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. The root of this problem has to do with the fact that only 10% of the animals that shelters take in have been sterilized. In order to understand why mandatory sterilization of every animal that enters a shelter is the most effective solution to domestic animal overpopulation, it is imperative to first understand how explosive domestic animal reproduction truly is. Each female cat can have a litter of about 4 kittens, 3 times a year. The result of this rapid rate of reproduction is an exponentially increasing homeless animal population. SpayUSA has illustrated that, without intervention, more than 2 million litters of unwanted cats are born in eight years from just one cat and its offspring. So far the approach most of society has taken has been a back ended one- euthanizations in shelters and the trapping of feral cats for euthanization. When states try to solve the overpopulation problem with euthanasia only programs, they are guaranteeing the need for more euthanizations in the future because this practice does nothing to stop the domestic animal population’s exponential reproduction rate. Some states have wisely switched to requiring sterilization of all intake domestic animals before adoption and trap and neuter programs of feral cats in areas where bird populations cats prey on are not threatened.  The systemic change has made a big difference in the exponentially increasing homeless domestic animal population, but the change has only occurred in some states. The drastically overpopulated homeless animal population is a problem that calls for a nationwide change; one that is ordered by Congress so that we can tackle the homeless strays on the streets problem efficiently. Some people are opposed to sterilization, but what’s more immoral? The premature death of animals that could be in loving homes or sterilization procedures that will dramatically reduce the need for euthanasia?  People hear that sterilization will change an animal’s personality, but sterilization only makes your pet less aggressive and less likely to roam. There are so many health benefits associated with sterilization that the benefits outweigh the health risks. If you’re still a skeptic, check out this guide that was published by Brown University. But wait! There’s more you can do to change the number of American homeless pets! Our Congressmen and Congresswomen make changes only if we, their constituents, place political pressure on them. Imagine how much more just 50 emails could do! Luckily for you, I’ve written a letter that you can use, and you can find your congressperson’s email address here. This site will allow you to copy and paste the letter written below, and send it through the site itself after typing your email address and choosing a topic! (hint: Mandatory Sterilization for All State Sponsored Shelters is a great subject line.) Dear Congressperson, As your constituent, I urge you to get involved with the American domestic pet overpopulation problem by requiring: 1. All state sponsored shelters to sterilize all domestic intake animals before adoption. 2. All state sponsored feral cat euthanization programs implemented in areas where bird populations cats prey on are not threatened to switch to the Trap Neuter Return program.    Domestic animals are ridiculously overpopulated, and these changes will make a remarkable difference. It’s not possible to gain precise statistics for homeless cat and dog populations, but as the ASPCA states, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. The root of this problem has to do with the fact that only 10% of the animals that shelters take in have been sterilized. In order to understand why mandatory sterilization of every animal that enters a shelter is the most effective solution to domestic animal overpopulation, it is imperative to first understand how explosive domestic animal reproduction truly is. Each female cat can have a litter of about 4 kittens, 3 times a year. The result of this rapid rate of reproduction is an increasing homeless animal population. SpayUSA has illustrated that, without intervention, more than 2 million litters of unwanted cats are produced in eight years from the reproduction of just one cat and its descendants. So far most of society has approached this problem back endedly- with euthanizations in shelters and the trapping of feral cats for euthanization. When states try to solve the overpopulation problem with euthanization only programs, they are guaranteeing the need for more euthanizations in the future because euthanasia does nothing to stop the domestic animal population’s exponential reproduction rate. Some states have wisely switched to requiring sterilization of all intake domestic animals before adoption and Trap Neuter Release programs of feral cats in areas where bird populations are not threatened.  The systemic change has made a big difference in the exponentially expanding homeless domestic animal population, but the change has only occurred in some states. The drastically overpopulated domestic animal population calls for a nationwide change; one that is ordered by Congress so that we can tackle the homeless strays on the streets problem efficiently. I signed the Mandatory Sterilization for all State Sponsored Shelters petition, and I, along with everyone else who signed, would appreciate it if you supported the movement’s cause in Congress.  Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Your constituent                        

Skylar Paris
520 supporters
Update posted 10 months 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
3,199 supporters