Animals gone missing and/or not being accounted for at animal controls and shelters has been a common problem for decades.
A primary reason this occurs is that because at many AC’s and shelters, people that work there are working in a climate of “disassociating” themselves from what they do several times a month, a week, or sometimes on a daily basis: euthanizing animals.
It is basically the only way that some people with any type of compassion going into being employed at those facilities can do what they do.
Then there are people that are sociopaths/psychopaths and they gravitate to those jobs where they can control other people and animals, make life and death decisions, play the Big Shot that holds the lives of animals and people in their hands, and they actually get paid to kill animals.
However, for the people with any sense of compassion or empathy that go into working at a job that requires them to frequently kill healthy animals, they must either do everything in their power to find animals homes and/or reunite animals with their owners that are searching for them, or they must harden themselves and learn to disassociate themselves from killing animals that don’t want to die.
In the “culture of convenience killing” that exists at many animal controls and shelters, going the extra mile and getting the word out of animals that are available for adoption and/or whose owners are looking for them can be an uphill battle due to the fact that if, or when, all of the employees at the facility aren’t dedicated to the same goal (adoption and reuniting animals with owners), some people that simply don’t care about going that extra mile, or they enjoy killing animals, can undermine the people that actually want to do as much as they can to save animals.
That is the way its been at AC’s and shelters for decade upon decade, and even with the Internet making advertising animals very easy, and also very free, its the human failings of apathy, disassociation, laziness, or downright enjoyment of tormenting and killing animals that throw the proverbial wrench in the machinery and the innocent animals continue to die.
Excerpt from the blog post at the link above:
Animal advocates are concerned that once again, Memphis Animal Services is not updating the only online listings the city does for animals at the facility: PetHarbor. These listings, while far from ideal, are essential since MAS has limited hours, limited services, and lots of locked doors where animals are hidden from view. In some cases, the online listing is the only way for anyone to know an animal is being kept at the facility. As usual, MAS director James Rogers blames technical difficulties and wants everyone to please stand by:
From: Lou Ann Selves
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 3:06 PM
To: Rogers, James; Tunstall, DeKeishia Masha; Dunlap, Tracy
Subject: Pet Harbor
PetHarbor shows the last dogs that came into the shelter were on October 19. No dogs have been brought in since that date or has no one updated? Considering review dates are critical, some have a small chance of getting out of there if their info is not available.
Lou Ann Selves
On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 3:41 PM, <James.Rogers@memphistn.gov> wrote:
Good afternoon Lou Ann,
We are aware of the issue and working with our IS department and Chameleon customer service to correct. Your patience is appreciated.
James M. Rogers
What many animal lovers don’t count on however is the disassociation and lack of empathy and compassion that runs rampant at far too many of the “new age” animal “rescues” that are basically just “fronts” for retail animal dealers.
These “rescues” are operated to take advantage of the multi-billion dollar opportunities presented in the “animal rescue industry”, and in many cases has evolved into what is called “retail rescue” because of the FREE and EASY MARKETING AND PR opportunities available on social media advertising and promotion on Facebook and other social media platforms.
There is also a VAST lack of oversight by the government agencies vested with over-seeing “nonprofit animal rescue” and “nonprofit advocacy” regarding:
* how the FREE DONATION MONEY these “rescues” receive is spent,
*how much money, supplies, and other freebies come in annually,
*what exactly happens to ALL OF THE RESCUED ANIMALS these so-called “rescues” are acquiring, transporting, and maintaining using FREE DONATION MONEY they are constantly panhandling for,
*why they are NOT REQUIRED TO POST CURRENT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF ALL RESCUED ANIMALS WEEKS AND MONTHS AFTER THEY ARE “RESCUED”,
*why are they not required to post ALL VET REPORTS OF ANIMALS THEY SAY THEIR VETERINARIAN IS TREATING that they needed donation money for,
*why are they not required to post ALL EUTHANASIA REPORTS for ALL OF THE INNOCENT ANIMALS “they say” they “HAD” to euthanize (people are expected to “take their word for it” when “they say” on behalf of their vet, that apparently has broken fingers and can’t type out reports to be posted, “why” the animal “had” to be killed),
*why are they not required to account for how they disposed of an animals body seeing as donation money is what usually pays for that at donation-funded animal rescues,
*why are they not required to post ALL OF THEIR FINANCIALS RELATED TO THEIR RESCUE OPERATION when it is clear they are a PRIMARILY, OR ENTIRELY DONATION-FUNDED ANIMAL RESCUE using other nice peoples money to run their rescue business that they also pay themselves, their family, and their friends with (and does anyone with any intelligence REALLY believe that people that don’t have apparent real jobs to pay their bills and non-rescue-related items with are “volunteering” at their rescue and not pocketing free donation and/or grant money for their own personal use? REALLY?).
Reputable dog breeders have stringent regulations and laws they must adhere to in order to operate their breeding business, and if they are NOT, then mechanisms are in place whereby concerned people can turn them into an abundance of government agencies for review.
It is completely imbalanced the way the “system” is now regarding a VAST lack of oversight by government agencies policing donation-funded animal rescues and is why there is an infiltration by “retail rescues” into the rescue world.
As with rescues, people should support breeders that are legitimate, honest, and follow the laws and rules. And if they don’t, they can and should be turned into the correct agency.
The problem with donation-funded animal rescues is people can file complaints until they’re blue in the face regarding getting simple questions answered and the government agency’s don’t do anything unless or until enough complaints come in regarding the same rescue.
Not enough people seem to care one bit what happens to the so-called “rescued” animals that have issues and have exhausted their “donation-value” and can’t be sold because of those issues and the “rescue” then kills or “disappears” them.
Why shouldn’t animal rescues that are calling “selling animals” “adoption for a fee” be held to account for their activities that are often just retail sales disguised as “rescue” and “adopting” (although, they aren’t forced to collect sales tax from their buyers as pet stores and some breeders are required to do, they are not required to offer wellness guarantees, or many other things that the aforementioned parties are required to provide and/or collect from their buyers).
Any and all animal rescues that are primarily, or entirely donation/grant-funded should be happy to answer SIMPLE QUESTIONS pertaining to their finances to show their “transparency” and “accountability”,
They should also be happy to post the whereabouts of ALL of the animals they have rescued over the preceding 2+ years.
They should be easily able to publicly post ALL vet reports for animals they are asking for donations in order to treat.
They should easily be able to post all euthanasia reports regarding exactly WHAT WAS WRONG WITH AN ANIMAL THAT IT REQUIRED EUTHANASIA TO SAVE THEM FROM SUFFERING instead of people wondering if the animal was killed because they couldn’t or wouldn’t “do” anything for anyone and the “rescue that isn’t really a rescue” refuses to take responsibility for caring for animals with behavioral and/or physical issues that still really want to live.
“Convenience killing”, as is seen OFTEN at tax-payer funded animal controls (most people realize this happens a lot at animal controls and shelters that are not “no kill”), IS NOT RESCUE – ITS THE KILLING OF INNOCENT ANIMALS BY ANIMAL TRADERS POSING AS RESCUES.
It is also illegal to raise funds to “rescue” an animal and then turn around and kill them after their “donation-value” is exhausted and when “sorted” (like sorting newly arrived merchandise at a store), it is determined that the “rescued animal” has “issues” that render them unable and/or unwilling to “do” things for anyone and thus cannot be adopted-out (SOLD) with, or even without a fee.
And what’s really horrific is when some of the animal “rescues” “trade-in” animals at animal controls and the dogs and cats they trade-in are euthanized and “disappeared” wherever, or when horse “rescues” “trade-in” horses with the local horse trader or kill buyer and the horses they trade-in are shipped to commercial slaughter or disappeared to parts unknown.
FOIA requests by concerned animal lovers can only glean so much information regarding the whereabouts and disposal of some animals and/or the financials of some animal rescues.
True animal lovers and rescuers refuse to support animal rescues that refuse to answer the simple questions contained on the 1 page short form questionnaire below.
And for the people that are too afraid to ask questions that their “favorite rescue” they “believe in” may not answer and you send money to that animal rescue anyway “hoping for the best” or being a “True Believer”-enabler follower of a “rescue” that is manufactured to look bright and shiny on the outside but is rotten, cancerous, and evil at its core?
YOU are culpable in the KILLING of hundreds, if not thousands of animals at “rescues” that are nothing more than opportunistic scam-artists emotionally manipulating you into giving them FREE MONEY to supposedly “rescue” animals, but far too often KILL and “disappear” animals instead, pocket the money to live off of and spend on non-rescue-related things, and then they move on to their next “crisis rescue” and scam.
If you’re not bothering to ASK A FEW SIMPLE QUESTIONS of animal rescues that you EXPECT ANSWERS to BEFORE you send them money, you are not a real animal rescuer at all and innocent animals are losing their lives because you could very well be funding a scam rescue.