Too busy killing them, to worry about finding them homes.
Isn’t this just the cutest little free-spirited dog? He looks like some kind of jack russel mix, with sort of a longer snout, maybe a young adult, I don’t know, I never met him, but he looks like a cool dude, chasin’ after that ball… I’d like to
take a moment to personally thank Holly Matthews Photography, Antevasin Photography, and T&C Pet Photography, and any other photographers that have donated their time to help save the pets from Columbus Animal Care & Control in Georgia.
This dog was killed yesterday, because nobody saw the beautiful soul that we see above. How could that be, with volunteers taking such beautiful photos and the Mayor’s wonderful Save-A-Pet Program? Well, these photos never made it to the website. They were taken over a week ago, and according to the photographer, were sent to Animal Control at least 4 times. Instead of using any of the photo’s she had taken, here is a screenshot of what the city had on their website:
Note, there is no sex listed, and there is no age listed. Now… I can tell an approximate age of a dog or cat by looking at their teeth, and I hope that the staff is trained to do that as well. Ok, maybe the dog was acting “aggressive” (I highly doubt it, and believe the staff often mistakens fear for aggression, but I’ll play this game), then fine, you couldn’t get an age. But sex? You can’t even tell what SEX the dog is? This dog doesn’t have long or matted hair blocking your view, anybody could tell what sex the dog is, even standing 10 feet away. I swear, I’m going to make a very detailed poster, like the diagrams in the doctors offices of boy parts and girlie bits… but for dogs. In the meantime, I will call the city’s contracted vet tomorrow, and request that she hold a course for the staff on how to identify the difference between a boy dog and a girl dog. Most of the time the staff will at least GUESS, often incorrectly, but this time they didn’t even bother doing that, and just left it blank. Way to go save a pet.
And here, we’ve all been thinking “Great! They’re asking for photographers!”, how wonderful! It would seem as if they’re doing that just to shut us up, because it certainly isn’t so they can use the beautiful photos that are being taken! In fact, they even go so far as to tell the photographers that they can’t share their own photos on any social networks, until the shelter gets around to updating their own website with them. In this instance, that never happened. Sure, that violates all sorts of rights, but we’ve seen plenty of evidence to prove… if you question their authority, you will only create a hostile environment, and if you keep it up you will be “fired” from your volunteer duties. Intimidation, retaliation, contempt… it doesnt create a pleasant atmosphere, and it certainly doesn’t encourage future volunteer participation.
Guess what folks, things are NOT ok at Columbus’ Animal Control, and these animals do not have to die. The staff is still doing hardly anything to get them out alive, and hardly anything has, and will continue to be enough, if unless something changes and we make the decision to stop killing. This is not good enough. Columbus could be saving a LOT more animals, we are capable of so much more. If this city had a compassionate director, this laziness would not be tolerated because it is costing lives. It cost this dog his life. He was healthy, and he was highly adoptable, and they chose to kill him. Rest in peace, little guy.
No Kill Advocates continue to keep pressure on the city to implement the No Kill Equation in it’s entirely. It is the only method proven to end the uneccesary killing of homeless pets, it IS a solution, and it has worked in over 30 communities in the US alone. No Kill News tracks and reports on successful No Kill Communities and those that are striving for a No Kill status, by saving 90% or more of their homeless pet population. It is possible to save them, and it can be done anywhere, yet despite Columbus’ growing support for life-saving changes, city officials choose instead, to kill. There is no accountability, and there is no transparency.
I encourage you to ask for answers. Why arent the photos being uploaded? Why arent they providing even the most basic of information about their impounded animals? Why aren’t they utilizing DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS that continue to donate their time, energy, and emotional well-being getting to know and trying to save these animals? Why do they continue to kill, when saving them is well within our reach?
Columbus Animal Care & Control Website
Location: 4910 Milgen Road
Columbus, Georgia 31907
Drale Short, Special Enforcement Division Manager (Animal Control Director)
This dogs photo has now been added to the RIP album on facebook.