The fight for PetFinder continues into National Animal Shelter Reform Week.
This is my follow up to my last blog, PetFinder.com. Designed for shelters, just not this one.
From our own Mayor’s facebook page:
Stefani Buzzard: Why cancel a program that is already saving lives, before the new account is set up? I will be happy once the new PetFinder account is started and linked in real-time to the website, but Drale Short said that it will take AT LEAST two weeks before that happens – what about the animals there now? The first PetFinder account was working, and it saved lives. Why shut down something that was working? Was it because AC was being flooded with phone calls? Was it because people were calling inquiring about pets that weren’t there?
Mayor Tomlinson: No Stefani. It was because the third party doing it for us had many demands on their time and could not update so that the information was out of date and new animals were not getting on PetFinder. We will do it direct now.
Well that’s the first time I heard that answer! It would seem as if their other lame excuses have already been revealed for what they are, so Mayor Teresa Tomlinson just pulled this one out of her butt! So, since the volunteer didn’t keep it updated with every single pet, they decided to cancel it so she couldn’t do anything at all, closing the account before a better alternative had even been created… This is ludicrous! She’s trying to make it sound like they are actually concerned that not every animal was getting exposure, when they didn’t want ANY of the animals on PetFinder to begin with! Some of their animals aren’t even photographed upon intake, and others never make it to their website at all!
The original PetFinder account wasn’t perfect, but it was working. If this is the excuse they want to go with now, why not give us a chance to find another volunteer to help with the work load until their PetFinder account was up and running?
PetFinder tracks the views from all the different websites that the pets information went to. This was sent to me by the volunteer who was updating the original PetFinder account…
Daily Total Views
Saturday November 05, 2011 327
Friday November 04, 2011 381
Thursday November 03, 2011 481
Wednesday November 02, 2011 462
Tuesday November 01, 2011 461
Monday October 31, 2011 354
Sunday October 30, 2011 417
Total Hits 2,883
That’s almost 3,000 views in one week! Even if not ALL the pets were listed, who could deny that it was helping the ones that were? If the new account takes two weeks to set up, that’s 6000 views that these animals are missing out on.
This is just another one of many examples of our efforts being thwarted and unappreciated. The city is NOT letting us help, they don’t want to change and they only do so on an elementary level, and only after a large public outcry. They can still at least try to save face by reactivating the current PetFinder page for the time being. Please contact Mayor Teresa Tomlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on her facebook page (which she does check regularly) and tell her what you think needs to happen so that we can get down to business and start SAVING these ANIMALS!
Sometimes I try to justify their actions in my head, like surely there must be an explanation, but you have to look at the big picture. Look at what is happening, how difficult this all is being made. It’s so painfully obvious, but because they SAY one thing then DO another, it get’s confusing. They are not, themselve, going to make any real changes. What have they done on their own? They do not have the DESIRE to do any better, so they aren’t going to do any better. But that’s what we’re asking them, that is exactly what we want, for them to do better. The few advancements that have been accomplished were done so only after an unneccessary amount of resistence against US. It’s quite clear what they are saying.