EDITION OF SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 (PetPowellPress) -- Pay attention to this dog’s story because it has place in the second story in this edition.
The subject line on the email Tuesday read ‘YOUNG SWEET STRAY NEEDS PLACE TO GO! GOOD SAMARITAN CANNOT KEEP! WILL END UP AT DAS!' Yes, this is exactly the sort of unwanted, dumped, unattended or clever dog that roams Dallas and winds up on death row -- or, with luck, a home or a rescue group. Or, sometimes, in a plane being flown to safety like a refugee escaping a war zone.
That’s right. For animals, Dallas is a war zone. Hyperbole? Not really.
Here’s the story on this dog -- we got it from from both Dinesha Schmidt of A Different Breed Rescue and Karen Lee of Barkleyworld.com. The note they forwarded explains, “He has been wandering the Dallas neighborhood for a week. No collar; no tags. Good samaritan took him to the vet for shots and a checkup he is in good health but under-fed. Needs a place to go or will end up at DAS because she can’t keep him! He is very sweet and friendly and gets along with everything just scared. Can anyone help?469-236-9239.”
[LARRY ASIDE: I have seen many current and former Dallas Animal Services employees breaking their backs trying to save animals in Dallas. Hero work, you know what I mean? And, now, saving animals -- NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF PUTTING PEOPLE AT PERIL -- may be facing a challenge in Dallas. Read this next item. Pay attention to the photographs.]
THE MEETING DURING THE DEBATE
While so many of the city's and the nation’s TV sets were tuned to the first Clinton/Trump (alphabetical) debate Monday night, there was a meeting underway at the Dallas Police Station. You’ve read about it being scheduled.
The new managers of Dallas Animal Services, two Dallas Police Officers (bless their newly challenged hearts) were interested in exchanging ideas with the people who have been transferring animals out of DAS to rescue groups or to cities far away so they’d be safe from the needle.
(These animals are currently on the “waiting list” at Dallas Animal Services. I’ll ID them later. Read this entire item first.)
[LARRY ASIDE: The big problem is NOT THE POLICE, of course. The BIG PROBLEM IS THIS TOWN’S IDIOTS (a never-ending supply) who won’t spay/neuter pets, won’t confine pets in a responsible and healthy fashion and who don’t just give a good damn about animals. There is no sermon on earth that can defeat willing stupidity.]
OK, so back to meeting during the debate. On the Readlarrypowell.com Facebook page we asked if anyone had attended the meeting.
Maeleska Fletes, a dedicated rescuer, member of the Dallas Animal Shelter Commission and a great asset to this city, replied that we should take a look at the report from veteran animal fan and DFW Furgotten Friends Founder and President Stephen Foster who’d attended.
She said he’d written “a great summary of the meeting and our situation.” Trusting Maeleska’s veteran judgement and Stephen’s experience in the field, I am presentng what he wrote:
“After sitting in on the DAS meeting at DPD my fears have become reality. Most sensible animal advocates and rescuers knew if you pushed the hand of Dallas it would lead to the euthanization of thousands of more dogs. The near 8,000 loose and stray dogs in South Dallas are nearing the end of their lives. Local rescues, out of state rescues and many other groups offering help through outreach have been doing all they can with limited budgets and volunteers.
“If the new leaders of DAS and the City Manager think the rescue partners of DAS will be able to absorb even half of the 8,000 dogs they plan on picking up they need to help those rescues find fosters and funds.
“The call for 46,000 spays and neuters over the coming years is a great idea. Why haven't we thought of that before? Oh, right, we have, with programs like Big Fix For Big D and the Spay/Neuter Network.
“Offering free spays and neuters has been an ongoing thing for several years now.
“Getting the owners of the intact dogs to do it is a whole other problem. I've talked to so many people with intact dogs over the years. I've explained how they can get it done for free. I've explained the health benefits for their dog. What response to I get? ‘I'm not neutering my dog.’ Or ‘We don't want him neutered because he's our guard dog.' “But the worst one is ‘We don't care. It's just a dog.’
“Will there be people who do want it [spay/neuter] done? Of course there will. There are people who look at their pets as something more than back yard security but that's a small percentage of the South Dallas neighborhoods.
“The previous approach to the loose dog problem was slow and steady and might have taken many more years to get the results people wanted but it was working.
“Thanks to all the bad press and screaming advocates for the removal of leadership at DAS the city has chosen to take the fast path for a quicker resolution. They got their wish.
“I hope all the people who were screaming for change will get on a foster list with the many rescues we have in North Texas and open their homes to the flood of dogs who come in to DAS. If they don't foster a dog I don't want to see them complaining about the city euthanizing those dogs.”
In these photos you see three animals currently in the Dallas Animal Services Adoption Shelter. These are the types of dogs and cats that will die in record numbers in the Dallas Animal Services Shelter if the Dallas City Council doesn’t abandon it’s traditional method of animal management: “Got an animal problem? Let’s kill it.” That’s right. Elected officials can make the call on this animal problem -- and they shouldn’t just pass along the “kill ‘em” order to other people.
Blurry is that young Earhound, labeled as a Toy Fox Terrier -- that is a set of championship ears on Animal #A957055. And check out the face on that wonderful black and white cat and those record-setting whiskers! That is Moonie (#A954959). And that Lab mix with the “Am I doomed? look” is Tita A955698).
You can see the DAS animals by going to the DAS site and navigating to adoption -- it’s dallasanimalservices.org.
Click on that DAS Facebook page cat artwork and you'll see that there's a bargain adoption rate in September.
You can see Stephen’s original post by scrolling around on his Facebook page HERE.
Now, here is THE QUESTION: Who are you going to get to shove a death needle into the necks of thousands of dogs? What kind of person will do that? How much will they be paid? How will that weigh on their souls? Loose dogs kill one human and that is awful beyond comprehension. Awful. But should thousands of dogs pay for the neglectful and immoral attitudes of people who ignored the welfare of their animals and their neighbors? Can’t the City of Dallas, Texas, save more animals than it kills? Do we want to be known as the City That Kills The Dogs? Because, ladies and gentlemen in and out of office, that is what will happen. Bless those animals yet to come.
How do we save these animals and get them off the streets? First, we stop any consideration of killing animals. Then, we think about this. Get experienced people to look at other cities and take the best of all the systems.
Make Dallas the City where Love is more than an airport.
MEANWHILE IN FERRIS
Holy smoke, are the roads to Ferris not paved? Has Suri forgotten how to give directions to a point 20 minutes south on I-45 from Dallas? Here’s the deal and we’re presenting it just as we received it from Ferris Animal Shelter advocate Dana Perkins (email firstname.lastname@example.org] and others: “The Ferris Animal Shelter is full. Again. We've doubled up on cages as much as possible, and we are out of room. Packed to capacity. We can't help any more until some are rescued, adopted or fostered. We are urgently asking for your help to share these sweet pets and give us new hope and save these little lives. “Our shelter is very rural, very isolated, and we receive NO walk-ins at all.
"Because of this challenge, we rely entirely on networking through emails and social media sites like Facebook to help save these wonderful pets. ... We cannot be counted as a 'no kill' shelter if the public and adoptors and visits and help doesn't occur. Our last adoptions were 3 weeks ago at our first public event, and we haven't had a scheduled visit to the shelter to see any of our littles in person in over 2 months. So we are in a critical state.”
The contact is Chelcee Juricek, the Animal Control Officer whose phone is sometimes answered by the Ferris Police because she’s out on a rescue or call. Her number is 972-877-4180 and her email is email@example.com. The shelter is at 1200 N. Central, Ferris, Tx 75125. The Ferris Facebook page is HERE -- that’s where you can see animals on the clock such as those three in the photos.
CONTEMPLATION: The folks at Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Park are hosting a Blessing of the Animals at 2 p.m. Sunday at the fabulously restored and enhanced property at 1210 J. Elmer Weaver Freeway (that’s U.S. 67 South) in Cedar Hill.
Go to www.cedarhillpetcemetery.org to see this artwork and read about the memorial park. Gosh, they’ve done a lot of work. And I’m betting --er, I’m expecting -- sorry Father -- that Father Marc Dobson, the Rector from Good Shepherd Church, will mention these heroic park-restoring souls when he officiates at this Blessing of the Animals. Humans are animals, too, so maybe some of that blessing will spill over from the canines, felines, hamsters, reptiles, etc. At the bottom of the artwork, the Park people have included the verse Genesis 1:26 from the New American Standard Bible. It’s quoting God when it reads, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Creeping thing was not specifically a reference to any politicians, but whatever can be done to help them behave gracefully and kindly, you know?
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