Open letter to the Memphis Community

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Dear Memphis Community,

for some time now the Memphis Animal Shelter (MAS) is creating a extremely negative image about YOUR Community. This negative image now is reaching all parts of the Unites States and many people are outraged, frustrated and angry about the happenings in YOUR Animal Shelter and YOUR Community. The Memphis Animal Shelter is not more then a Slaughterhouse, a high efficiency killing machine. Animals are being abused on a daily basis from so called “care takers”, many of them with criminal background. People from all over the world are able to watch the daily abuse over the Internet using this website
YOUR elected officials, City Council and Mayor, have signed off on this. I would like to encourage you to educate yourself before the next election so that you will be able to make a informed decision. This is YOUR Community, this is YOUR Animal Shelter, YOUR tax money is being used to abuse and kill animals day after day. One day in August, 53 animals were killed with in hours in YOUR Animal Shelter. It was said because the Animal Shelter needed space but the webcams clearly showed that many empty cages were available. Let me show you the statistic of YOUR Animal Shelter:

2009: Intake 16256, adopted out 1506, died in Shelter 255, killed 13255, Foster 5, missing 282
2010: Intake 15404, adopted out 1616, died in Shelter 357, killed 11930, Foster 47, missing 155

In 2009 only 5 animals went in to Foster care, 47 in 2010. This is not acceptable. In the last 2 years 437 animals vanished in the Shelter. What happened? Did aliens come and take them? Did they open the cage doors them self and walked out the front door? The adoption numbers are way to low for this large geographical area. Do YOU believe this is acceptable for YOUR Community? YOUR elected officials believe it is acceptable because they don’t think it is necessary to change anything. They use YOUR tax money to give YOUR Community a bad name. YOUR tax money is being used to abuse and kill thousands of animals every year.
Deep in my heart I believe that the people of Memphis are passionate animal lovers and as such I ask YOU to stand up and hold YOUR elected officials accountable and demand changes.
Many Animal Shelter in other County’s and City’s have shown that it can be done in a different way. Austin, TX and Reno, NV are extremely good examples of how it can be done. Both Animal Shelter save the life’s of more then 90% of all animals they take in. How they do it? They all follow the No Kill Equation developed by Nathan Winograd.

This is YOUR Community, this is YOUR Animal Shelter, YOU have the power to create something YOU can be proud of.

Peter Masloch
No Kill Advocate
Allegany County, MD

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4 thoughts on “Open letter to the Memphis Community

    Sarah S. said:
    September 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    There is only ONE Second Chance at this shelter. That fact is incorrect.

    Angie W. said:
    September 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    If we could only start with ONE component of the equation maybe? We have ZERO in place. We must keep our faith and hold our elected officials accountable! I pray for change in this very sick city. However, I do not think Second Chancers are our only area of concern. Yes there is only one at shelter but this just became our knowledge last week. You can be free of any criminal charges and still be cruel & inhumane. Pepper? AC? Hooks? Fullilove? ohhh nevermind.

    Howard Gordon said:
    September 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

    City officials need to stop paying “lip service” to the horrible conditions at the Memphis Animal Shelter. The name includes the word “shelter”, and it could not be more inaccurate. It does not appear any conscious effort is made for pet adoption, but instead the animals are essentially sentenced to abuse and death when they enter the facility. Then they want cameras removed so that their abuse is not viewed by the public. This “animal” center is a disgrace to this community. Public officials need to take appropriate action to clean this mess up. Instead, we hear political rhetoric that in essence does nothing but perpetuate the problem. City officials, you are elected, and you can be removed from office the same way. Get off you butts and do something effect to remedy this terrible problem!

    Lisa Miller Romero said:
    September 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Ive been let down by this shelter so many times over the last 10 years that I have taken saving dogs into my own hands….When you have a service, that is not working, you start doing the work yourself…..I cant change the shelter myself, but I sure can show my support for the people of this town who have stepped up to do something about it. And to give us citizens Hope that one day we will be a first class act….”Thank you all”, for your hard work and I can see from the meetings that what you are doing is going to work. Keep at it Ladies………….

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