Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Macomb County Animal Control Shelter Needs to Start Succeeding

It is probably about time that we change the language shelters use. First, the term euthanasia should be used only to describe causing the death of a being that is suffering and who's suffering cannot be alleviated. Euthanasia is not killing a cat to open up a cage for the next incoming cat, it's clearly killing. Also, a shelter cannot be successful if over 65% of the animals admitted end up dead, that's actually a dreadful failure. Macomb County Animal Control Shelter is a failure and there is no end in sight to their culture of failure.

The article on supplies some surprising information. The complete lack of innovation by the shelter is sad, but the failure to even try to save more lives is reprehensible.

Note to Macomb County Animal Control Shelter staff – sign up for, or Give the dogs and cats in your care a modicum of a chance at a new life. Stop looking at the animals as nothing more than inventory, things to be destroyed when the new one comes in the door. If you innovate and show some concern, there might just be an open cage when the next one comes in the door.

Unfortunately, the way the world works, companion animals must rely on humans. Humans have a duty to treat animals with compassion and to make their very best efforts on their behalf. There's no doubt that what's happening at Macomb County Animal Control Shelter is much less than best effort, in fact, it's next to no effort. Shelters across Michigan give their animals more chances than Macomb County. Shelter with much less staff and very little money work with rescue groups, use internet services and have hours that allow the general public to actually walk through the door to find a new companion.

Macomb County animals and the humans that fund the animal shelter through their taxes deserve and hopefully will demand better service.


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