Last night while wading through the Michigan Animal Shelter Reports for 2007 I became pretty depressed. I try to be positive and always look for the upside of even the most horrible stories. But I haven't stumbled on anything upbeat in the shelter reports, instead the information is shockingly dismal. I'm not even going in any kind of order, essentially just throwing darts at the page and working on the shelter the dart lands on. Last night it landed on Macomb Humane Society.
First, Macomb Humane Society Board of Directors and management, who are you kidding? Did you really think that by leaving the euthanasia column empty that no one would figure out that you kill an outlandish number of animals? How long do you think you can continue to operate as little more than animal killers. You make little to no effort to find homes for the animals, no website, no petfinder site and no offsite adoptions. Yet you took in about $1 million last year. Obviously you could utilize the web if you wanted. Most of the adoption services are free, gosh Macomb Humane you could afford to actually run your own website.
So here's the positive spin I've come up with. Yes, the state of Michigan is extremely backward where animals are concerned. For heaven's sake I think Missouri might actually be better off in some ways. But, the average Joe Citizen cares, they just are not informed about what shelters are really doing. They just get a sad letter in the mail a couple of times a year begging for money. The internet changes everything. The good news is I can get the information to Joe Citizen through this blog and website. Once people find out the truth they will act to change the way we treat companion animals in Michigan. So stay tuned, read the shelter reports and take action. The nonprofits, the best you can do is let everyone know and do not give them your hard earned money. The city and county shelters, contact your commissioners and council people. Let them know your concerns. If they ignore you, go to the meetings, speak up there. If that doesn't work, this is an election year, find people who will do the hard work and make certain they are elected.
It's time we acted. The information is here, I'm sure we have the will and we know the way.
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