City's No-Kill Task Force Seeks Public's Help

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Mac, who would prefer not to get stuck behind a wall
A couple of weeks back we noted that the city's Animal Shelter Commission has created the Dallas Companion Animal Project, a task force "charged with developing a blueprint for ending the killing of adoptable animals." And while Nathan Winograd may not be the biggest fan, the project proceeds apace: This morning we received word that it's now accepting public input in the hopes of getting it right. Per the release:
Last year, more than 20,500 animals were euthanized at Dallas Animal Services -- about 75 percent of the animals that were either surrendered by their owners or picked up as strays. The task force is looking for specific suggestions that will lower the number of pets arriving at the shelter, save lives and dramatically improve these odds.

"If you know of actual programs and initiatives that have been used successfully in other communities, please contact us," said task force chairman Rebecca Poling. "We're also looking for unique ideas we may not have seen before."

Areas of focus include: decreasing the number of companion animals being surrendered or picked up; increasing the number of lost and stray animals being reunited with their owners; keeping beloved pets with their families; increasing the number of pets being adopted from animal shelters and rescue groups; and increasing support and funding for spay/neuter programs.
To drop your note in the virtual suggestion box, go here. You have till November 25. Oh, and Poling notes: "All suggestions must be constructive and detailed; a working email address must be provided in order for the suggestion to be considered."

And that cat you see above? Says Poling, Mac was brought to the shelter last week, after his owner lost his job and "was no longer able to properly care for him." She writes in a note to Unfair Park that "Mac is one of the lucky ones -- outgoing and friendly, he's now available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services. Anyone interested in adopting can call the shelter at 214-670-8246."

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Feline Provocateur
Feline Provocateur

One thing the Task Force will NOT like - and won't do - is to do what the successful no-kill shelters like Seagoville are doing with hardly any funding.  At Seagoville, EVERYONE gets off their butt and works hard. They run weekend adoptions, work with less adoptable animals, fundraise, network with other rescue groups, and publicize available pets. NOBODY sits around and tells others what to do.    But the Companion Animal Project Task Force's chair, Rebecca Poling, has already said that she doesn't do "hands-on rescue".  (See her About Me page here: http://www.dfwanimalrescue.com...   Instead she claims to be looking at the big picture.  Like the public needs to hear her bang on about how the public is lazy, stupid and the killing at Dallas Animal Services is all our fault.

Mike
Mike

One suggestion:  Mary Suhm makes a very public announcement that Tyrone McGill won't be allowed anywhere near that shelter.  A collection of half wits may think he's not guilty.  That's fine.  That's the law.  I can also find plenty of shelters around Dallas that need help.  Their animals are just as deserving.  I and others will not give Dallas shelter a dime if any possibility exists that he has any role in it.

NoKillTexasAdvocates
NoKillTexasAdvocates

We have 27 Open Admission, No Kill shelters/communities in North America.  (http://www.s312584456.initial-... 4 of the No Kill communities are right here in Texas.  Rockwall, Texas, who saved 97% of all animals in August, is about 20 miles from Dallas.  Why isn't this task force asking the directors of any of these No Kill shelters how they got to No Kill?  Why isn't this group at any of the Open Admission No Kill shelters right now studying them?   That seems like a wiser choice rather than asking members of the general public, who have never created No Kill shelters.

halldecker
halldecker

Put a face on the problem.  A website with video and specifics of animals that will be destroyed in the next 96 hours.

Concerned For Dallas Pets
Concerned For Dallas Pets

That is the $50million question that few, including the DFW media, have chosen to ignore. This "tell us what you think we should do, but be constructive" is nothing more than rhetoric so they can say they considered everything and gave everyone a chance, but will continue with their stagnated ideas that have felled in other communities. Politics as usual. And it's the pets that will suffer. Watch the DCAP website, they are already writing and rewriting their position. Once again, wasting time and lives by forming committees and 'looking' for new ideas, while consciously choosing to ignore proven methods that are working successfully in other Texas communities. 

halldecker
halldecker

Did.   Their website is clumbersome,   being the City,  that's not surprising.

I also posted it here 'cause tons more folks will see it,  hopefully think it's a good idea,  pass it along.

cp
cp

Can you please direct some of us to examples of said successful shelters in Texas? 

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