Pet Overpopulation

A Thank you to DCAC, HOPE Volunteers, DCHS, Rescues, Buisnesses that offered space for adoption events, and many others who have helped our lovable orphaned pets in Douglas County.

During the period of February 16, 2013, through February 25, 2013, Douglas County Animal Control staff and HOPE (Helping Orphan Pets Everywhere) in Douglas County volunteers adopted, fostered out, redeemed toowner, or transferred to rescues 60 animals. Congratulations to ALL for a jobwell done!!! A special thanks to the Rescues who made a world of difference inthe lives of 12 animals. Working together we can and did make a difference.

Unfortunately, our work is not over. During this same period the shelter received 56 animals, that figures to be approximately 6 animals per-day.

Until animal welfare advocates and the community focuses on holding irresponsible pet owners accountable for allowing their pets to roam and breed indiscriminately,this issue of pet overpopulation is not going to be resolved anytime soon. Douglas County Animal Control has been doing the same old same old, impoundingstray animals and working endlessly to find the owners (who usually fail tocome redeem their pet) or find the animal a new home. Unfortunately, they arestill getting the same old results, impounding one animal for every one adopted. While the past nine days were considered successful in that more animals were adopted than impounded, that isn’t the case every week. Usually more animals are received than adopted, rescued, fostered, or redeemed by their owners.

Society in general accepts the fact that “irresponsible pet owners will allow their
pets to roam, be injured by automobiles, catch or spread diseases, attack
another domestic animal or human”. When an animal becomes a nuisance or a
threat; citizens call Animal Control and not only expect the problem to be
resolved immediately, but demand it. Little or no accountability is ever placed
on the animal owner by the complainant. In society’s eyes, it has now become the animal control officer and shelter worker’s responsibility to “resolve” the
issue. Once an animal is impounded it becomes the responsibility of the kennel
worker to care for and find the animal (that has not been socialized,
vaccinated, or spayed/neutered), a new home. Often when an animal is impoundedit is an adult, many times people prefer to adopt puppies or kittens  opposed to an older pet.  Older animals make wonderful pets; unfortunately, they are not in big demand in today’s society.

Pet overpopulation must be addressed. Irresponsible pet owners must be held accountable. Animals must be altered at an early age to prevent an unwanted
litter that will keep producing offspring, that will produce more offspring and
the cycle continues. Pet overpopulation is placing an undue burden and hardship
on taxpayers and shelter workers. Animals are suffering or being euthanized as
a result the IRRESPONSIBLE PET OWNER. Attitudes and directions must change to end this National crisis. Blaming the shelter’s staff is NOT the answer!

Ask yourself “what did I do this past week to help a homeless animal”? If you
complained that your shelter isn’t doing enough, or you criticized the shelter
staff for not caring, then you aren’t part of the solution, but indeed part of
the problem. I assure you the staff does care that includes Rick Smith,
Director of DCAC.

I challenge YOU to DO YOUR PART! Support your local shelter and the many wonderful animals that need saving.

Cynthia Smith

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Rebekah Mattox March 11, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Faustina & Tammy: Thanks for telling the TRUTH.
Rebekah Mattox March 11, 2013 at 07:35 PM
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. St. Francis of Assisi. /The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."Mohandas Gandhi(1869-1948) WE ARE "CALLED" to be great--to do OUR BEST with and to what God has entrusted to humans. HAVE A CONSCIENCE PLEASE! Look at what your neighbors at the Paulding Co shelter are doing which, in short, is emphasizing by contrasting the poor quality operation at DCAS.
Faustino Vincent DeJohn March 11, 2013 at 08:12 PM
The difference between Paulding County and Douglas County is leadership. Paulding Countys success is a direct result of it's community efforts and leadership that understands that fact. This is what the leadership in Paulding County embraces, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=624071864275208&id=100000172014925&refid=7&_ft_=qid.5854178812944474297%3Amf_story_key.3042454272193102870
Tammy Rakestraw Pyrdum March 12, 2013 at 09:24 PM
The killing of animals at animal control facilities has long been used as a means of animal control. Euphemisms have long since been used to justify the killings, terms like "putting them to sleep", euthanasia, and of course, "humane death." The newest one is "unadoptable". And what exactly does that mean? Is a cat with an upper respiratory , "unadoptable"? Is a cat that is scared in the shelter, "unadoptable."? Is a a dog that is scared, "unadoptable."? By putting these labels on animals they ignore people who want to save these animals that someone else failed in the past. It is much easier to kill them than treat them or find them a rescue or loving home. After all they must have a "manageable capacity" in the shelter they run.
Tammy Rakestraw Pyrdum March 12, 2013 at 09:26 PM
To most, "unadoptable" means an animal who is hopelessly sick or severely injured. Or in the case of vicious or aggressive would cause a public safety risk. This is what many of these shelters expect people to believe, that they are meeting the definition of true euthanasia when they deem an animal "unadoptable'". As a result, they are using the labeling of 'unadoptable" to justify the killing. Why do animal shelters continue the killing? It's either due to a lack of innovation, leadership, and adaptability -- which certainly no one wants to believe about themselves or their management skills -- and/or denial due to fear, grief, and shame that they've been killing pets unnecessarily. There is another way , but how many have to die before those with the authority to make those changes either understand or care.


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