Hello, all. Our county recently built a beautiful, expensive new dog
shelter, everything is top of the line....the old one was nothing less than
a torture chamber.
However, the kill facility is run by the same-old same-olds, who are
completely overworked and don't appear to care about the dogs to boot--let's
just say that it isn't a rescue-friendly shelter.
We have a great local organization that saves dogs from the pound and
fosters them until they are placed, but we can't do it all. Members are
getting *very* discouraged because after five years, they cannot see any
changes at all, other than the new shelter, which they feel is destined to
go the way of the old.
Anyway, taking things one step at time, I was wondering if anyone had any
suggestions for putting together an "adoption kit" for people to take home
when they adopt a dog from the shelter. Currently all you get for your $35
is a dog (several of whom recently have died of parvo after the owners get
them home), a license, a rabies certificate and a dirty look or unfriendly
remark. It's hard to imagine why more people don't want to adopt....
Anyway, our Pound Rescue/Humane Society Cat Shelter *does* give away
discount spay/neuter coupons, so obviously this is something that could go
in there... what else? The ultimate goal would to turn this into a no-kill
facility, but as many of you are aware, that's a long way off. Our county is
so overrun by stray dogs that people in outlying areas are afraid to go for
walks in the evening.
Basically, we need ideas for motivating our county officials and dog warden
and for educating the people in the county.... Any advice is