Is the Customer Ever Right at SF Animal Care and Control?

Another agency Doing It Wrong: I live in San Francisco, where I’ve worked for two nonprofit shelters. People in my circles come to me with their animal questions. Most of my experience is in the sheltering, rehabilitation, and adoption side of things rather than redemption. So, when asked, I repeat...

Saying goodbye … sort of

To my Friends and Readers, I am honored and humbled to share with you the news that I have been offered and accepted the position of the CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA. It gives me a feeling of incredible hope for the future that the Board of Directors has taken the bold step to hire someone who has been...

Taylor’s Ghost in the Killing Machine

As No Kill proponents, we ask ourselves over and over again: why such resistance from the shelter management establishment both in public animal control agencies and in nonprofit humane societies and SPCAs? Fifteen years after Richard Avanzino pioneered the elements of the No Kill Equation, what stops...

Cautious Optimism About HSUS New Policy

The response to the statement on dogs seized as a part of dog fighting cases released by HSUS and Best Friends has been overwhelming positive yet cautious. While some have long ago written off the HSUS as “non-savable” others have continued to hold out hope that HSUS will use its wealth,...

High hopes & low expectations =

High hopes & low expectations =
This is the week of the HSUS Expo where two significant events are taking place.  The first is a day-long certificate course presented by Maddie’s Fund with speakers like No Kill shelter directors Bonney Brown and Susanne Kogut.   Although this is the first time Maddie’s Fund has had an...

Humane Disconnections

Humane Disconnections
This is an article that was published in the Newsletter of the Vegetarian Society of El Paso - Spring 2009 Those of us who work or volunteer in animal welfare for cats and dogs hear the same complaints over and over again from shelter staff (stated with disbelief and disgust): “Why do so many people...

The Butcher of Norfolk

The Butcher of Norfolk
The blog I write is about reforming animal sheltering in the United States. It is about ending the systematic killing of animals in these pounds. But this particular blog isn’t about sheltering. This isn’t about the battle between the No Kill philosophy and its eventual conquest over regressive,...

A spay and neuter message that works

A spay and neuter message that works
For a long time we have blamed the public for not spaying and neutering their pets. We cried out that they didn’t care, they were irresponsible or uncaring and it was their fault that animals were dying in shelters. What we’ve learned is that’s not the whole story, shelter workers and...

All we have to do is …

All we have to do is …
The view from down under as posted on the Saving Pets Blog: A group supporting the Clover Moore bill is lobbying government proposing the following as the solution to animal killing in NSW shelters: We believe 5 things need to happen in order to stem the pet overpopulation problem that besets NSW and...

HSUS to change their policy on dogs from fighting busts?

HSUS to change their policy on dogs from fighting busts?
Originally published on the KC Dog Blog:   Earlier this week, Best Friends announce that HSUS announced that it will adopt an interim policy recommending that dogs be evaluated as individuals and has called for a meeting of leading animal welfare organizations to form a more formal policy. Bad Rap has...

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