Ferris, Texas - A Whole City Doin’ it Wrong

Ferris, Texas - A Whole City Doin’ it Wrong
Previously published at Poocini Special Report; The Dukes of Ferris Hazard State Laws Police in Ferris, TX, a city just south of Dallas, will be spending less time on the shooting range and more time practicing in the streets. On average, it is reported that one stray dog is found roaming the back alleys...

Michigan - An Entire State Doin’ It Wrong

Michigan - An Entire State Doin’ It Wrong
Previously published in Poocini Special Report She was a sweet, shy yellow Lab named Liz. Dainty for her size, she would pad softly up to you and lightly touch her nose to your hand, asking for affection, wanting to be loved. She was bright, affectionate, and exceedingly gentle. By all accounts, Liz...

Doing it Wrong in Illinois … Until the Inspector Tells You She Will Stop By

Doing it Wrong in Illinois … Until the Inspector Tells You She Will Stop By
Everyone can have a bad day when cleaning falls behind or the work overwhelms the staff and volunteers but sometimes the care of animals falls to the bottom of the to do list and stays there.   At least until inspectors give you two days notice that they will be visiting. (link submitted anonymously)

Better off Dead: The Ultimate ‘Doing it Wrong’

Better off Dead: The Ultimate ‘Doing it Wrong’
“Like virtually all living things, they will suffer any hardship, endure any insult, for a moment’s additional existence. Life, in short, just wants to be.” Bill Bryson As rescuers, working to save the lives of pets, you would expect that we’d be driving the charge to overhaul the animal sheltering...

Doing it Wrong in Kentucky but then…

Everyone seems to have seen one at least once.  It was the shelter that was so blatantly DOING IT WRONG that you question their motives and mission.  While organizations like PeTA emphasize high-profile examples (of shelters who have labelled themselves as No Kill) to disparage No Kill shelters in...

Animal Sheltering: Doing it Wrong

Your doing it wrong (ur doin it wrong) is probably my favorite LOL Cats caption (capshun!).  It popped into my head this week when I read about Roger Booth and Dallas, Texas animal control.   Roger Booth made headlines this week when, not having the $132 fee to reclaim his pet cat, he left only to...

How Many is “Too Many”?

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a café re-reading Redemption, when a friend looked at the subtitle and said, “’The myth of pet overpopulation’; I guess you can say anything with statistics!” In the brief conversation we had time for, he made it clear that he believes that denial of “pet...

Language Matters: Creating a Shelter Euthanasia Policy

The recent situation at the Escondido Humane Society emphasizes just how important language is when communicating to the public.  Co-opting the language of No Kill without the definitions and appropriate actions behind it could quite easily backfire.   So if you have a shelter that is seeking to achieve...

One set of words = A whole script in people’s heads

There is no doubt that the confusion behind the words “no kill” is mostly an animal-welfare debate.  To the average person on the street, they would probably understand the difference between “kill” and “euthanasia” more easily and fully than any person who has been...

What’s in a name? Playing the Orwellian card

This article originally appeared at www.petconnection.com/blog. Copyright 2007 by Christie Keith. Used with permission. All rights reserved. (http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2007/11/20/whats-in-a-name-playing-the-orwellian-card/) Ever since Nathan Winograd’s “Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation...

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