A visit to the city pound…

This writer had the “opportunity” to visit the city animal shelter this morning; unless unusual circumstances prevail, it will be my last time to visit that place of pending death. I left there after viewing those sad-eyed animals with the need to go home, bury my head in a pillow, and cry. I found that there were about 25 dogs of many different breeds and cross breeds housed in cages alongside the shelter. Some of the dogs were downcast, silent, apparently resigned to their imprisonment, while others were happily wagging their tails and grinning, oblivious to the fate that awaits them. For, unless some compassionate persons come along and rescue these dogs, they will, within a few days, take a one-way trip to Jackson, where they will be killed. 

It’s obvious that not all “abandoned” animals can be saved. But with the help of those who care enough, many can be. The leaders and the citizens of Vicksburg and Warren County can do much more to prevent the suffering and needless euthanizing of hundreds, even thousands, of dogs, cats and other animals each year; a new animal control/rescue facility with competent and compassionate management will go a long way towards that end.

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Published in: on October 17, 2007 at 11:43 am  Comments (6)  

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  1. It is very sad at all sheters here and across the country. What you saw at the city pound you will see in every shelter.Animals about to die. Some by injection some by gassing.
    Maybe all the City Official and the County supervisors and those of you who read this blog, should make a trip to the shelters here in Vicksburg, maybe then people will grasp, the reality and the urgency to move forward and get things done.Build that new facility and start adoption programs and work with rescuers.
    When a shelter deinies a dog a safehaven in rescue soemthing is very wrong. There is no reasonable logic to that mentality or those actions. NONE
    If the city and county can not come to an agreement with the VWHS to merge then they need to sit down and come to terms and leave the Humane Society out of the deal. City and county!!! I would think that these adults, our leaders could come to terms and get this matter taken care of.
    The city pound may not be the greatest facility but they do ask for help for those animals there, some do have the chance for a life and a home.. I can not say the same for the VWHS.
    You are correct to say thousands of animals are euthanized, not hundreds.. thousands. here in Warren county..across the country millions!!!
    Things need to change for the better…

  2. I already have so many animals that I am taking care of, I don’t think I could visit a shelter, because I would bring back everyone of them!! I cannot bear the idea of precious babies being marched down to a room and then put to sleep. I cannot bear it! It makes my heart ache! That’s why I have all of the animals that I have, I cannot turn anyone away!! If they do put pictures on here, those sweet souls will have already been dispatched, and it just makes me so sad.

  3. The only answer to the over population problem is to get people to spay/neuter their animals. Many people don’t have it done due to the high cost. A low cost spay/neuter clinic is badly needed here. So many low income and even middle income people want and have pets, but can’t afford to take care of them properly due to the high cost of living. They can’t afford to get their animals “fixed” so they continue to have more puppies and kittens and give them away to more people who can’t afford much more than to feed them. Many of those pets don’t even get vaccinated. I’m not saying this is right…I’m just stating the facts. This is the major cause of the over population and why so many dogs and cats end up in the shelters and have to be put to sleep. NO ONE IN THE POUND OR THE HUMANE SOCIETY WANTS TO PUT THEM TO SLEEP. There simply isn’t enough room to keep them all and there aren’t enough people to adopt them.

    Whether the city and county merge to build one large facility and leave the humane society out or if they all merge together, the problem remains the same. We need programs to offer spay/neuter clinics and low cost vaccination clinics. I understand the veterinarians will object because it cuts into their income, however, something has to be done to stop the over population and the senseless killing of so many animals which should never have been born in the first place.

  4. This came across on my otterhound email list. It might solve all our problens:

    Subject: Sheriff Joe is at it again

    Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay. The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78.

    The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals. I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas.

    He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later.

    We have six trees in our yard from the Prison. Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote. Now he’s in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural, that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn’t doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He’s kind of a “Git-R Dun” kind of Sheriff.

    Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!


  5. Two dogs from the VWHS that were in rescue went to similiar situations. One black lab, went to Texas for training as a working dog for Law Enforcement. this lab after testing, had hip displaysia and could not work. Working dogs have to be in top shape/ The lab was so smart and so easily trained, that her duty now is to teach the other dogs. She is curretny living with the director.
    The other dogs an airedale went to the penal farm in Miss and was trained in obedience, he was placed through Airedale rescue and is now in his home. There are great programs out there. many people do not know about..

  6. i don’t know if consolidation will ever happen but if it did…. it would be great.
    if our humane society was based on some of the very best overall non kill shelters but it would take all the rescue groups in vicksburg/country/government /city/ county working with the humane society.

    at the humane society in san francisco…it has people coming there to see vets and they do it on a sliding scale, if you happen to be elderly and on a fixed income, they will charge one less.
    also, they nueter males for free and they ask 5 dollars for spayings.
    i know it could never be that cheap here but actually in the long run if people that have the money can pay more and make it cheaper for people to own dogs.. so less dogs will be put to sleep.
    there would have to be some type of proof of the person’s money that they make a year to know how to charge those folks.

    and wouldn’t it be nice to have more holistic type vets. they would take so much business away from these vets in vicksburg because there are some vets that truly care about the health of the dog as opposed to the dollar.
    two doctors on old fannin road would take turns (and still may) once a week spay and neuter your dog and you pick up your dog the same day.
    they do not insist that before your dog has anything done in there vet. hospital that the dog has to be up to date on the shots beside kennel cough.

    i respect these doctors so much.

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