|Sent on:||Monday, May 25, 2009 2:58 PM|
I will forward this information to PETA and the ASPCA to see if they can help.
From: Barbara Buren [mailto:[address removed]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 19,[masked]:54 PM
Subject: INFO: Help Save PG County Shelter Animals Before June 30th
Hi Everyone, I got this from one of my animal rescue groups and thought
I would pass it along. If you know of anyone looking to adopt,
volunteer, foster (I think they foster) or work at rescues, please let
them know about the animals at PG County Shelter. Right now, I believe
they are at full capacity and the Animal Protection League Inc. (APL).
is leaving after June 30th.
If you know of anyone who can help, please pass the email along
From: [address removed]
Sent: Tue, 19 May[masked]:33 pm
Subject: [DC-Rescue] URGENT!!!! HELP SAVE PG COUNTY SHELTER ANIMALS
BEFORE JUNE 30
I am forwarding this email to everyone and all. Please feel free
to crosspost. It is vital to try to have all the cats and dogs placed
prior to June 30. I have been told that management is leaning toward
killing all the remaining animals so none will be brought to the new
facility. I have also been told on good authority that management feels
that all owner releases should be killed within hours of arrival. If
this is a foreshadowing of what is to come, I shudder to think of the
fate of PG animals after APL pulls out. Who will be a voice for the
I would like to touch base with all of you rescuers, groups, and
animals lovers about a potential horrific/disastrous situation that
could potentially happen at the PG Shelter in the very near future.
As many of you may have seen word going around, the Animal Protection
League Inc. (APL) who is the contractor for the shelter&
nbsp;has ended their contract on June 30th for various reasons.
In their words: "The principal and most essential components of this agreement were based upon a common vision, mission, commitment and goal(s) for the animal management facility. We made a commitment to enter into a
partnership with the expectation of mutual respect and a resolve to carry out our mission and reach the goals of the APL at the animal management facility."
The Goals of the Animal Protection League at the Prince George ?s Animal Control are:
1. Increase adoption rates and decrease euthanasia rates at the facility
2. Increase participation and cohesion of Rescue groups
3. Increase Community Education in order to promote humane
education and responsible pet ownership
4. Increase percentage of financial support from private sources
5. Increase community involvement=20in and recognition of the
6. Improve Quality and Standard of Animal Care
7. Become recognized as the premier source of information on
animal issues and care.
1. Employ passionate, motivated, and well-trained people who enjoy
a high level of job satisfaction from the work they do each day.
2. Foster a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere where people are glad
to come and where customer service is at the forefront of our
interactions with the public.
3. Become the a trusted component in the community by consistently
demonstrating that it we are a dedicated, hardworking, trustworthy
steward of the public's money and deserving of financial and community
Over the last ten months, it has become evident that there is a
significant disparity in the mission and vision of the APL vs. the
County. To further exacerbate the issue, there is a lack of proper
funding and the absence of a sound business and organizational
plan/structure for the larger facility in Upper Marlboro.
We regret that this decision was necessary. However, it would be
irresponsible and unprofessional for the APL to commit to operating the
new facility without the necessary components required to provide the
level of care and service that the animals and citizens of Prince20
George's County and surrounding areas deserve.
The County will be taking over management of the shelter on its OWN
which I believe in most of the years past has ALWAYS been run by an
animal management company.
APL staff is working diligently (on their days off) to get as many cats
and kittens to rescue as possible before their contract ends, HOWEVER
more pour in daily.
As of right this moment there are 93 cats/kittens LISTED not counting
all the very young fosters the staff has that they are housing. There
are 118 dogs/puppies LISTED, again not included the ones that are
fostered by the staff that are very very young.
The major issue right here that these animals face is a potential MASS EUTHANASIA of ALL the animals in the current shelter on D'Arcy Rd. I
have been told anonymously that no animals in the current shelter will
be moved to the new facility in Upper Marlboro.
AS RESCUERS, WE NEED TO PREVENT THIS! We need to get this out to the
media so they can get involved and we need as many rescue groups as
possible to step in and PULL PULL PULL.
My fear a few weeks ago about what could possibly happen to those
animals when they change facilities is seemingly more confirmed from
the information I have just received anonymously.
Please do whatever you can to get the word out about the animals at PG
right now. If people do not step in, their days may be numbered when
APL's contract is done and before the County moves to the new facility. Again please keep in mind the intake numbers rise daily so who knows how many more animals will be added to the list. Humane hold cases may be the only ones who have any chance to make it to the new place as their owners get their day in court, but owner surrenders and strays may have no chance.
The news, animal rights groups, and lawyers for animals rights need to
know about this just as a prevention. Obviously this is speculation (and anonymous information) that euthanasia will be the decision for
those animals housed at D'Arcy road but before it can even be an
affirmative decision for the County, let's expose the potential so
that it absolutely CANNOT happen!
A Concerned Avid Rescuer
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