Re: [The-Charlotte-Animal-Rights-Meetup-Grou­p] Action Alert: Protesters Needed Thursday in Charlotte

From: Neya
Sent on: Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:06 PM
To the Group:

    I am the founder and outreach director of the Charlotte Chapter of Coalition to Unchain Dogs. We build free fences for chained dogs and provide free spay/neuter for dogs in Charlotte. Char-Meck Animal Care & Control (ACC) is one of our community partners. We have unchained over 130 dogs in Charlotte and could not have done it without the support of Animal Care & Control.
    I have learned without a doubt that Mark Balestra is caring, knowledgeable, dedicated and has the best interests of pets, their owners and this community in mind. He absolutely is concerned about the euthanasia rate at the shelter. He and others at ACC have created programs to address it. For example, Animal Care & Control provides free spay/neuter services every second Saturday of the month. They usually spay/neuter between 55-60 animals at each clinic. Additionally, they have adoption events - they adopted out 60 animals just last week. Mark has to make tough calls every day, as do all of the employees at ACC. We are lucky to have Mark and his staff here.
    No one would argue that a 64 percent euthanasia rate is anything but tragically high. However, just reciting that statistic fails to tell the whole story. The difficult life and death decisions that are the unenviable responsibility of the workers at our Animal Care & Control are, in reality, the unfortunate result of the decisions made by our society as a whole.
    Nationally, only 20 percent of pet owners obtain their pets from a shelter or rescue. If kill rates are too high, then this fact is, in part, the result of the decisions of the 80 percent of pet owners who don't adopt from a shelter.
    But even more significant than decisions that could remove pets from shelters are the decisions that put them there in the first place. There is a large segment of our community that still lacks familiarity with spay/neuter due to a shortage of engagement on the issue and insufficient access to affordable spay/neuter services. Our experience and research shows that most people are not ideologically opposed to spay/neuter - instead, the number one barrier to having a pet spayed or neutered is cost. For that reason, the Coalition to Unchain Dogs is proud to partner with Char-Meck ACC to assist in providing free spay/neuter services here in Charlotte and in informing the community about free and low-cost options.
    Especially during these tough economic times, it is our responsibility to be part of the solution by recognizing that many loving and caring pet owners need assistance and that by making the right decisions, we can all save a life.
   Lastly, ACC provides many wonderful services to our community that no other organizations provide. For example, they offer safe haven animal sheltering for the pets of domestic violence victims - free of charge. They offer a place for victims of house fires and natural disasters to house their pets while in transition - free of charge. They have a Second Chance Medical Fund so that sick and injured animals can have a chance at being adopted. They speak to classrooms about how to properly care for pets. These are programs that benefit our community tremendously and we appreciate the dedication and compassion that ACC workers show on a daily basis in implementing these (and other) programs.

    None of us are perfect people. We all do the best we can with what we have. We can focus on the negative, beat our chests and declare that we are right all day. Unfortunately, that rarely changes anything. Working with Animal Care & Control to stop the flow of animals into the shelter through spay/neuter and to get animals out through adoption and return to owners - that will turn the tide and we all have a role and responsibility in this.

    --Neya
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Neya Warren
Coalition to Unchain Dogs
Charlotte Chapter Founder/Outreach Director
www.unchaindogs.org
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From: Maureen Mahood <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, February 2,[masked]:03 PM
Subject: Re: [The-Charlotte-Animal-Rights-Meetup-Group] Action Alert: Protesters Needed Thursday in Charlotte

Jessica,
 
I run a local rescue here in Charlotte and have volunteered at ACC and have been in the back room where dogs and cats are euthanized.
The dead carcasses are piled up in wheel barrel and all the euthanasia is done in the same room as intake and health check ups.  It
is not good for anyone involved.  Also, a few years ago they had an opportunity to separate the intake rooms with adoptions and decided against it.   
 
While they are happy to move dogs out into rescue they also are slow to adopt policies and procedures that would allow them to move towards no kill.
 
Mark, the shelter director, is not concerned about his euthanasia rates -- and rates have gone up year over year since he took over.  He is not concerned about the way the shelter is run. 
Dr. Blinn is burned out and can be quite callous and cold hearted when it comes to killing healthy dogs and cats.  Both have burned many a bridge with volunteers that really wanted to enact change at this
shelter. 
 
The way they handled the posed pictures of the kitten that their employee posted on Facebook was inexcusable.  The fact that they have mistakenly killed family dogs...
I mean the list goes on and on. 
 
Your legislators is not going to be able to make Charlotte no kill, you need a shelter director that cares and a vet that isn't completely burned out....and a lot of volunteers to make a lot of noise.
 
Maureen


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From: Jessica <[address removed]>
To: The-Charlotte-Animal-Rights-Meetup-Group-list <[address removed]>
Sent: Thu, Feb 2,[masked]:05 pm
Subject: RE: [The-Charlotte-Animal-Rights-Meetup-Group] Action Alert: Protesters Needed Thursday in Charlotte

Welll I'm going on record to say that while no Ac is perfect.. this AC does a 
good job working with Humane Society of Charlotte and trying to save animals. 
They are very sanitary, a big change from the past and a lot, while I don't 
speak for all, care very much about the animals. They do a good job of adopt ing 
out. I have been back where they euthanize animals and did not see any assembly 
line. I worked for HSC and we would pull animals from them every week, they 
happily worked with us. Yes after the animals are euthanized they are put into a 
big covered garbage can. It is terrible that so many animals are euthanized, but 
instead of protesting and being angry we need to go to our legislators and learn 
more about the no-kill equation by Nathon Winograd. we need tio convince them 
and animal control that the no-kill equation is the best option for animals and 
the county bc it does save money (which is what they are concerned about).

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>Action Alert: Protesters Needed Thursday in Charlotteby YesBiscuit 
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>The Charlotte-Mecklenburg ACC pound in NC took in 18,203 animals last year, 
killing 11,625 of them.  That's a kill rate of 64%.  The Char-Meck pound also 
likes to pose drugged cats for photos, torture cats with chokepoles and kill 
pets assembly line style, forcing living pets to watch others being killed and 
tossed into a wheelbarrow until it's their turn to die.  The pound doesn't adopt 
Pitbulls to the public.
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>Perhaps it should come as no surprise to learn that HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle 
thinks the Char-Meck pound is swell.  And according to an e-mail sent out by 
Char-Meck director Mark Balestra, Mr. Pacelle is going to stop by for a visit 
tomorrow before heading to an area book signing:
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>We have confirmed that HSUS President/CEO Wayne Pacelle will be at our facility 
this Thursday February 2nd at 4:30 PM for a Shelter tour. He has heard many 
great things about our organization  and community outreach  efforts to reduce 
euthanasia and decrease the over population of companion pets.
>Please ensure that we and the facility are well prepared for this tour and 
uphold the standards that we represent.
>In other words, dust off your chokepoles, spit-shine the wheelbarrows and get 
your cats drugged and posed in delightfully witty settings because the Animal 
Welfare Scammer in Chief is in town!
>I hope area animal advocates will visit the Char-Meck facility on Thursday, 
February 2 at 4:30pm to speak for the 11,625 pets killed by the pound last year.  
Cos I somehow doubt anyone inside the place is going to mention them.  Make a 
sign to speak for the victims of Char-Meck ACC and protest peacefully during Mr. 
Pacelle's visit.  Contact the local news to let them know what you're doing and 
why.
>11,625 dead pets is not an achievement to be praised or rewarded.  HSUS is not 
humane and Char-Meck ACC is not a shelter.  Stand up for the truth.  Stand up 
for the voiceless pets in Charlotte.
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>YesBiscuit | February 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Categories: animal advocacy, 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg ACC, HSUS | URL: http://wp.me/pR4Lh-1Uq 
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