Asking any of you caring people for help. Please share.
Hillsborough County Animal Shelter is now full and is killing for space.
They are even killing animals who have rescue holds on them, who are awaiting vetting. They are now killing animals who have foster homes and adopter homes waiting on them.
They claim animals are sick, but they are not treating any simple URIs, they let the cats get sick and do nothing.
They started the killing at 5 am this morning. (Sorry I do use the word euth as that is not what it is, this is not mercy killing.)
They are refusing to allow rescues to pull animals, because
they do not have vet services spay neuter for the animals who are already waiting
to be vetted who have been pulled in the past few weeks. The longer the
animals wait, the more they are likely to get sick.
Last night there were 16 kittens on the death list and 4 adults. All were 'saved' but now the holds are said to be in question because they do not want to have to provide more vet services.
They claim they want to increase adoptions but then when that happens, they cannot or choose not to handle the vet services, then they ask the groups to back off - they limit rescues from rescuing animals, they tell the social media sites not to list healthy adoptable animals, because they can't handle the vetting.
The help I ask is ANY HELP at all with the animals who are in dire need there.
I have only been there off and on for the past month, and I HAVE SEEN ALOT OF THINGS. Far more than I have even mentioned in this note.
I have spoken
to both county commissions. I am at the end of my energy level and
health level with little to no sleep and lost a crazy amount of weight trying to save animals each night. But there are people at HCAS be trying to sabotage EVERY effort to save lives and place animals in foster or adopter homes.
I watch people -
good people - work themselves to the bone trying to find homes, care
for sick animals, rescue more lives each night and place every one in a
healthy foster or permanent home. They are burning out, people are in
I was up all night trying to save the list of animals this morning - not only the ones I mentioned above with the kittens, but the ones that were already saved in recent days that they started killing this morning for space - animals who had people waiting on them to be vetted. This is insanity.
I no longer know what to do or where to go or who to turn to ask for help. Every day more die and the shelter does not help rescues - if anything they are against the animals being saved and placed. I cannot fathom these actions.
I do not work for a rescue and I do not work for any social media or anything like that.... I adopted a rescue and was helping others.
What I have seen the past month is mind boggling. I tried taking photos of cats to give to the web page to help them... but then they only post a few of the many friendly ones I see there - it is heart breaking! They are trying to post less, like they were told, so as not to lost their hold priveleges, the shelter blackmails them with fear tactics.
And then even those few now that are posted on the urgentcatsoftampabay website (where I found my rescue kitty) .... the shelter does not want to allow rescues to pull animals - the main rescues who help are getting banned
from pulling anything, and the rest of the rescues sit on their butts
and do nothing, claiming they are full, yet when a Siamese or such comes
along they suddenly have space again.
I know these rescue
people who are getting harassed - they are good people, they are not
hoarding (I have been there, trust me it's not hoarding), they are helping place every animal with foster or adopter. Most of the fosters have 1-5 cats each - not a lot. A few have kitten groups. All are treating animals who are sick effectively.
All the ones from last night's list are slated to die even though holds were placed - they refuse to honor the holds with the main rescue who has been so diligently saving them and then placing them in good homes!! People have to go there in person and pull the cats out to save them.
I am asking from the very bottom of my heart for help. Please help these cats and kittens. Any advice, any wisdom. Rescue groups, fosters, adopters, anything.