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Animal Ark Criticizes Animal Humane Society

Animals  (tags: animals, animal rescue groups, AnimalWelfare, environment, protection, pets )

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The decision to euthanize the 118 cats rescued from a St. Anthony mobile home last week has pitted two animal rescue groups against each other.

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Monday February 16, 2009, 10:20 am
"But Janelle Dixon, president and CEO of the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, says the cats were far too unhealthy to release to anyone. Veterinarians diagnosed them with herpes, respiratory illnesses, ringworm, and feline AIDS. She says that when cats are in such terrible shape, they can't risk harming other animals."

Animal Ark has its heart in the right place. But not its head. Perfectly healthy and perfectly adoptable animals are euthanized every day in shelters throughout the country - because there just aren't enough homes. If they want to save lives, they shouldn't be insisting that they be allowed to spend precious dollars (which are in very short supply right now for animal welfare organizations due to the plunging economy) on trying to provide medical care for, rehabilitate, house, and adopt out sick animals like these - all they have to do is call the shelters who have a surplus of healthy adoptable animals and say, "Please let us take some of these animals and we'll find them homes."

The shelter where I volunteer would desperately love to get that call. They really would.

Bo H (77)
Monday February 16, 2009, 10:31 am
Sad that those cats were allowed to get like that in the first place. It's not like you don't notice if a person has 118 cats roaming around. I have one, trust me, there's no forgetting she's around.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday February 16, 2009, 10:35 am
Lisa, I agree! I have one cat and no one can forget that she's around.

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Monday February 16, 2009, 10:35 am
You are so right, Lisa. If more people would report "collectors" like that there would be fewer animals left to suffer in horrible conditions - and fewer who would contract the often fatal communicable illnesses and diseases that such communal living causes. But so often neighbors, friends, and family just don't want to "get involved." And, in the end, it's those beautiful, helpless, precious little creatures who suffer for that indifference.
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