Last week, I posted about the recent failings with the Memphis Animal Care and Control (with all hat tips to Shirley at YesBiscuit!)
And several people asked (rightfully) in the comments "what can we do?"
It's a great, and honest question.
It's great -- because these readers not only recognized that something needs to be done -- but also realized that sitting on the internet, complaining, wasn't going to solve the problem. You have to actually DO something to fix it.
If you live in Memphis, or any other city that has a failing animal control, and has not expressed a desire to fix it (or, in many cases, expressed a huge desire to keep it the same) you owe it to yourself to watch the video below. The video is of a presentation given by Ryan Clinton of Fix Austin. I wrote about this after listening to Ryan's presentation last year at the No Kill Conference -- now it's available to you in its entirety. For free. Take advantage of it.
Six years ago, the shelter in Austin, TX had no foster programs, no off site adoptions, no desire to quit killing and a stated GOAL of saving 50% of the animals they've taken in. With the help of Ryan -- and a few other animal welfare advocates in Austin, they changed the perceptions in Austin - -and the shelter has now seen a 90%+ save rate for 5 consecutive months and a new shelter director with a history of no kill success.
It was hard work. It was a struggle. It took fighting a whole lot of people with a lot more power and clout than they started with. It took overcoming a lot of barriers from people saying "it can't happen here". And it is. The video is a little over an hour long -- but this presentation is the best resource I can think of for anyone facing a situation like Memphis (and there are many situations like it out there) that could use a change in attitude.
Many of the programs Clinton recommends work (we've been doing many of them in KC with equal success - our failures have come in the areas where we have fallen short with what he's talking about.)
So if you are at all serious about changing your shelter -- you owe it to yourself to watch.
H/T to Animal Ark for posting the video.