Saturday, March 14, 2015

It Isn't Personal

I had an interesting conversation with a killing apologist/shelter defender recently who accused me of "despising" Shelter Director xxxxxx.   Hmmm.... I don't think so.  I don't despise xxxxx or any other person for that matter.  I despise shelter killing.  Big difference.  Personality conflicts and drama are a big waste of energy that I don't have time for.

Shelter directors are just people. With strengths and flaws and personalities and baggage.  Shelter directors come and go. They retire, get fired, move, change jobs or professions, have babies, or burn out and lose interest in saving lives.

What we need in America are laws and policies that protect our nation's shelter animals regardless of who is in charge. We need laws that will require shelter management to implement programs that will save lives rather than end them.   Almost weekly we hear of a shelter that quickly starts to regress or improve with a change in management.  We cannot blindly trust shelter management  to always have the animals' best interests at heart. They may be gone tomorrow and we'll be back to square one.

This is why we need strong laws like CAPA (Companion Animal Protection Act) to pass in every state.   To protect our community's animals.  Regardless of who the director is.

Currently the following bills are moving through the legislature. If you live in one of these states please take action by clicking the links below:

Maryland Companion Animal Protection Act HB0876 

Virginia Senate Bill 1381

It might be more worthwhile if we stopped wringing our hands and started ringing our congressmen. ~Author Unknown

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