Random thoughts

Sharing some thoughts, ideas, and some laughs


8 Comments >

So tomorrow is the big day. When we all gather together March 20th, 2013 it will have been two years since the last Lincoln County Humane Society’s Annual General Meeting, which is seven moths longer than stipulated by the Ontario Corporations Act, but hey don’t let a few rules get in the way.

I am really not sure why I am making the effort to write this post other than I made a commitment to a lot of people and even more animals most of which are now dead and more that shall die that I would try my best to STOP THE KILLING.

It has become abundantly clear that for whatever reasons and I am sure there are many, those in whom I thought I could trust and depend have at best manipulated the truth and more likely lied to me and a great deal of people as we all “fought” together to reform LCHS.

For the record, I still maintain that the most effective, efficient, ethical and moral manner in which to resolve the present situation regarding animal welfare in St Catharines and area is through shelter reform and by that I mean the present Board of Directors and subsequently management at LCHS must go.

I do not believe it is the job of St Catharines City Council to “fix it”. Yes I agree that under no circumstances should one single tax dollar be allotted to the present LCHS facility and its employees. Not one dollar!

It is true that LCHS is a private, incorporated business operating in St Catharines but contrary to those who believe otherwise City Council cannot and should not have the power to control how a business is operated even when the business carries out brutal killings of perfectly healthy animals every day. Wrong, yes, illegal no.

It has been my personal opinion since October 19th of 2012 the only manner in which there would ever be resolution was through legal channels. I still maintain this is the case. LCHS Board of Directors and Management continue right up to this minute are in non compliance with more rules of the Ontario Corporations Act than cats they have killed this month!

In October of 2012 a highly respected Corporate Lawyer advised  that Ann Davidson assuming the position of Chair in spite of her having allowed her membership to lapse is actionable.

Incredibly it could and should have all ended right then. Read the minutes of the October 20th secret board meeting. This is the meeting that was held behind doors prior to the AGM when 60 odd people crammed into a little room waiting for over and hour and a half to be recognized and heard. Look at the numbers, who was there and who voted for what.  http://www.lchs.ca/minutes/LCHS-Minutes-Oct-17-2012.pdf What is wrong with this picture?

At this very moment there are two variations of By Laws in the public eye. One is one the LCHS website and another that has been mailed to various acceptable parties (of which I am not one)

The ByLaws on the website are pretty innocuous with just a few revisions as of February 20th 2012. The other version, which is a virtual copy of the OSPCA By Laws right down to wording re Class A Class B Class C memberships, is about as offensive and restrictive as a set of By Laws can be. to see http://www.lchs.ca/pdf/LCHS-bylawsAmendmentsMar26-11.pdf

Now herein lies the rub:

According to legal advice;

S.129(2) of the Ontario Corporations Act states the by-law passed by directors is effective until next meeting of members where it is to be confirmed or rejected.

Therefore, any and all changes that are being recommended by the B of D are useless until voted in by the PRESENT membership, which includes life members. AND does not recognize PROXIES!!!!!!

Heads up folks! All those proxies that Annie Fannie and Kevvy have been running around accumulating mean absolutely nothing until the PRESENT membership decides whether they wish to incorporate proxies in the by laws!

This is an opportunity for all of those volunteers that were granted memberships and all others to whom membership was bestowed to step up and say NO!  No to restrictive memberships, NO to ridiculous rules for the nomination and elections of directors, This is the time for those same people to nominate directors from the floor. This is the time for all of these folks to STOP THE KILLING!

According to the minutes taken directly from the LCHS website the following people have the right to vote to make the right changes and to STOP the KILLING:

Drue Ellison,

Allison Noble

Michael Saunders

Alison Danecker

Karen Moncur

Linda Charley

Ann Davidson,  Present President

MaryLou Davidson, Former Director resigned January 2012

Michael Howe,  Former Directro resigned October 2012

Zeljka Worden

Elizabeth McGill

James Turpel,  Former Director resigned, came back resigned

Heinz Probst,   Former Director resigned and Present Director

Jennette Probst , Director

CHARLEY Robert

KLASSEN Ed,  Present Director and Membership Chair (excuse the expression)

HAIST Albert

HAIST Judy

DANECKER Alison

PROBST Christine , Present Director

PROBST Jennette

GHOSAL Rita,  Former Director TWICE last resignation October 2012 she’ll be baaaack

KLOKKOU Sarah,  Former Director (for 3 weeks) appointed Jan 2013 resigned Jan 2103

KOBYLKA Nadia,  former Treasurer Resigned January 2012

Chris Lamoire-Armes

Patricia Bye

Graeme Mcloughlin

Megan Pasche

There are many more that are not reflected in the minutes. Hey don’t ask me I just report what is available on the website.

http://www.lchs.ca/about_meetings.php

There are also a number of Life Members eligible to vote at least until such time as the right is removed which is also on the agenda for the AGM.

Please stop this travesty called LCHS and STOP THE KILLING

The following is the “other” set of proposed by lawsAttachment-1

Attachment-2

Attachment-3

Attachment-4 copy


Leave a comment

2662 – That’s me!

So here I sit and wait. I have received a summons to do my civic duty by appearing for Jury selection at the Superior Court.

Unlike the 99.9% of the people waiting with me I find the whole thing quite  interesting. Actually, I rather think it would be a great life experience to sit on a jury. I think most of the grumblers would agree but whine and chew because it is the “accepted” reaction to receiving a summons. Hey, Law and Order isn’t the longest running and largest franchise in TV history because people are not into courtroom drama.

I have no idea of the procedure in which I am now involved. My first exposure was literally that, standing outside in the cold in a very long line inching my way forward to enter the building. Once inside the doors, we are all asked to empty our pockets,  remove coats and hand over purses and or briefcases in order to be searched. Once again, whining from the masses. Me? Hell if it means that I will not be shot by some deranged lunatic while doing my civic duty, a strip search would be fine with me.

Next we are told to sit in the waiting room until we are called into the courtroom. No phones, nothing on our heads including  glasses. Huh? If one wears glasses they are to kept off the top of ones head. Okay, no idea but there must be some explanation.

We are then herded into the very nicely appointed courtroom where we are advised that we would be called by roll number to be seated in the jury seats and then questioned if required by the lawyers for the plaintiff and the defense. The case is a civil matter involving   a car and a truck incident that took place in 2006 in London. Oh and by the way the case will take 6 weeks. An audible gasp could be heard or rather felt throughout the courtroom.

The Judge explains that while it is a duty as a citizen that we embrace the opportunity to sit on a jury there are those for whom doing so would be a hardship and the court does not wish that to be the case. Also in order to be a jurist one must a) be a Canadian citizen b) must understand the English language spoken in the courtroom c) must be able to hear what is being said in the courtroom by all parties.2602668-very-old-courtroom-1854-with-judges-chair-at-st-georges-hall-liverpool-uk

Now the real entertainment begins as one by one numbers are called and people make their way to the front of the courtroom where they are asked by the presiding judge if “there is any reason that you feel you are not be to sit on this jury”. The litany of excuses is absolutely incredible!

“I am the only person that can do the job at work”

“ I am Power of Attorney for my very ill mother.” “Is she ill, asks the Judge” “Well no but she is in a Seniors’ home”

“My religious beliefs forbid me to pass judgement on others”

“I work shift work”

“I have children”

“I have a doctor’s appointment”

I counted nine “I am a teacher”. Obviously they don’t teach civics class.

In the course of two hours no less than thirty people were stricken deaf or hard of hearing  and yet had absolutely no difficulty in  hearing the Judge say, “you are excused.”13288719-deaf-man

Another gentleman explained  he had a number of reasons he was unable to be on a jury. He runs two businesses, he has a family, apparently the whole world would come crashing down if he was “out of commission for the duration of a trial and then finally was honest by stating “and frankly I don’t want to do it”

One gentleman upon being asked if he felt there was any reason he would not be able to sit on the jury replied, “No Ma’m, I would be honored to do my duty”. It was all I could do to not jump up and give this fine man a one person standing ovation!

While sitting and listening to literally dozens of people trying to formulate excuses to “get out of jury duty”, it occurred to me how awful it would be to know as a plaintiff or a defendant in a court case that the people that were deciding your fate were chosen for doing so because for the most part they had the least viable excuses of those from the selection panel. How sad to think that one’s fate can rest in the hands of those who do not give a damn and would go to just about any lengths to avoid performing their civic duty.

Truly is it any wonder that police officers, lawyers, courtroom staff become tired and jaded when they listen to the very people they work to serve insult their efforts by turning their backs on their responsibility? I would hazard a guess it would be these same people that do everything they can to weasel out of jury duty that cast aspersions and make remarks about “lenient” sentences and “letting them get away with murder”.5695719-wooden-judges-gavel-on-a-desk

So, my “day in court” was a good experience. The court staff were pleasant and so very courteous. I met some very nice people, enjoyed a couple of really good laughs and to top it all off received a lovely compliment from a fellow panelist who kindly offered that upon seeing me this morning thought to herself what a classy woman I appeared to be. Well, all I can say is there is a trial taking place without the benefit of a very intelligent and observant jurist. Thanks Darlene.


2 Comments >

The Executive Director of any well run Humane Society will be the first to state in order to save the lives of those animals that have the misfortune to make their way to the shelter, it is imperative to have strong partnerships rescue groups in order to be successful

In the course of researching animal welfare and animal rights issues I have become aware of the ever increasing number of animals rescue facilities that have “gone bad” the result of which is the discovery and subsequent seizure of hundreds of sick, weak, miserable creatures needing care and homes.

How does this happen, how does something that was created with good intentions and great convictions become a place of pain and anguish. How does one go from taking in the homeless, weak and suffering with a goal to find forever homes to becoming a place where starvation, illness and death is the norm. How does rescue become hoarding.hoarding-1

There it is folks, the dirty word hoarding.  Regardless of how many times rescuers, shelter reformers, welfare activists say otherwise, hoarding does exist, in fact it has become so prevalent that there are studies and research being performed at numerous Universities and Medical Centres throughout North America.

Hoarding is an illness. Whether hoarding inanimate objects or animals it is till an illness but when animals are hoarded it is cruel, inhumane and just plain wrong. Animals suffer and die at the hands of those that are very ill and that are incapable or refuse to obtain help.

“Hoarding is not about animal sheltering, rescue, or sanctuary, and should not be confused with these legitimate efforts to help animals. It IS about satisfying a human need to accumulate animals and control them, and this need supercedes the needs of the animals involved.”
—HARC

Janice Palm's dogs.

There are an incredible number of people that have dedicated their lives to the rescue and shelter of dogs, cats, horses, in fact just about any animal. There are great rescue facilities that do just that, they rescue and then shelter animals until such time as they can be adopted. These animals are kept in sanitary, safe environments in which they are  fed and cared for, receive Veterinary care when required, are spayed and neutered, receive vaccinations and are free from pain and suffering. These are not the people about whom I am concerned. I am concerned about those folks that started out in this manner but then slid down a very slippery slope into hoarding hell.

How does this happen? Well, research indicates a number of reasons for hoarding  but the jury is still out on how one starts out doing good ends up going bad. It has been suggested that some rescuers are unable to say “we are full” and continue to accept animal from Humane Societies and other organizations until they are literally over run by the animals. No longer can spay and neutering be afforded so animals start reproducing within the rescue facility.  The rescuer can no longer afford Veterinary help and they are afraid to have anyone see the animals for fear they will be removed and killed. They do not wish to or are unable to admit they are in trouble and need help. So the hoarding begins. Cages are stacked one on top of the other, dogs and cats are found wallowing in their own feces. Paws and faces are burned from urine. They are starved, covered in sores from parasites and rubbing up against rusted wire cages.

There is always a great hue and outcry when a puppy mill is busted and rightly so, but a rescuer gone bad is no better than a puppy mill operator. In both cases the animals are suffering and dying in excruciating pain as a result of human indifference, illness greed or stupidity.

Those of us that rescue animals and profess to be supporters of no kill must assume some responsibility for the rescue centers to which we send the animals we “save”. It is not good enough to say we have transferred dogs and cats to foster homes and rescue groups hence the animals have not been killed thus are saved.  If we are shipping out innocent lives to a place of questionable care and potential misery how are we “saving” these animals?

Sure sending dogs and cats to rescue groups and foster homes “gets them off the books” and makes the stats look great for public consumption but if we are responsible for contributing to the demise of these animals at the hands of those that are no longer able to cope are we not part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

Do No Kill shelters listed on the No Kill Communities website http://www.no-killnews.com conduct follow up visits or checks to ensure the facility is safe, clean and caring for the animals? I don’t know. I do hope that some one can give me this information with some documentation as to how this is accomplished. Is there a reporting system for when the animals are adopted or how long they are kept in the rescue facility and how they are doing in the facility? Again, I would really like to know if this is  the case and again how it is accomplished? Are these animals shipped out and then forgotten about, “out of sight out of mind”?

How do we prevent these situations?

Linda Bruno http://www.nbcnews.com/id/38978396/ns/healthpet_health/#.UTz5Qhl3Yxq

Miguel Salgado http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/55343491-68/dogs-salgado-ogden-removed.html.csp

Elliots Friends Rescue http://www.spca.org/duncanville10212011

031311peta1_t607

The following  are links that are educational and important reading to learn more about hoarding and how rescue can become hell.

http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/14219/OR/US/

http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2009/02/prisoners-of-love-the-victims-of-animal-hoarding/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2748289/

http://vet.tufts.edu/hoarding/pubs/AngellReport.pdf

http://vet.tufts.edu/hoarding/pubs/Berry.pdf


2 Comments

The Boys

At 3:29 on February 28, 2013 I welcomed  our fourth grandson into the world.

There are those that would say, oh how nice but after all it is the fourth. To those I would say, you have no idea what it is like to meet your grandchild for the first time be it the first or the fourth or the tenth or how ever many you are granted the privilege of meeting and loving.

The first time I met Brian James Harris , I saw his Father all over again and that meant that I also saw his Father’s Father all over again. At once it was a painfully beautiful experience. That day five years and three months ago shall always stay with me . Everyday Brian brightens my life with his beautiful smile and loving nature.

Then I met Matthew David Harris . From the get go, Matty could not have been more different from his brother. Born two years and seven months ago with an outrageous, wonderful mop of black hair and  boundless energy Matty has become an absolute character who brings us laughter, fun, hugs and kisses all wrapped up in  sweet mischief.

Four months later, Ethan Campbell Harris entered our lives. The only thing Harris about this little boy is his last name as he is the spitting image of his Mommy.  From the time he was born, this little man has had two speeds, over drive and stop. When he is awake he is 200% life, full of fun, energy and challenges. There is no mud puddle too deep, hill to high to climb and thenrun down at full speed and no tractor or truck to be ignored. When the day is done, so is Ethan only to start all over again twelve hours later.

And today, I met Declan Julion Harris. This little boy was in no hurry to be born finding his former digs quite comfortable but with a bit of persuasion he came into the world a beautiful, healthy little person. Physically he is strong but I think this strength will also extend to character. I have a feeling that Declan may be more like his Daddy in which case I don’t envy his Mom and Dad. Been there, done that. Loved it. Payback.

My point is that each one of these boys while they share some genes are individuals. They come from great stock, they have wonderful Moms and Dads. They are lucky to be loved by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins and many, many friends. Their lives will be influenced in many ways good and maybe not so good by events, people, and experiences.

And I will always love them, each one with a love that is special to just them and no one else.


9 Comments >

Callie is dead.

She was “put to sleep” last evening.

She died from liver cancer I am told. That is what the blood tests and X rays indicated. I am thinking if there was a test that could be performed a diagnosis of  Broken Heart Syndrome would have played a huge part in the final demise of dear Callie.

I do not want Callie to die in vain. I want Callie’s life to count for something. I want Callie to be the conscience of all of those of us that want to stop the incompetence, negligence and the killing at LCHS.

Callie was in  the care custody and control of LCHS from October 9, 2012 until her death on February 26th, 2013 . The total number of days between Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 and Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 is 140 days.

This is equal to exactly 4 months and 17 days.

140 days is equal to 20 weeks.

The total time span from 2012-10-09 to 2013-02-26 is 3,360 hours.

This is equivalent to 291,600 minutes.

You can also convert 140 days to 12,096,00 seconds.

How much of this time did Callie suffer?

How is it that Callie’s condition was not realized and dealt with?  Well actually one of the dog walker mentioned to me on DECEMBER 19, 2012 that Callie appeared depressed or lethargic. Again on JANUARY 18, 2103, another volunteer expressed concern to me about Callie’s significant weight loss . How is it that blood tests were not performed until last week?

Don’t misunderstand me, I get that Liver cancer in canines can be very rapid and is virtually always fatal but truly why was Callie not checked out for two months after her first symptoms were recognized? Is this not negligence or is just plain lack of compassion and consideration for an animal in need. Did she suffer? If her symptoms had not been taken into consideration and Veterinary attention sought then yes, she probably suffered. The fact that she died within two days of the receiving the results of the tests would suggest that she did in fact suffer some significant discomfort and even pain. Is this negligence?

Symptoms

“The signs of liver cancer in dogs

The symptoms of liver cancer can very as to the type, but most of the symptoms will appear at one point. Symptoms are lethargy, vomiting, appetite loss, abdominal bloating, pale gums, limb weakness, respiratory issues, jaundice, and weight loss. As you can expect the weight loss and loss of appetite are usually combined symptoms. You will also find that the symptoms become more pronounced as the disease progresses. This means that while the dog may have displayed three symptoms for the last six months they will generally have more symptoms as the disease becomes worse and the other symptoms will become worse. You will find that as the disease progresses the cancer cells increase in size. A good spot to look for jaundice is going to be around the eyes as it can be difficult to recognize it in other areas. You will also find that coughing is another symptom that may bring up blood when they become worse.”

“Treatment

  • One method of treatment is supportive therapy, ensuring that your pet gets plenty of rest and is confined to improve blood flow to the liver, decrease the dog’s work load and decrease the amount of pain. Another approach to treatment is fluid therapy, which corrects fluid, electrolyte, blood sugar and metabolic problems. Your vet may also prescribe antibiotics.”

Read more: End Stage Liver Cancer in Dogs | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6503795_end-stage-liver-cancer-dogs.html#ixzz2M8VCGnRj

My question is this. How can the Executive Director of a HUMANE SOCIETY rationalize something like this happening. I get it that by the book, Callie was not neglected. She had a roof over head, she was fed, granted not according to her health issues which would have exacerbated her condition and discomfort, she was taken outside, she was tolerated at best. This was the manner in which she lived (pardon the expression) at the hands of a person who is responsible for making sure the general public does not abuse animals. Is it neglect? Maybe not but it sure as hell is unethical, unconscionable and downright WRONG! This is the same person that was given full authority for the investigation of the Toronto Humane Society which he totally botched of course.

No less than three Veterinarians that have worked with Kevin Strooband have complained of excessive negligence and inhumane practices. Staff and volunteers continue to tell horrific stories of how this person that earns in excess of $100k per annum has time and again has mistreated animals in his care.

How do we stop Kevin Strooband? To whom do we complain? How do we make some one listen? Can all of these people be exaggerating or lying? I think not. With that much smoke there has got to be a fire somewhere, regardless, Callie’s story alone is sufficient for me to say, no SCREAM, ENOUGH!!!!!!!

Help me, I beg you help me to make sure that Callie’s life and her death is not in vain. Help me to expose this man for the inhumane SOB he is. Help me to help the animals that no more should  suffer and die while Strooband hides behind his Board of Directors and the cover of the OSPCA. HELP ME PLEASE!

56492_297329979977_4170073_o


1 Comment >

This is for Ms. Callie;
I am so sorry. I let you down. A lot of people tried to do the best for you but were thwarted at every move.  The dog walkers, Jordan Holder and others at LCHS, Animal Assistance of Niagara, Dave McMahon, all tried. All but those that should have, are paid to care and try to do the right thing. You sweet girl are another victim. You like so many before you and so many more to follow . Victims.

Please help Callie

Please help Callie

I have to believe in Karma.

No one should be allowed to get away with what this guy has done to this poor sweet girl and not be “rewarded”

This from the “compassionate” SOB!

Hi everyone,
As many of you know, Callie has been with a new foster parent for a little while now and she has been doing very well in her now home. A few weeks ago we asked for a foster parent after we found she was losing some weight. We also had blood test and x-rays done. Earlier today we learned that Callie has cancer and has little time left. The veterinarian has suggested to keep her in her foster home for her final week.
This is very sad news to share for a dog that so many people worked with and were quite fond of. Thank you to everyone for going to bat for Callie and finding her a loving and caring home to enjoy her few remaining days in. We (and Callie) truly appreciate it.
Kevin Strooband
Executive Director

CALLIE’S STORY

November 9, 2012 by | Leave a comment

Callie: On the night of October 17th, post AGM meeting that wasn’t I was speaking with one of the volunteers from LCHS. We chatted about the events of the evening which then led into discussion on other matters  and concerns, which then led to my learning about Callie. She was going to be killed within the week. Callie is a a beautiful 90 lb.King Shepherd Wheaten cross. She is a return adoptee as a result of a temperament issues.  She is an independent girl that loves to run and play. She loves her toys  but is quite reticent about sharing them. She is a high energy, full of spunk girl with a great sense of humour. Callie needs a home where she can run and play. Callie needs a child free home where she is the only furry companion. She is in the shelter and has been for a very long time Her cage, until very recently has  sported a PTS (due to aggression).

Emails were dispatched to rescue groups asking for others to post  Callie, they did and continue to do so.I contacted the very well known and highly respected Dog Trainer, Dave McMahon who immediately responded with an offer to profile Callie on his radio show and have her profile posted on his FB. He has even offered his services free of charge to her new family. One of the LCHS volunteers that works with Callie was to go on the show @ 8:50 am to talk about her. Very late the evening prior to the broadcast I receive a telephone call from the coordinator of the show asking me what was going on.   I am totally ignorant of the problem but apparently the volunteer has bailed on the interview BUT LCHS ED has stepped in to save the day! Strooband has discovered this golden opportunity to hit the airwaves, bumps the volunteer, rearranges the interview time, goes on the air and promotes himself and the Spay Neuter Clinic in a Public Service Message! Naturally, I tuned in at the previously agreed to scheduled time to listen to Strooband speak not knowing he had rescheduled and heard nothing until just before wrap up when some man (the coordinator)”called “in to elaborate on  Strooband’s profile of Callie to explain her issues. HUH?  Strooband had once again, made hay at the expense of one of the animals. He did not discuss Callie other than to say she was an aggressive dog  because he doesn’t know anything about her. He was going to kill her!

Animal Assistance  Niagara has been absolutely incredible. They have put up posters around town which have resulted in some interest calls. McMahon called me and offered me another shot on his show to promote Callie.

All of a sudden, Callie appears on a video on the LCHS FB page. It is a great video BTW and then a profile pic appears and she is available for adoption. This is great news and we are all delighted that not only is Callie alive (the PTS order has been removed from her enclosure), at least for now, but she is getting the attention she needs and deserves. Because, Strooband has finally stepped up, I have backed off, declining to go McMahon’s show suggesting that some one that knows her e.g. a volunteer speak on her behalf and have referred all inquiries regarding Callie to LCHS.

And then yesterday, I see this: click here to see how Callie is once again in jeopardy

The following is a posting Callie’s former person wrote in the LCHS Facebook.  Do YOU think Callie should have been killed as Strooband ordered?Judging from the final sentence it seems pretty clear Callie’s former person did not know she was on death row and is once again……….

“CALLIE is beautiful girl at the Lincoln County Humane Society at great risk of being euthanized. She is in URGENT need of a home, or even a foster home.”

“Hey everyone! I wanted to do a little post on Callie!
I had Callie for one year – and in a lot of ways it was one of the best years of my life! We went running every day, sometimes twice a day, and so much weekend hiking (car rides are her favorite)- she has so much energy! I loved the time we spent outside together…the reason I have decided to give her up, is because I work full time and have started school at night…trust me, I would much rather be running Callie in the fresh air :p :( Unfourtunately I also did not have the time to socialize callie to my horse, who is my 1st priority …she won’t be able to be the “horse show dog” I was hoping she could be. ….my horse will be 5 next year and we will be gone a lot to an environment that would be too much for cal…she would have to stay at the boarding kennel…she LOVES kids and no, she doesn’t bite to hurt people…if she has ever put her teeth on someone it would have been accidental. she’s a SWEET heart to people …she is capable of getting along with other dogs but under a very supervised watch…she really is a fantastic dog who deserves a loving home… if Callie is not adopted by 2013 I will be adopting her again myself…she is loving and beautiful and she deserves the right home…thank you LCHS for helping to find the right place for her

What Lisa did not know was that  contrary to what she was told by Strooband “for her (Callie), there is no alternative”, “she will be adopted”, Callie was going to be killed without any effort at finding her a home. And she was going to be killed within two weeks of her surrender, never getting a chance.

Many of us tried to save Callie. She was kept in the “stray” area for months where the public are not permitted. How would this accomplish adoption. She then made it to the adoption area where the public could see er but were afraid to approach due to the orange pylons in front of her enclosure and the signs warning she would bite. Really?  This is the same dog that was taken to a an adoptathon where she behaved beautifully. This is the same dog that had her picture taken with Santa with no problem.

Well, Mr. Strooband you are going to get your way, Callie is going to die and the best part is her death will not even count against your annual statistics. You didn’t have to stick a needle in this one’s heart. You just broke it, that’s all.

CALLIE

68385_447981281925534_453361350_n


4 Comments

What’s in a Name?

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Juliet:

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”img-thing

Here Juliet tells Romeo that a name is an artificial and meaningless convention, and that she loves the person who is called “Montague”, not the Montague name and not the Montague family.

A beautiful sentiment and a great lesson to learn and live by. It is not what we are named but who we are and our actions that are important and that define what it is for which we stand.

And then there is No Kill or no kill or nokill or NOKILL or NO KILL or whatever. Let us not forget my personal favourite a la Mary Lou Davidson, “ Responsible No Kill”” as opposed to irresponsible no kill which is of course what we all wish to aspire to? Seldom have I seen a name elicit the kind of emotion that can be attributed to these two little words. Seemingly, sensible, intelligent people become complete and utter lunatics when these words are uttered. Why?

Those of you that have been following this blog since its inception last October are very much aware of my own personal concern for the welfare of animals. In my case I mean all animals and that also includes humans. Though occasionally not one of my favourite species I do care for the rights and well being of uprights as I do for other creatures.

Last September when a small like minded group of people determined it was time to stop the wholesale killing of healthy and adoptable dogs and cats at Lincoln County Humane Society, it was determined the most effective and reasonable manner of doing so was to work with the present Board of Director and Management.  The intention was to facilitate shelter reform by working on good governance that meant opening up the membership to anyone regardless of their attitudes as long as the animals were number one priority.

The premise was very simple. Members would be admitted, the tired and regressive Board structure would be changed to those who were concerned about the killing and the manner of killing, the poor adoption programs, the lack of foster homes, the inability to maintain a Veterinarian or RVT on staff, the lack of the promised TNR program, the lousy pet retention record and the abominable reputation of LCHS within the general community. Yes, all of the steps in the No Kill equation that I totally agree are a true method for success.

It became very clear very quickly that the B of D and Management were not receptive to any sort of effort neither to reduce the killing nor to become compliant with By Laws and the Ontario Corporations Act.

October 19th, 2012, brought about significant change as a result of the introduction of, here we go, No Kill that included the at times fanatical, ranting often abusive and destructive behavior, and the relentless spewing of statistics (mostly of which US) that for the most part has brought us to this point, which is “enough already”.

It became very clear to me back in November that the NKN and NKA methodology was not conducive to success. A number of people have agreed with me (at least to my face) the bullying, fanatical flag waving No Kill “message” is not appropriate to the present situation which is why I made the choice to remove myself from the “movement. ” The others have stayed on and continue with the standardized No Kill machine. While I do not agree with this method I completely support the rights of those who do and wish them the very best of luck. More than anything else I hope their efforts will result in the Killing being stopped but frankly I have serious doubts this will be the case.

This is usually the point when NKN and NKA bring in the “big guns”. No doubt I will begin receiving “hate” mail and threatening letters and a constant barrage of  “you are an apologist or you “deflect blame” and apparently there is a new weapon in the NKA tool box about to be released, Coming soon! “The newest FREE tool from the No Kill Advocacy Center: Countering the Opposition.” And of course the favourite, “we will sue you”!!!!!

It is staggering the number of laws suits that have been filed by NKA and NKN against ordinary people that just “do not agree” or god forbid openly challenge the No Kill movement. Why? How does this stop the killing? How does this prevent cats and dogs from being killed? Tell me how many animals have been saved at LCHS since October 19th? How many? How many have been killed? I really don’t know but I would really like to know.

I totally agree and promote the 11 steps to achieve No Kill, NOKILL, NO KILL, no kill, nokill. I truly believe and concur   with the fundamentalists that Management, staff and the Board of Directors must all be in complete agreement and support of this program in order that it succeeds which is why under the present circumstances, there is not a hope in hell that there will be any degree of success at LCHS.

It saddens me that such a really good and positive philosophy like promoting the cessation of killing healthy treatable animals becomes such a cesspool for fanaticism, cruelty, and mean spirited behaviour by those who profess to “care”. So be it.

What I can do is care for some animals that is exactly what I am doing.  I have the privilege and honour to be working alongside some really great people who just want to help animals. It is a really good place to be. No flag waving, no pontificating, no slinging verbal arrows, no threats of lawsuits, no demeaning and demoralizing barbs at good people, just plain old hands on down and dirty hard work.  You can call it NO KILL, no kill NOKILL, No Kill, I call it saving lives.dog-and-cat-prev123059925525di95