Random thoughts

Sharing some thoughts, ideas, and some laughs


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.”

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


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






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New Year Countdown…… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and you are outa’ here!

I have been monitoring the Lincoln County Website for the last few  months. I have been doings so for a number of reasons not the least of which for a good laugh. There is nothing more pathetic than lazy incompetent people, paid to do a job that just cannot get their act together and DO THE JOB! For months, the LCHS website has been comprised of old articles, even older “Happy Tails”, these are stories of happy kitty adoptions for 2010. There are the results of an adopt a thon from 2011 and my personal favourite the advertisement for the 2010 Wag A Thon. Better mark my calendar, don’t want to miss that little puppy! It would appear Management was buying into the Mayan Calendar theory and figured updating was just not a priority! Then nor is saving lives so, what the hell.

click here for LCHS website (if you really want to)

The first inkling that Management even knew a website existed was when the front page of the Website was changed from “Lincoln County Humane Society is an open admission shelter” to “The Lincoln County Humane Society is a charitable not-for-profit organization”. It has since been changed again to, are you ready….. wait for it…….”The LCHS is an open-admission For Life Organization” What the heck is that when it is at home? No coincidence here, just check out the OSPCA website and go to Backgrounder and you will find….. are you ready….wait for it……

“What is the Animal Welfare Philosophy of the Ontario SPCA? The Ontario SPCA is an open admission, For Life, organization; we strive to accept all animals.”  click here for the entire OSPCA backgrounder on No Kill et al. Any and all similarities to the LCHS rhetoric is totally intentional and a perfect example of the complete lack of originality and the limited intelligence of the LCHS Management and B of D.

Given the events of December 19th, I have been watching the website for the inevitable “changes” and sure enough those clever little campers  did not disappoint.

Board Of Directors as of Dec. 30/12 @ 1:17 pm – PLEASE NOTE THE DATES 2011-2012

Lincoln County Humane Society
Board of Directors 2011-2012

Ann Davidson President
Thomas Manney Vice-President
Nadia Koblyka Treasurer
Grace Pang Secretary
Mary-Lou Davidson Director
Ed Klassen Director
Joe Kushner Director
Christine Probst Director
Maria Sgambati Director

3 Vacancies

Board Of Directors as of January 2nd 1:56 – PLEASE NOTE THE DATES 2011-2012

Lincoln County Humane Society
Board of Directors 2011-2012

Ann Davidson President
Nadia Koblyka Treasurer
Mary-Lou Davidson Director
Ed Klassen Director
Joe Kushner Director
Christine Probst Director
Maria Sgambati Director

5 Vacancies

I reiterate, they do not disappoint, best laugh yet. In his excitement in announcing the ousting of Tom Manney former Vice President and Grace Pang former Secretary, Management left a little detail unattended.  Just another example of the complete lack of attention to detail, poor record keeping, utter disregard for facts that has been reflected so many times previously in animal statistics, finances, fund raising and coordination of memberships. As Bugs Bunny so affectionately referred to Elmer Fudd “what a marroon”

What a Marroon!

What a Marroon!

Now, may I remind you dear readers of the events of October 19th, when Annie Fannie Davidson, advised those in attendance at the B of D  meeting , albeit in a whisper, that ALL outstanding membership applications are deferred until, well I don’t know when, maybe until hell freezes over or the sun rises in the west or someone  on the B of D develops a conscience. No, that will never happen. Anyway, so all of the outstanding membership applications have been deferred so that the By Laws can be reviewed. Annie Fannie herself, stated that she agreed the application process was too restrictive and that sponsoring by a board member may be a bit over the top. Then WHY I ask you, WHY is the same old Membership Application on line at this very writing. Wouldn’t a prudent, relatively intelligent, half ways responsible ED and or B of D, have the application removed from the website? DUH!

Here it is, read it and weep, laugh, whatever…….

Be sure to note the last paragraph, that is the side splitter.

Become a Member

I’m interested! What do I do now? (complete the application, pay $50. and wait and wait and wait and wait and then be ignored, deferred or just plain denied)

The first step in the process of becoming a member of Lincoln County Humane Society is to complete our “Membership Application”.

Membership Application Lincoln County Humane SocietyMembership Application

I’m already a member. How do I renew my membership?(you don’t if you are Julia McLaren, Grace Pang or Tom Manney)

If you are a member already, you should receive a renewal notice in the mail as your renewal date approaches. You may also download our “Membership Renewal.

Membership Renewal Julia LCHS membership renewal 201

What happens next? (absolutely NOTHING)

Applications or renewals may be mailed, faxed or hand-delivered to our shelter.
Your membership request or renewal will be reviewed at the next Board meeting. Our Board meets once per month.

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Number 9, number 9, number 9…….

On December 3rd, 2012, the following letter was sent to the entire Board of Directors and the Executive Director of LCHS.

As of this writing, I have not received a reply from anyone on the Board of Directors to indicate that a meeting has been scheduled or that there is any intention on their part to do so as promised on Nov. 21st 2012.

Once more the Board of Directors and Management of LCHS have virtually slapped the public across the face.

I would point out this letter is number 9 in a row I have sent to the entire B of D and Management that has been completely ignored..  It has become very clear along with being total devoid of any integrity and ethics, we may now add a total complete lack of common decency, courtesy and good manners within the Board of Directors and Management of LCHS .

Pr_077_-_TRI_-_21_11_10_-_009THIS is very interesting. On Nov. 25th, ED Kevin Strooband was a guest on the Dave McMahon radio show. On that show Strooband stated the volunteers would be approved for membership at the meeting “in two weeks.” Now I find it odd that Strooband would know this when I know for a fact hat at least 3 Directors had absolutely no knowledge of this. Isn’t it a bit strange that Strooband would know this info two weeks before the meeting an only 4 days after these same volunteers applications had been deferred?

It gets even more strange. The Dave McMahon show releases podcasts of all of the shows with in 24 hours of broadcast. This was not the case with the Kevin Strooband hour of power show. When asked why, McMahon told me it was because the person that does the download was out of town. Okay, I’ll accept that. On Monday Dec. 3rd, McMahon sent me an email to tell.me the show was now available on podcast. Uh uh, no it is not. The podcast of Nov 25th is the only podcast since last May that does not play, (file not found). No doubt there is a perfectly good explanation for this and all shall be rectified very soon. Too bad that we are all not able to hear Strooband’s comments, especially regarding the volunteers’ applications for membership. As soon as this little “glitch” is cleared up, I will let you know.

 Ms. Davidson,

It is my understanding, on November 21st a decision was made to have the Board of Directors meet in two weeks from the aforementioned date. By my calendar that would suggest that a meeting of the Board of Directors of LCHS will be held on Wednesday December 5th.

As you know Mr. Kushner wisely moved to make all Board meeting of LCHS open and transparent. You are also quite cognizant that there are a number of people interested in attending this board meeting.

Please confirm the date, time and location of the promised Board of Directors meeting by return email as soon as is practicable.

Ms. Davidson, I would respectfully request YOU show a little respect and courtesy and reply to this email YOURSELF. I shall look forward to YOUR early reply

With regards

Julia McLaren

FYI- the references to Ms. Davidson reply to this letter herself harkens back to a previous correspondence. I wrote to Ms. Davidson only to receive a reply written on her behalf by her lackie, go to boy, secretary, peon, Kevvy. Nice huh

Tim Denis of CKTB 610 radio is right. “Something stinks” and I don’t just mean the pile of dead skunks at LCHS!S