Last night, I attended a meeting at the Levy Court regarding the Kent County Animal Control Contract. This is the Contract currently held by Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in Georgetown, Delaware. Yes, this is the same shelter I’ve been talking about for several months. The contract was voided over a month ago and 60 day notice was given to Save Haven. The animal control contract will end on October 1, 2013.
Last nights meeting was to discuss options for animal control in Kent County, Delaware. You can read about it in here – Levy Court opts to bring back Kent County SPCA .
Two proposals were brought to the table. One would be a County run program and the other would be to return Animal Control back to the Kent County SPCA, the only non No-Kill shelter in Delaware.
The first proposal imo, was a joke. It was a program very similar to the one that already failed at Safe Haven. Their plan was also based on a 4 member staff; and operation hours of 8 am – 5 pm with no weekend or holiday coverage. BS right? Questions ranged from “What will happen to overflow dogs?” This could not be answered as no plan has been developed. It was also stated by one of the Commissioners that “unadoptables” and “seniors” would be euthanized. This brought jaws dropping to the floor. Delaware is trying to be a No-Kill state so how could you possibly euthanize unadoptables and seniors? Who would deem these dogs unadoptable? Again, no answers.
Thankfully, this plan was shot down.
The second proposal was to return the animal contract contract to the previous contract holder in Kent County. This is the only shelter in Delaware that is non No-Kill shelter.
Their proposal was layed out. Members of KCSPCA spoke as well as the President of the facility. The President stated they are currently at a 10% euthanasia rate (without holding the contract) and he stated that he is willing to work with the Delaware No-Kill Alliance to help keep their numbers low and exploring many options prior to euthanizing any dogs.
The Lesser of Two Evils
At the end of the meeting, it was proposed to tentatively approved the Kent County SPCA for the Kent County Animal Control Contract beginning October 1, 2013. They held the contract before. They can handle it. They know what to do.
My only fear is the “kill” aspect of it and I hold President Moore to his word that he will do everything in his power to keep the kills numbers low and work with Delaware No-Kill Alliance.
The fact still remains that there over 140 dogs left at Safe Haven shelter that aren’t getting their medical needs met and not getting adopted out. Those volunteers and staff that were helping, are no longer allowed to help at the shelter and have been blocked from their Facebook page. Childish, right?
Laws suits are pending, as there are many kennels that sheltered overflow dogs for Safe Haven and haven’t been paid in months. One in specific, Delmarva Pet Resort is owed over $60,000.
There are also “rumors” (and I say rumors so I too am not accused of fraud or criminal behavior) some of the animals have diseases (i.e., parvo, ringworm, vaccine resistant kennel cough). If the medical needs aren’t getting met, how can you possible adopt out and/or promote these animals for adoption?
A once good idea turned bad by some who mismanaged funds as well as have no shelter experience or managing experience, is turning deadly for several dogs. Unfortunately it always appears, something “bad” has to happen for something “good” to become of it.
I truly hope the “bad” isn’t the lives of these 140+ dogs because 95% of them are loving dogs that simply need a chance.