Reminder & time change - ACS Advisory Bd 6/11 - 7 pm
- Just a reminder about Wednesday's ACS Advisory Board meeting at ACS
(directions and map link below).
PLEASE BE ADVISED that the board will meet in closed executive
session from 6:30-7:00 p.m., meaning that the public will not be
allowed in the meeting room until 7. Please plan accordingly.
Thanks and hope to see you there -
--- In CPRNews@yahoogroups.com, "Laura McKieran" <l_mckieran@...>
> CPR Members:
> After a victory in December to pass a more progressive muncipal
> animal code, we haven't had to bug you much. But once again your
> presence and voice are needed.
> A growing number of members of the animal welfare community are
> concerned that progress toward No Kill has stalled at ACS.
> Field dog pick-ups are skyrocketing, front-lobby owner "dumps" of
> cats and dogs remain as high as ever (if not higher), adoptions and
> reunifications are not increasing to compensate, key staff
> are plagued by vacancies or old-school holdovers resisting No Kill,ACS
> and dozens of willing new volunteers are being blocked from saving
> lives by staffing off-site adoptions, counseling would-be "owner
> surrenders" in the lobby on alternatives to leaving their pets at
> to be killed, and other functions.the
> Despite HUGE budget increases since 2004, a pledge of support from
> the Mayor and City Manager, the hiring of a new director and dozens
> of smart and committed staff, a move out of a 1950s facility, and
> recruitment of over 100 new volunteers, the save rate is notrising.
> At some point it makes sense to stop and ask why, and to searchat
> aggressively for alternate methods. Other cities have made this
> work. There is no reason why we should not be able to - unless we
> just refuse to admit that we're not where we should be and that we
> can and should do better.
> *No* reform ever happens without slowdowns, without any steps back -
> so it's not reasonable to expect that it should in this case,
> either. But many fear that this situation is different, that where
> we are is as far as we can go without changes in organizational
> culture and policy. It doesn't matter much if we're on the right
> path if we're just sitting in the middle of it congratulating
> ourselves for having come so far.
> The next Advisory Board meeting is Wednesday June 11 at 6:30 p.m.
> the new ACS facility at Hwy 151 and Old Hwy 90. The actual addressvisit
> is 4710 State Highway 151, 78227, but most maps don't show it -
> the next-door Food Bank's website for a good map atstart
> http://safoodbank.org/directions.html . Future meetings are
> typically held the 3rd Weds of the month at 6:30, but CPR will
> notifying you of upcoming meetings as we used to.City
> This is not an oppositional or confrontational situation. We just
> need the larger animal welfare community to come back into the loop.
> Y'all are the engine that powered the change we've seen so far.
> leadership need to know you're still out there and still believe wedog
> can and should ways to make our neighborhoods and kids safe from
> bites WITHOUT killing 25-30,000 cats and non-aggressive dogs every
> We'll send out a reminder and more details - the agenda does not
> appear to have been posted yet - early next week.
> Laura McK