The ASPCA just can’t get it right lately. Whether they’re promoting animal-killing legislation, as they successfully did in September, or labeling No Kill advocates “extremists” (and later, “terrorists”) as they did last week and advising directors of high kill shelters how to fight off the No Kill barbarians at their gates who’d like them to kill fewer animals – well, they just don’t seem to realize that in the internet age not everyone is going to buy into their treacly late night commercials without some fact checking.
But what they did yesterday was incredible, even for them.
They are transporting them to kill shelters.
They list three destinations for the dogs:
Capital Area Humane Society, Hilliard, OH
Bay Area Humane Society, Green Bay, WI
Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley, MN
I wasn’t able to find statistics for the Capital Area Humane Society, but it certainly doesn’t sound like a very nice place. The Bay Area Humane Society publishes their statistics and in 2010 they took in 4292 animals and killed 1389. The Animal Humane Society in MN hasn’t published their 2010 statistics yet (gosh, I can’t imagine why… don’t be bashful!) but they did publish statistics in 2009 when they took in 33,144 animals and killed 10,855.
So the ASPCA seeks the glory and the PR for saving these animals from a South Carolina shelter – by sending them to failing kill shelters that are killing a third of intake or more. If these destinations can’t put the programs in place to adopt out the intake they already have, why are they taking in dogs from outside their communities? Will they simply kill the intake once the ASPCA drives away – or will they kill dogs they already have to make space for the new arrivals?
There are certainly No Kill shelters out there that DO have programs in place to adopt out their animals, that DO NOT kill animals for space or any other reason, and that may have had the capacity to assist the ASPCA and ensure that no animals would be killed while they sought their glory. They COULD have even taken the dogs to their own facility in New York City, where they operate a small private shelter so that they can say that they do.
The ASPCA has crossed the line into utter worthlessness. They send animals to be killed. They kill animals themselves. And they support high kill shelter directors and help them resist No Kill in their communities, as they did in Austin when they supported the shelter director who said that widespread killing was the only way. When that director was fired, No Kill activists, programs, and a committed director took that shelter to a 90%+ save rate. No Kill activists have at this point created approximately 30 No Kill open admission community shelters in North America – and typically on shoestring budgets. The ASPCA has not created a single one.
Don’t support this. Spread the word. Stop the donations. And support your local No Kill shelter or worthy group that is trying to take your community No Kill.