One of the year’s most anticipated works of animal-related fiction for NYC’s rescuers hit the streets today. No, not The Bark magazine’s annual short story issue – the Annual Report of the Mayor’s Alliance! Let’s pick out a few choice tidbits of spin cooked up for our eager consumption (and of course for Maddie’s Fund – don’t check the numbers, just number those checks!).
Things this document taught me:
- The drop in intakes? It’s not due to cutting field services to the bone, turning off the phone system and turning away stray animals at the door (which I’ve personally witnessed) – it’s the magic of the Mayor’s Alliance! Oddly, Alliance Partners report an INCREASE in non-ACC intakes simultaneously. How strange is that?
- We’re still on track to No Kill by 2015! Hooray! I guess if there’s any danger that the numbers might show that we’re NOT getting to No Kill, they can simply be fabricated. After all, that’s how the Mayor’s Alliance achieved Zero Healthy Deaths in NYC! Remember – if you’re not going to hit a goal, make sure you at least lie about it. Don’t worry – that money will keep on flowing!
- Adoptions by ACC to the public continue to drop like a rock. They’ve always sucked at it and they’re getting worse: they adopted out only 5,730 animals to the public in 2011, a drop of more than 1,000 animals from the previous year and the sixth consecutive year of adoptions declines. At the same time, the number of animals pulled from ACC by Mayor’s Alliance partners also dropped by over 1,000 animals, the second consecutive year of decline. So when Maddie’s pulls out of NYC in 2015 and they stop paying private rescues large incentives ($160/animal) to pull animals from ACC and adopt them out… what happens, exactly? The shelter obviously hasn’t learned during the grant period how to adopt out effectively and the current system is not self-sustainable without that sweet grant cash.
Perhaps the partners have begun to figure out that with the utter incompetency of the ACC’s medical staff, not to mention the blatant falsification of medical records, it only takes one massively misdiagnosed animal – let’s say, a cat who needs a $9000 amputation surgery due to gross medical incompentency – to wipe out years worth of Maddie’s incentive payments. It’s these kinds of unexpected expenses that can decimate a small rescue – not to mention routinely treating for kennel cough, parvo, URIs, pneumonia, and canine influenza. Why pull from people you can’t get any accurate information from when you can easily make contact with other shelters who will happily work with you, give you accurate information, and deliver animals with accurate medical and behavioral assessments straight to your door at little risk to your organization or its animals from undiagnosed injuries and exotic illnesses?
Lovely pictures with the Mayor, though, that well-known animal lover who has hacked the ACC’s budget to pieces, though he turns up for the occasional photo op. Love the brochure design, too. Looks expensive.
Is it 2015 yet?