NYCACC has been falsely reporting on paper for several years that they do not kill healthy animals, but recently they’ve stepped up the PR offensive and now lie directly to the public as well, claiming on their web page that “There has not been a healthy animal euthanized in our care in years.”
While researching two recent blog postings I came across the listing for Mimie, a frightened 8 week old kitten in the Brooklyn shelter. Her face struck me, the way she looked into the camera.
Later that evening, I ran across her brother, Oreo. Oreo is from the same litter, also 8 weeks old.
I wrote about Mimi late on the evening of June 28th. On June 29th, she and her brother were executed. They were entirely normal and healthy kittens, eating on their own and separated from their mother who were never offered to the public for adoption because it is ACC policy not to do so – ACC policy is that kittens under 8 weeks or weighing less than 2 pounds are not made available to the public.
Meanwhile, demand from the public is very strong for young kittens and they command top adoption fees. Don’t take my word for it; let’s hear from NYCACC spokesman Richard Gentles:
A healthy two-month old kitten moved to our adoption ward at noon could very well be adopted by 1pm that same day — so even in the midst of kitten season, you won’t always see cats less than one-year old available.
Richard claims that kittens fly out the door so fast they can’t always make sure they’re available, and yet these two healthy infants were killed.
This doesn’t make any sense at all – morally, financially, PR. It is a disaster for the shelter in every respect and an utter failure of leadership to kill animals who likely would have been adopted to the public that day if they were ever actually offered to the public for adoption.
Mimie and Oreo will not be reported in shelter statistics as healthy animals euthanized – that might risk a grant that helps to fund the ACC and other rescues in NY. Since NYCACC gets to make up its own definition of unhealthy or untreatable, they have decided that if you’re a kitten under 2 pounds or less than 8 weeks old, you have a “major health condition” that only euthanasia or rescue by a New Hope group can cure. In their demented world, being a kitten is actually an illness where most shelters see it as an adorable asset. This attitude isn’t just morally indefensible, it’s operationally incompetent: adopting these animals make you money and killing them costs you money.
Changing this policy is a no-brainer. I have some ideas but I’m going to throw this one open to the floor: we need to publicly request a very specific change to end a very stupid policy. What do YOU think is the best way to go about it?