I trimmed this so maybe it will go through. . .

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From: Kathryn Hargreaves <khargrea...@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 2:24 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Cat shelters
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org

One approach you can take with the bosses (usually the city councils) of
the pounds is to point out that the current staff is most likely
permanently mentally damaged by participating in the old methods---much the
way soldiers are by combat---and that they either need intensive
(life-long?) counseling to change their attitudes, or retirement.   This I
gleaned from HSUS' (not a big proponent of No Kill) book on compassion
fatigue in the animal care community:

On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Around 12 years ago, that was the method San Antonio's Animal Control
> facility used to kill cats and dogs.  They hooked a pick-up truck to an
> opening in the wall of a small room.  They filled the room with unwanted
> cats and dogs - all together, not even separating them by species, and
> turned on the truck's engine.  They then shoveled the animals out onto
> another pick-up and off to the landfill they went.  Some were only half
> dead.  When this horror was exposed to the public, 200 people showed up in
> a protest rally and kept showing up until a regular gas chamber was
> installed.  Then we had to do it all over to get the death by lethal
> injection method approved. San Antonio is finally realizing that death is
> not the answer at all but they are still using the injection to kill.  More
> advanced thinking people are now trying to get the pound to go no-kill.
> Unfortunately, most of the officers there are left over from the ugly past
> and catch and kill still prevails. But at least the City has recognized TNR
> as a legitimate way to deal with Community Cats (formerly known as
> ferals).  Maybe someday.....
>   ------------------------------
Go Get a Life---Go Get a Shelter Animal!

If you can't adopt, then foster "bottle baby" shelter animal, to save their
life: http://www.laanimalservices.com/volunteer_fostercare.htm

If you can't bottle feed, foster an older animal, to save their life, and
to free up cage space.

Ask your local animal pound to start saving over 90% of their intake by
implementing the No Kill Equation:

Legislate better animal pound conditions: http://www.rescue50.org
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