The problem here is that I'm in Texas. Killing is the State Sport. Unfortunately, most of the Animal Control Officers don't even know the new rules, which include acceptance of TNR as a way to control outside cats. They are still terrorizing people who have a small batch of backyard cats who are spayed/neutered and have their rabies shots. They are counting these cats in the 8 cat limit when the new code states specifically that they are NOT included in the cat limit rule. They recently reduced the number of cats/dogs allowed to 8 from 10. This makes no sense except when you realize that they will now charge for an "excess animal permit". Then it makes sense to reduce the legal limit so that a number of people are now over the limit and have to purchase the permit. Nasty little tricks. People who have received a citation in the past for having over the permissible limit of cats/dogs are prohibited from purchasing the permit. More nonsense. It would help if all the ACO's were required to read the new codes and then be tested on whether or not they understand them. The citizens of this city don't know the rules either. Cat haters are terrorizing cat caring neighbors, threatening them with reporting them when there's nothing to report because the cat caregivers are actually in compliance. I think that ignorance is our worst enemy. Even when we get good ordinances, they don't work because no one knows about them.
________________________________ From: Kathryn Hargreaves <khargrea...@gmail.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2012 5:28 PM Subject: [Felvtalk] Fwd: Cat shelters I trimmed this so maybe it will go through. . . ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Kathryn Hargreaves <khargrea...@gmail.com> Date: Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 2:24 PM Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Cat shelters To: email@example.com 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: http://www.amazon.com/Compassion-Fatigue-Animal-Care-Community-Charles/dp/0974840076 > > >________________________________ > > -- ----------------------------
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