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So this is pretty much what I hate about Memphis.

The Memphis Animal Shelter got into trouble recently for basically being a scuddy hole that just happened to have animals in it.

The animals weren’t cared for, the facilities were disgusting, and in the dead heat of summer, there was no shade and inadequate water for the outside dogs.  In the winter?  No shelter of any kind.

I mean, let’s put aside the fact that this is a government-run facility for a minute.  Those poor animals.

Now that the new supervisor (who has admittedly cracked down on the stupidity) is out of town helping areas that are flooded, the employees have gone back to their old ways, going so far as to take freakin’ PUPPIES (adoptable puppies surrendered to the shelter) and throw them in a garbage can before wheeling them back to euthanize them.  They also dragged a limp dog around with a catch pole.

SRSLY.

Oh, and they didn’t feed the animals or clean their cages.  AGAIN.

If I had the funds, I’d take as many animals as I could into my house, but I can’t.  And the places that are supposed to be helping strays and other animals find homes (and take care of them while those homes are found)?  Aren’t doing it.

So, yes – let’s go ahead and point out that this is a City of Memphis operation.  Part of the taxes paid include funds to take care of these animals, and the funds are apparently going to pay these cretins who have nothing better to do than make a mockery of the dogs and cats there.

I’m part of a group called “Friends of Memphis Animal Services” on Facebook, and I’d noticed that they’d quieted down for a bit.  I suppose the employees who’d taken over while the boss was away didn’t really want any attention drawn to the facility.

Well, fuck that.

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DEAR CITY OF MEMPHIS:

I AM IN NEED OF A JOB, I LOVE ANIMALS, AND I HAVE REFERENCES THAT CAN TELL YOU THAT I HAVE NO PROBLEM DEALING WITH THE NASTIER BITS OF ANIMAL CARE – JUST ASK ME ABOUT CLEANING UP PARVOVIRUS POO PUDDLES.  PLEASE HIRE ME AND FIRE THE FOLKS RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE ACTS OF CRUELTY.

Yes, the caps-lock is necessary, since you guys don’t seem to pay attention unless someone’s screaming at you about something you’ve done wrong, publicly.

Also?  I’m totally serious.  I’d work my ass off to get those animals to a healthy adoption point, and you bet your ass I wouldn’t be afraid to take prospective pet parents to the back, because it would be clean, and the animals wouldn’t be in a frightening state.

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And….now I feel like I’m going to puke.

 

5 comments to So this is pretty much what I hate about Memphis.

  • Joseph

    I’m with you Bonnie…I’d take in every stray I saw if I could manage it. But this takes the cake, it’s institutionally approved abuse. At taxpayer expense. The guy who runs this needs to fire all of the dickheads that work there, hire a few pros and get some volunteers.

    • They have volunteers…I’m friends with one of them…but the volunteers can only do so much, and they’re restricted from doing a lot of things that the employees do. An overhaul is definitely needed, though.

  • D

    Email the Mayor. For serious.

  • Rick

    Uh, isn’t this the SECOND time around for this shit??