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20 November 2013


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Before I read this post, I wasn’t familiar with the term “managed” admissions. I only knew “open” and “limited,” so I thank you for putting this on my radar. I read the hyperlinked entry and managed admissions policies do sound like they have great potential to help save lives. I’m glad to hear they’ve been successful in the two communities cited.
Still, as part of a team running a city shelter in a very low-income and under-resourced area, I’d be cautious and careful about implementing a waiting list. Even though our staff is trained to offer non-judgmental help to anyone surrendering an animal, we saw the number of strays skyrocket when we did away, for a time, with the overnight drop-box. When the drop-box was reinstated, those numbers returned to their previous levels. I’m not saying it won’t work and I agree though that we need to keep thinking outside the box, but populations even within the same country can sometimes respond very differently.
I have to say it does bum me out to read such snarky comments about those who work in municipal, so-called open admissions shelters: “…an apologist for a so-called shelter that proudly calls itself "open admission" as it marches pets from the admission desk to the kill room.”

Stephen Hopper

Strange world we live in where those who claim to care so much about animals cling to the dogma of "There's just too many, nothing can be done", so let's not even try.. In fact, let's oppose those who do.." The sheer fact that what we have been doing since creating the first shelter hasn't worked..
The true definition of insane.

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