This was Lexie. She was brought in to Columbus Animal Control three days ago. She was taken to an offsite adoption over the weekend but wasn’t adopted. So she had to go back. Through the volunteers that tirelessly network these animals for a home, a home was found. She missed contacting the shelter by 10 minutes on Saturday after she saw the post. So she emailed, and left messages for them and made every effort possible to let them know she would be there to get her when the doors opened at 12 noon on Monday. In the meantime she went out and bought a leash and collar and toys for her. Too bad they didn’t check their messages and killed her this weekend. THEY NEVER CHECKED THE MESSAGES BEFORE THEY KILLED THIS PUPPY!!!!! This puppy died because no one working there cared enough to check their messaged to see if this poor girl had someone coming for her, WHICH SHE DID!!!!!
This is just more proof that the SAVE A PET program has changed absolutely nothing. This puppy died because this facility simply doesn’t care enough to do things differently! Mayor Tomlinson your program is a joke and it’s not even being implemented as you said it would be. This PUPPY was already fixed and microchipped. Her adoption fee was only $25 and she was still killed with an adopter waiting for her. I’m sure when confronted they will say they never got the message, or they never got the email, which I know to be completely and totally false, as this is not the first time that this has happened to a family that was heading to this facility to adopt an animal. One woman was only given 10 minutes to get there before they killed a tiny kitten they knew she was coming to get.
Columbus, this is completely UNACCEPTABLE! How can the Mayor, City Council, or anyone at this facility claim that things are better? Everything still remains the same. Nothing has changed. The only reason adoptions are increasing is because of the tireless effort of the animal lovers and volunteers that continue to network these animals and get them out to the adoption events. Nothing on the part of the city or the Save A Pet program has had any impact on this community except to confuse the public and lead them to believe that they are a No Kill Facility (which they are NOT) and to lead people to believe that they actually care about the animals that are in their “care”.
We need to get louder! We need the NO KILL EQUATION implemented as they said they would in the meeting attended by the Mayor herself. We will not and should not accept anything less than saving every animal that can be saved. Cats are still being killed for things like a completely treatable Upper Respiratory Infection, which anywhere else would not equal a death sentence. Dogs and cats are being killed every single day, some of which have homes and owners looking for them. There are two dogs there right now that have owners looking for them and microchips and no one has contacted them at all. They are new to the area and very upset that they will now not be able to get their dogs back for at least 2 days because the facility is closed. No one called them, they probably weren’t even scanned for a microchip. So please tell me in the world of responsible pet ownership, how is it that we have our pets microchipped in case they are lost and then the facility holding them doesn’t even bother to call the owner or scan for a microchip???
There is something very wrong with this picture. They are lying, and misleading the public. How would you feel if your dog/cat got loose and had a microchip and you didn’t know where to look. What if you were on a 10 day vacation??? They would only hold your dog/cat for 5 days and then they could kill your pet if it’s not adopted. This has happened before and continues to happen over and over regardless of the public outcry for change. Something has got to change and the No Kill Equation is the only cost-effective life saving method that has been proven to work in numerous cities in the US and across the world.
Please send emails to the Mayor, City Council, and Animal Control’s director Drale Short and let them know that this has got to stop. Support your local rescues and do something to help. You can volunteer, sponsor, adopt, host events, share photos of the adoptable animals. There is SOMETHING for everyone to do! So DO IT! Do it now, we need to make them STOP THE KILLING!!!! Support No Kill Columbus, attend the next meeting, take a stand and be the voice for the voiceless! They are all counting on us!