August…the month of misery, and it ain’t over yet.

I know many of you think I have abandoned this blog and the cause. I have been going through many changes, including getting Jethro returned to me from Virginia. Needless to say, I have had my hands full. But I am still here and continue to fight for those who cannot.

I have been following the Columbus, GA Save-A-Pet program from its infancy, and have held out hope that in time this city and it’s officials would get on board with the No Kill Movement happening here in their city. This has not happened to date. Mayor Tomlinson and the city officials that hold the cards have still refused to save lives by implementing the steps of the No Kill Equation, which we already know is the only way to stop the killing. The Mayor’s beloved Save-A-Pet program is nothing more than words on paper. In fact, the only step of that whole program that is actually being implemented at all is the offsite adoption program that is handled by the volunteers. The other steps of the program DO NOT EXIST! This whole program is nothing more than smoke in mirrors to shut us up!  Back when the Mayor announced her comprehensive Save-A-Pet program she assured us that even though they did not want to call it the No Kill Equation (because it was, in her words, misleading to the public) that the steps would be modeled after it. Well folks, where is the rest of the plan? We still do not have a TNR program, we still do not have a foster program, no pet retention program, we don’t have access to her  “Angel Fund” for sick or injured animals, even though there have been many requests to access those funds to help animals that have come to the shelter with horrible injuries. No medical treatment was afforded to them until their hold was up and/or a local rescue stepped up to help!

So please Mayor Tomlinson, tell me where your program was for Jake, Isabella, or sweet Chanel.

Isabella recovering from amputation after being hit by a car.

Chanel also recovering from leg amputation.

Two of these dogs had to have legs amputated.

Jake after several laser treatments to treat the extensive burns covering his whole back from head to tail.

One was burned with some sort of chemical or hot water all the way through the muscle on his back.

These are only some of the recent cases of abuse, neglect, and cruelty that the animals live through each and every day here in Columbus. Where was your program then? Why didn’t the “Angel Fund” help them? I want answers as to why your program is nothing more than a piece of paper for blowing my nose in?  Where is the change that was promised to the advocates in your city and the animals in the “care” of your facility?  Why can’t you make the commitment to stop the killing and focus on saving their lives? Why are you not attending the No Kill Conference to educate yourself on what is happening in communities all over the country every singe day to save lives? But more importantly Why did YOUR facility kill 40 animals in 11 days???????? How is this acceptable in any way shape or form, if you’re really implementing YOUR OWN program!?! This is completely unacceptable and wrong! These animals should not have to die because the city can’t get it together enough to, at the very least, implement its own program? If this makes you mad, like it makes me mad we need to get louder! We need to keep putting pressure on the city to make the changes we have requested, and that are laid out in THEIR OWN PROGRAM! Write to your city council members, let them know what you want to see happen. Let them know you’re not ok with them spending YOUR tax dollars on MURDER! It’s time to hold the accountable for their own actions, statements, and shortcomings!  What’s happening now are simply more excuses as to why they can’t do what we’re asking them to do instead of coming up with a way to make it happen!

Let’s go! It’s time to hold their feet to the fire and make them listen to the people who elected them in the first place!

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