Sunday, January 12, 2014

Where Were The Adopters During The "No-Kill" Scramble?

Alot has been written about the Safe Haven 19 - investigations requested (a mainstay of Delaware animal welfare, vigils held, and even opportunities to capitalize with donation requests.  But one thing that is unclear is where were the adopters for these animals, many of which had been held for months and in many cases years.  The "No-Kill" movement proclaims that there are homes for all of them, and Nathan Winograd says that pet overpopulation is a myth, so where were the adopters and homes for these 19 dogs?

And why did a post to Mr. Winograd's Facebook page by one or our "No-Kill" advocates disappear only hours after it was posted?  Was it because the movement knows that Delaware became a fiasco under CAPA, and now just chooses to pretend like we don't exist?  So many questions, and so few answers.

While the "No-Kill" movement has stated that there were adopters waiting to get these dogs, we all know they were available for quite some time, in some cases years.  The outcomes of many of the dogs that were scrambled out of Safe Haven's doors make the question of those available homes even more in question.

Below are some screenshots showing the many previous Safe Haven dogs that ended up homeless shortly after they were scrambled out the doors.  It shows that many of those dogs didn't go to homes.  They were scrambled out in an attempt to try and rescue them, whether the individual had the resources to do so or not.

Fortunately some dogs like Helen, a blind pit bull, have eventually found a real home where she will be provided with the love and socialization that every dog deserves that.  

What Helen didn't deserve was to go out the door during the "No-Kill" scramble, to eventually be found roaming the streets on her own.  It's dangerous enough on the streets for a dog that can see, and for Helen it could have been tragic if she was not found.

Below is the screenshot that Safe Haven provided with a pretty story about Helen going out their doors previously and how she went to New Jersey.  Isn't it strange that Helen was found wandering in Sussex County?  I don't imagine she swam across the bay from New Jersey, so we have to wonder just how much fiction we heard from Safe Haven, the "No-Kill" movement, and their sister shelter Faithful Friends who was working with Safe Haven during their final months. Did any of the dogs truly go to good homes, or did some go to horrible places where we will never know the outcome?

We can only hope that other dogs that went out of Safe Haven's have guardian angels, especially since it appears the "No-Kill" movement in Delaware is more interested in enhancing their stats than making sure that the alternative to euthanasia is good homes, and not more suffering.  Denying pet overpopulation exists by hiding dogs in kennels, garages, and sheds isn't rescue, it's just trying to hide the fact that CAPA and "No-Kill" has failed in Delaware.  And sadly, it's the animals that suffer as a result.