Sunday, October 31, 2010

Anne Arundel County Maryland Animal Control Policy to Kill Undersized Animals

Unfortunately, I read this in The Capital newspaper today, “For more than 16 months, [Anne Arundel] county Animal Control officers have been under orders to euthanize impounded kittens, puppies and other wildlife weighing less than 1.5 pounds - regardless of their health or ability to eat. Failure by the officers to comply with the rule - which primarily affects kittens 6 weeks old and younger - will result in ‘immediate and progressive disciplinary measures,’ according to a short, partially handwritten memo dated June 23, 2009, that Animal Control officials said last week remained ‘largely in effect.’” 
These precious babies would be killed under the policy.
“WOW” is all I can say but I shouldn’t be too surprised because I’m sure this is a common policy for many Animal Control agencies across the country. So, too, is the response the public receives from those over-seeing Animal Control operations: Lt. Glenn Shanahan, the county police officer who oversees Animal Control, says, "We do all we can to avoid euthanizing animals.” I’m sorry, but that is not much of a defensive argument for a policy that clearly does NOTHING to try to save and rescue abandoned kittens, puppies and orphaned wildlife.

Local rescue groups and animal advocates are speaking out against this horrible policy, making the point that EVERY animal entering the shelter should be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Infant animals can start eating soft foods as earlier as 3 weeks old and bottle-feeding can be utilized for those who cannot. And not to point out the obvious, but Animal Control should have a foster system in place, so infant animals can be looked after until they are old enough to be sterilized and placed into an adoption program. And why is Animal Control not contacting local wildlife rehabilitation groups when an orphaned wild animal comes into the shelter, or any wild animal for that matter? (That would be more convenient and actually save money, rather than killing.) 

But no, Animal Control would rather make a blanket policy that says no matter what, if an animal comes in and weighs less than this amount, it is to be killed. This policy is about convenience not compassion. Again, this is a prime example of where animal sheltering in the United States was borne out of compassion but over the years it has become lost in politics and poor shelter management practices. Countless animals are losing their lives everyday because people with poor management skills and no compassion for animals continue to make the “policies.”

Please help Alley Cat Rescue and other local animal rescue groups see this policy is overturned, by contacting the County Executive Office and telling decision makers that this policy is not only cruel and inhumane, but it does not hold true to the county’s progressive and compassionate standards. Currently, the Anne Arundel County Executive is John R. Leopold; however, this could change after Election Day, so you may want to simply address your letter to the “Anne Arundel County Executive.”

The Arundel Center 
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21404
General Info Phone Number: (410) 222-1821


Monday, October 25, 2010

Update: Camden Needs Your Help

Camden after surgery
Back in June, we featured a story on Camden, a cat rescued from the streets of Baltimore, MD who needed surgery to prevent urinary blockages. Well, we are happy to report that Camden had the surgery and is feeling 100% better!

Pumpkin after surgery
Just like Pumpkin, an ACR office kitty, Camden will need to be on a special diet for the rest of his life due to his urinary tract disease; however, his mom Mari (and ACR) is glad she made the right decision to have the surgery. Both cats are happy and healthy, with no urinary blockages (thanks to the urethra-widening incision) and loving their new food.

Thanks to compassionate folks like YOU, donations made it possible for Camden (and Pumpkin) to receive the surgery they needed and deserved! To stay updated on Camden’s condition and to see how you can help, please click here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

No More Homeless Pets National Conference

Alley Cat Rescue attended the Best Friends Animal Society’s, No More Homeless Pets National Conference this past weekend. Over 11,000 animal supporters from over 170 organizations came together to share information and experiences and to inspire each other and their communities to continue the good fight for animals.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Certificate of Excellence

Alley Cat Rescue’s newsletter, Alley Cat Mews, was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers' Association for 2010. This is ACR’s 7th Certificate for our newsletter. To receive our award-winning newsletter, please become an Alley Cat Rescue member with a $15 donation. With a yearly membership, you will receive our quarterly newsletter filled with educational information, inspiring cat stories, beautiful pictures and calls to action. You can also sign up, on our website home page, to receive our email alerts for free! Stay connected with cat news from around the world and do your part to protect cats by responding to our action alerts. Check it out at!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Celebrate World Animal Day!!

October 4th has been celebrated as World Animal Day since 1931, when a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy decided to use the day as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4th was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October 4th with a Blessing for the Animals. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world. It is intended as a day of celebration for anyone in the world who cares about animals. It is not restricted to any one nationality, creed, religion, political belief or ideology.  

The number of events celebrating World Animal Day has increased dramatically in the past several years, with events planned in over 68 countries. Building the World Animal Day initiative is a wonderful way to unite the animal welfare movement. One such event was held this past Saturday by the Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) in the San Francisco Bay Area – the 2nd Humane Planet Expo: Planting the Seeds to Grow a More Compassionate World.

When Lisa Spector, “asked Erin Scott, the director of Organizational Development at PAHS, what inspired her to give birth to this event, Erin said, ‘As human beings, we tend to segregate topics and it’s really important as we step into a new paradigm of being human, to remember that what is affecting the planet is affecting animals and visa-versa. We are all connected… animals, people, the planet. It’s a falsity to segregate issues. The mission of the event is to bring to life the connecting of the dots of what is humane, what is green, and question if they are really different.’”

To find an event near you, visit the World Animal Day website to see which organizations are participating and to see if one is in your local area. If you cannot find one, visit their “Get Involved” page to find out how you can plan your own World Animal Day event for next year!