Saturday, June 19, 2010
Ashes, OTIs, and Pit Bulls: Saturday at the Shelter
The Shelter was in full swing for euthanizations this week and the young woman was there when the staff was emptying the incinerator used to consume the bodies. The young woman gave me a hard look as we were going off her transport list. "I have a new idea for publicity," she said. "We should bundle the ashes from the incinerator into little baggies and hand them to each person who comes to turn in kittens." I had to agree it would be an eye-opener for our clients. "And it is recycling, too," the volunteer added grimly.
The Shelter Rescue Coordinator has been valiantly trying to place the uptick in OTI (Owner-Turn-In) animals. We're getting an inordinately high number of healthy, middle-aged, well-socialized pets coming in as surrenders. The major reason? People are moving and say they can't take their dogs. The Rescue Coordinator has a name for it: "They're moving to the State of No Dogs."
We've got a new Pit Bull Rescue Group to help us deal with our wonderful Staffies and Pibbles! Guardian Pit Bull Rescue may not be the biggest outfit in Rescue, but they are heroes to the dogs they pull from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The big Staffie pictured above is a perfect example of the kind of dog our volunteers would like to save, but the kind that are harder to place under the County guidelines. Guardian Pit Bull had a comprehensive application form for interested prospects to fill out--one more suited to the needs of these dogs than the Shelter's boilerplate form.
-*- Photo courtesy of M.H.