Who Will Let the Dogs OutJun 09, 2020
Crisis Created by Misuse of the HAAS Model of Sheltering
In this episode, I talk with Suzy Hollenbach of All 4s Rescue League in Memphis. We talk about how the HAAS model of sheltering being embraced by Memphis Animal Services and others, while excellent in theory, is creating a crisis of loose dogs in the city. All 4s has encountered packs of dogs roaming the city endangering not only themselves as so many are being hit by vehicles, but also the people of Memphis, particularly in the under-resourced areas.
Learn more about All 4's Rescue League, click here.
Click here to learn more about the HASS (Human Animal Support Services).
And to learn more about Who Will Let the Dogs Out, click here.
How Do We Engage Our Communities?
Community engagement is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to creating a shelter that is sustainable, successful, and saving every savable animal. Cara shares ideas for how any shelter can engage their community and help them see their shelter as an important part of their community offering not only animals for adoption and a safe place for unwanted animals, but as a resource for pet owners, a place to volunteer and meet other animal lovers, and a place where they want to donate their time and the money.
Mentioned in this episode:
Kids 4 Paws (a program of WWLDO):
If you've got other ideas for community engagement not mentioned in this episode, email us at Info@WhoWillLettheDogsOut.org
Three Elements Needed to Turn Around a Struggling Animal Shelter
Three elements that hold the key to making a municipal shelter a life-saving resource for its community.
Referenced in this podcast:
Dr. Kim Sanders, Anderson County PAWS
Special thanks to Connor Civatte for the original music used at the begining/end of each episode.
Dog Pounds in this Day and Age
Have you ever been to a dog pound? Join me on my first trip to a dog pound in western Tennessee.
The dog pound in this episode is the Huntingdon dog pound in Carroll County, Tennessee. It is run by dog catchers employed by the city of Huntingdon. The person ultimately responsible for this situation is the mayor of Huntingdon, which means that the citizens who vote for him are also responsible.
To date, multiple rescue organizations have tried to force change, including the Nashville Humane Association and the Humane Society of the United States, and yet nothing has changed. When NHA visited, they took all of the dogs back to their facility. Sadly, one of the dogs was in such bad shape that it died before they could offer treatment.
This situation MUST change. If you know anyone in Huntingdon or Carroll County, or in Tennessee, please forward this podcast. Ask them to speak out and demand change. We can be the voice for those who have none.
To learn more and to get involved, visit WhoWillLettheDogsOut.org
Saving Dogs While The Sky is Falling
Visit Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter in Mississippi where they are saving thousands of animals even as the roof falls in on them. A remarkable couple has led this shelter to save 12,000 dogs in the last nine years since taking over. With no real dog laws or public shelters, Mississippi is inundated with unwanted dogs and unplanned litters. Here is one bright spot that could use help to be even brighter.
To learn about the General's Quarters Inn Bed & Breakfast (mentioned in the podcast), click here.
Who Will Let the Dogs Out mission is to raise awareness and resources for shelters and rescues in our southern states. We are a non-profit initiative of Operation Paws for Homes (an all-breed animal rescue).
For more information on Who Will Let the Dogs Out, click here.
If you liked this podcast, be sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts - and tell someone. We believe that dogs do not suffer and die in shelters because people don't care, but because they don't know. Help us tell them.
Anger Won't Keep Dogs From Dying
Life and death decisions are made on a daily basis at MARL (Mississippi Animal Rescue League) in Jackson, MS which handles over ten thousand animals every year. They are the only 'open intake' shelter for a 100-mile radius.
For more information on MARL, visit their website.
You can find pictures of this episode and the blog post that inspired it, at Anger Won't Keep These Dogs From Dying.
Purebred Puppies for Sale - Cheap!
Superheroes Do Exist (Animal Rescue Corp)
Travel with us on our rescue road trip to TN, MS, and MO. Our first stop was an unexpected one, but we're glad we made it. We stopped in Lebanon, Tennessee at the emergency shelter of Animal Rescue Corps. ARC rescues thousands of dogs from natural and man-made disasters using a massive army of volunteers from all over the country, smart practices, and just four paid staff members. You'll be amazed at what ARC is doing - we were! Maybe you'll be inspired to get involved with ARC too.
To read the story of our visit to ARC, visit WhoWillLetTheDogsOut.org.
Who Will Let the Dogs Out was born while I was traveling to gather stories for my book One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and a Journey Into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues which will be released July 7, 2020 from Pegasus Books and is available anywhere books are sold.
For more information on all my blogs and books, visit CaraWrites.com.
Trailer Who Will Let the Dogs Out
Introducing a new podcast to share stories of dogs and the heroes who fight for them. Travel with writer Cara Achterberg and photographer Nancy Slattery as we visit the shelters, rescues, and dog pounds where thousands of dogs suffer and sometimes die while waiting for adoption or rescue. Convinced the problem is not that people don't care but that they don't know, Who Will Let the Dogs Out seeks to share the stories that will inspire all of us to figure out how we can finally let all the dogs out.
To learn more about our mission and how YOU can help, visit WhoWillLetTheDogsOut.org.