The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 August 2006

The animal shelter evolves

I didn't pay much attention to this when it showed up on craigslist earlier this summer:

Are you passionate about animal welfare? Does your heart ache for all the abandoned and homeless animals? Please help us make a difference by volunteering with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division.

The Animal Welfare Division is responsible for public safety, animal care and protection. We partner with rescue groups, foster homes, volunteers and no-kill shelters to minimize unnecessary euthanasia and to promote the humane ethic. We are building a city in which pet ownership is a pleasure to the owners without becoming a burden to the community; in which owners, non-owners and animals alike are treated with respect; and in which animals are treated with kindness and compassion.

Our goal is to be "no kill" for placeable animals by 2010.

The business about "without becoming a burder to the community" made it to the city's Web site, but they aren't at all promoting the no-kill goal.

Yet. A friend of mine told me last night that Georgie Rasco of the Neighborhood Alliance asked her to become a member of their committee to push for no-kill. And it seems to me that if the Alliance is working on this, there's a better chance the city will get off the dime and start moving towards its stated goal.

Posted at 11:57 AM to City Scene


Perhaps a similar "no-kill" policy could be instituted for unwanted (by their Mothers, that is) babies.

Posted by: John Salmon at 3:06 PM on 5 August 2006

I'm sending my animal-lover wife a link to this post.

Posted by: McGehee at 5:45 PM on 5 August 2006

I never saw the craigslist item, but I did recently start volunteering for the OKC Animal Shelter. In fact, we're on our way up there this morning to do some work. I would hesitate in saying that they're actually on the dime on this, but I nevertheless hope they achieve their goal as quickly as possible (with a supportive community).

Posted by: Dwight at 8:13 AM on 6 August 2006

Interesting to see which type of killing is more socially acceptable.

It's enough to make a Calvinist out of you.

Posted by: John Salmon at 8:29 PM on 7 August 2006