bringing a national perspective to our local shelter-killing problem, Nathan Winograd weighed in on the record of Dane County Humane Society, Dr. Sandra Newbury, and the solution to our "cat problem" (the problem being that we feel we need to kill them). i am rereading the article now, but i wanted to get it posted quickly so we appear sort of up-to-date. btw, the kitten pictured is one Nathan bottle-fed to save (rather than killing for convenience).
humor aside, this is a scathing indictment of the failed policies of the Dane County Humane Society under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Sandra Newbury, Cathy Holmes, and Pam McCloud-Smith. this is the same team that is just declared they are "creating a better match between the number of animals coming in and the number of animals going out" - no joke. by killing 40% of them. (more below)
we said it before and we'll say it again. when you find yourself stuck in a hole, the first thing you need to do is stop digging. in Pam's memo to her staff, she claims that their strategy "will one day become best practice for us and other shelters." why do we keep listening to this Orwellian insanity?
as Nathan Winograd points out, "the archaic voices of tradition in sheltering are acting the same way as the doctors who put their own positions above their patients. They refuse to innovate and modernize precisely because they are threatened by the growing hegemony of the No Kill movement and what this means for their own stature in this movement."
read his piece. we'll talk. we're planning another No-Kill Madison meet-up soon, so stay posted. our cats are well-served by this work. thanks again to Nathan for taking the time to examine our circumstance and offer helpful insight. i hope we are able to put it to good use...