News from Victoria: The Lost Dogs Home do it again

Report by Rescued With Love www.rescuedwithlove.org

“The Lost Dogs Home have apparently ‘done it again’.  Without any attempt to lower their kill rates (yes AWL QLD are working towards Zero kill, the RSPCA ACT are at 8% and SADS Melbourne are under 10%) the LDH are still not addressing the fact they are a HIGH KILL POUND. 

Donors who have given money for more than a decade are shut out of AGM’s because they have questions, families wanting answers as to why their beloved pets were killed when they were trying to reclaim them are still being met with silence.  LDH staff members are coming forward telling stories anonmyously about “Killing Sprees” and exposing that dogs such as Buckley who made a huge amount of money for this facility were indeed to be killed until it was leaked to the media.  So what are they up to now? 

They have a Pet Licence for potential owners!  There is a book to read through to explain responsible pet ownership to those wishing to take the test.  According to their website they have worked on this for a year. Mmm, interesting.  

The first question asked after you log your name  and details in is a yes or no, woul you like to ‘Receive information from the Lost Dogs Home’?  Information?  Would that be more information on responsible pet care, or would it be how you can financially aid the LDH? 

There are questions involving registering your dog. how long a dog is kept for in a pound before being euthanased or rehomed, and if your animal will gain weight if it is desexed.  Can heartworm be deadly for dogs? Can you train an older dog?  How often should you feed your dog? And how often should you brush a long haired dog?  The ridiculous list goes on. 

Please go and do the test online at www.dogshome.com it’s a corker.  You even get a certificate from “Australia’s largest animal SHELTER”.  Um, another bit of misinformation there too!  It’s Australia’s largest POUND!  With 17 dog up for adoption in it’s shelter section Rescued With Love has more dogs on its books. 

If you want to educate the public, a Pet License isn’t going to do it.  What happens if someone fails the test?  Do they get a chance to read through the book and then pass?  Will it make them a better pet owner in two minutes?  Will they remember to put into place everything they have learnt in the booklet?  Will they still care responsibly for their new pet, even if they didn’t in the past? 

What a waste of time, and more donors’ money. 

Have a look at how a real Pet Education Program works, by logging onto Best Friends in the USA

http://www.bestfriends.org/nomorehomelesspets/humaneeducation/ 

 The LDH think by bringing this Pet License out this week it will deflect the publicity from Brindle the family pet killed needlessly in their facility.  And that it will deflect they are killing treatable, re-homeable dogs and cats without attempting to address their poor sheltering techniques. 

What the LDH don’t realize is they won’t stop the animals coming into their facility.  But they can do something about what happens when they are in there, and to save more lives all they have to do is stop the convenience killing. 

Again, more emphasis taken off the dogs in need, at a time when they need it the most.  In a pound, lost, and alone.  Nice one LDH.  “We care more than most because too many people don’t care enough”. 

Blaming the public for your kill rates.  What next?”

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