TED Conversations

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

I have a huge problem and really I need help solving it.

where I live and probably where you live too, there is a huge problem with stay cats and dogs. Most are gathered up by the cities animal control office and killed. Hundreds and thousands a week.

I thought the private animal shelters were the answer so I began volunteering my time and money at couple in my hometown only to find out they are corrupt.

There is little or no regard for the health and welfare of the animals and it is all about the numbers and the money.

I believe in a no kill society and am giving everything I have to the idea but not making any progress. There are many other volunteers who agree with me and will support me, but I do not know what to do.

I've gathered enough information to understand that the owner is making a living from the shelter, and keeping all the money instead of spending it on sick, injured animals that are suffering. How do I change a corrupt private shelter? I don't want to report the owner and risk the lives of the cats that are there.

I came here with my problem because the people on this website are among the most intelligent and reasonable I know. I am open to any suggestions, please help if you can.

0
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Dec 14 2012: Well, the reason some countries don't have problems with stray cats and dogs is because they neuter animals. So what you can do is introduce a program with the majority, or all of the shelter's funds, where the shelter offers to neuter people's pets for free or for a small fee that most people in the area can afford. If you convince the locals of the usefulness of neutering and tell the donors (who already know about the usefulness of neutering) about your plan then the shelter has no choice but to implement the program. Because neutering is a procedure that can easily be quantified it is very hard for the shelter to steal money from the program, after all, the donors can easily see how much money the shelter spends per procedure and figure out if they're getting conned. All you have to do is make sure that you, or someone you trust is counting the number of procedures and reporting this number to the donors periodically.
    • Dec 19 2012: as I mentioned in another reply, there is a spay/neuter clinic for people to catch, spay, and release ferals. I do that as well, only thing is, some of the cats and dogs I catch are not feral, they are just stray/abandoned. Those ones I bring to the shelter I volunteer at.

      There needs to be more education though, each generation is more compassionate, and smarter.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.