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Problems at Newcastle Shelter

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The Henry County Humane Society shelter at Newcastle stands accused in the media of animal cruelty and mismanagement by a former employee and others. An allegation of inhumane euthanasia of dogs using intra-abdominal injection has been made. The shelter manager is accused of mismanagement of money, personnel and resources. Move to Act attended the shelter’s monthly board meeting on June 25th and has been assured that steps have been taken to avoid such problems in the future. No shelter is too big or to small as to not warrant timely review and improvement in it’s policies and procedures. Move to Act expects prompt address and resolution of these allegations in Newcastle.

Illinois Cats at Westside PetSmart

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The PetSmart store at 86th and Zionsville Rd continues to import cats for adoption from a Paris, Illinois group known as D&R Rescue. This in the face of our own stunning local pet overpopulation problem. Why? Local animal advocate Susan Hobbs has detailed her efforts to reverse this irrational process both with the store manager and with PetSmart corporate headquarters-all to no avail. Move to Act is disappointed at this situation and PetSmart’s lack of cooperation. Add your voice to oppose PetSmart’s position by emailing Julie Schmaltz at:

Who gets the money?

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Have you ever wondered how much of your charitable donation to an animal welfare group really goes toward helping animals? The ideal charity solicits and spends your money in a responsible and transparent manner. Administrative costs are limited to maximize a good outcome. Move to Act stands in favor of responsibility and accountability among animal welfare groups. The interested reader is directed to an enlightening editorial appearing in Animal People from 1996 that is still valid. Find it at: