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What’s become of the Indianapolis Animal Welfare Alliance?

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

More than a year ago, in an apparent attempt to deflect attention from an upheaval in the animal welfare community surrounding the calculated dismissal of the previous administrator of Indianapolis Animal Care & Control, the Indianapolis Animal Welfare Alliance was announced.

Created by HSI and select other groups that supported the orchestrated administration ouster, the IAWA announced lofty goals for 2010. One of those goals was to open a low cost animal clinic in Fountain Square. Targeted high-volume, low-cost s/n is certainly an essential part of the No Kill Equation and an additional clinic surely would be welcomed in any community.

“A million (dollars) is going to change the face of animal welfare in Indianapolis,” said John Aleshire, chief executive officer of the Humane Society. – Indianapolis Star, July 18, 2010

“Help us end problems for Indy’s animals once and for all.”

Question: Is it really “all about the animals,” or is it about the money?

Has anyone heard more?

Are conditions vastly better for homeless animals in Indianapolis since the formation of the “Alliance”? Was this yet another promotion that wasted a lot of peoples’ time in meetings and consumed thousands of dollars of a generous benefactor to assemble a selective cheering section for HSI? And didn’t the alliance-building meeting facilitator transition into a lucrative salaried position at HSI?

Can the community believe that this “Alliance” was created for more than just a veil to enhance and promote a public image?

“Aleshire’s plan is heavy on public relations.” – IBJ February 4, 2009

Or is this more rice cooking with talk?

Move to ACT invites IAWA and HSI to let the community know what progress it has made to date.