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New paint, same old rotten wood underneath

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

SPCA Tampa Bay launched its redesigned website this week, complete with a new logo that bears a deceptive resemblance to Best Friends Animal Society’s logo.

No two organizations could differ more radically. Best Friends actively supports No Kill through initiatives to fight puppy mills and breed discrimination, support TNR, engage volunteers, and connect with rescues to vigorously promote adoption nationwide. No healthy adoptable animal is EVER killed at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

We would like to believe the similarity in logos is accidental, but……

Loaded with emotionally charged copy that is flatly contradicted by the experience of numerous former SPCA/TB volunteers and employees, the new website achieves the goal of “rebranding” but changes nothing in day-to-day operations. Even the Board president’s 2014 letter dismissing every charge brought against the Boden administration remains on the site, a clear message that the rebranding involves no policy changes.

The animals, of course, didn’t have a vote.

It’s a sad fact of today’s world that we can no longer rely on businesses or organizations to keep the promises they make when promoting themselves. Even more sad is the fact that well-meaning and sincere people will be duped by the lies into donating money that will go primarily for inflated salaries instead of helping the animals. Website redesign isn’t cheap. The money spent on this site, which according to one professional web designer is far below par, could have helped several more dogs and cats get adopted.

The Indianapolis animal welfare community is familiar with the rebranding smoke and mirrors. It happened here too, under Martha Boden’s tenure at the Humane Society of Indianapolis. But finally, HSI’s Board woke up.

Can no one on the SPCA/TB Board of Directors hear the alarm?

Last “Tails & Ales” until September – see you Thursday at the Brewpub!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

The last spring session of Tails & Ales at the Broad Ripple Brewpub is Thursday, June 18. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy some great food, craft beer, and the opportunity to save a life and find your new best friend!

Five all-volunteer rescue groups will be bringing adoptable pets to visit with Brewpub customers on Thursday. The roster includes:

Lucky Dog Retreat
Tribe Bully
A Critter’s Chance
Every Dog Counts

The fun starts at 6:00. Bring a two-legged friend and learn more about the rescues, get acquainted with the adoptable animals, skip cooking for the evening, and expect a surprise or two!

Tails & Ales will be back in September, but why wait that long?

Indy Mega Adoption Event seeks homes for 1,000+ pets

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

On June 20 and 21, more than 1,000 central Indiana homeless dogs and cats are hoping to find their forever homes. More than 25 organizations are participating in the third Indy Mega Adoption Event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, and there’s no charge to attend beyond the $5 parking fee charged by the Fairgrounds.

Participating groups include regional shelters from Brown, Hendricks, Morgan and Hamilton Counties, as well as FACE, IACC, and several all-volunteer rescues. All animals are up to date on vaccinations and have been spayed or neutered and microchipped. Adoption fees are just $30, and most pets can go home the same day.

On the upside, the large selection, central location and low adoption fees are appealing to potential adopters who either can’t face going into a shelter or need a little nudge to go from thinking about adopting to actually doing it. In promoting the event, the organizers have helped focus attention on the huge numbers of homeless pets. Previous Mega Adoption Events have produced large numbers of adoptions, making room in shelters and rescues for many more animals in need.

On the other side of the coin, being transported and housed with hundreds of other animals in an unfamiliar place can’t help but be stressful for these animals. Some adoptions will be spur-of-the-moment and won’t work out. And if, as some have suggested, certain animals have been specifically tucked away to be showcased at this event and not made available for earlier adoptions, that would be a grave disservice both to those animals and to the many more who come into shelters every day.

Nothing, of course, has just one side. mtA hopes all rescue groups will maintain their usual reasonable standards for potential adopters, and that hundreds of dogs and cats find permanent, happy homes at the Mega Adoption Event!

Kudos to Muncie shelter for Just One Day event

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

A rousing cheer for the Muncie Animal Shelter, which is staying open for 24 hours in hopes of finding good homes for the 140 animals currently housed there. The Just One Day marathon adoption event ends at midnight on June 11 or when the shelter runs out of animals, says director Phil Peckinpaugh.

Adoption fees during the Muncie event are just $11, which includes microchipping, spay or neuter surgery and vaccinations. The Muncie shelter has promised that no healthy animals will be killed during this time. Check out their Facebook page to see how it’s going:

Just One Day, held annually on June 11, focuses public attention on the number of animals killed in shelters by proclaiming one day in which no healthy adoptable animals will die. Last year, 13,000 pets were saved at shelters that participated in this nationwide event.

mtA salutes the Muncie Animal Shelter for standing up for animals. And we wonder — why did the Indianapolis area shelters not participate?

Maybe next year?