There are no words for the shizstorm of a mess at Louisville Metro Animal Services.
So I’m excerpting a giant bit from Jonathan Meador this week:
As such, Neumayer becomes the animal control agency’s third interim director since Jan. 1, 2010. Sources within LMAS and in the city’s “no-kill” animal welfare movement suggest this revolving door of management has paved the way for a power grab by the Kentucky Humane Society, which the city has tapped to essentially take over LMAS’ sheltering operations until an eight-person panel appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer selects a permanent director.
According to the mayor’s office, consultant Karen Koenig of the Kentucky Humane Society is being paid $9,000 a month from LMAS’ operating budget for a period of up to three months.
“Bringing in KHS to supposedly increase adoptions when their philosophy is very close to LMAS’ doesn’t seem like a good fit,” says Donna Herzig, president of the Louisville Kennel Club. “In addition, we need transparency and accountability. I know the mayor has been very forthright with respect to those two things, but it’s hard to have transparency when you’ve got a private organization that isn’t required to release information … What if something’s going wrong with this contract? What do you do? How is that transparent?”
Herzig also contends the Kentucky Humane Society “buys into the myth of pet overpopulation,” which she claims results in adoptable pets at times being euthanized. However, the Kentucky Humane Society’s website states that “all cats and dogs remain available for adoption as long as health and behavior permits.”
“Things haven’t gotten any better,” says Jessica Durbin, public education coordinator for LMAS. “When you have people like myself and others there who are halfway intelligent people, and instead of listening to their ideas you decide to spend $27,000 on a consultant who can tell you to do the things we’ve already been saying, it’s very frustrating. I like KHS, but the way this is being done has got a lot of us up in arms.”
Durbin points out that the city could hire two part-time animal adoption coordinators — positions at LMAS that are currently not filled — for that amount of money, adding that she doesn’t have much hope for the agency until a new permanent director is selected.
Click here to read the entire story in LEO Weekly. This is something you can’t afford not to read.
And then ask yourself why Chris Poynter is so quick to attack critics who question the Kentucky Humane Society. Is it because they’re now regretting that $9,000-per-month fee they’re paying the KHS for services LMAS already handles?
According to folks within LMAS, the KHS staffer has to shadow LMAS workers in order to learn what they’re supposed to do and has little working knowledge about rescues and adoptions – the services they’re contracted to provide the city.
If KHS was really there just to help out – why would the organization need to take all of the databases and contacts LMAS has for its own use? Shouldn’t they be asking how things are done and in what order so they can come back to say, “Here’s what you’re doing incorrectly, here’s where you can improve, this will work better”? Because all I’m seeing is KHS getting a sweet payday because Debbie Fox is a friend.