Greg Fischer can’t be bothered with actually improving Louisville Metro Animal Services, so he’s promoting some contest sponsored by the ASPCA instead:
While there’s no doubt LMAS animals need that $100,000? Hold on a damn minute.
Some of the language LMAS used on the entry form:
What makes you a tough contender in the ASPCA $100K Challenge?
Louisville Metro Animal Services is a tough contender because our ultimate goal is to be out of business… in the meantime our staff accepts and cares for the unwanted animals in our community, regardless of the reason for surrender, and work tirelessly with the help of volunteers and community parterns to find them loving, forever homes while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet ownership and compassion.
How would you use $100,000?
The much needed funds will be used to promote our lifesaving mission by marketing (we would love some flyers/posters/billboards/commercials) our adoptable pets, reaching out to potential adopters and fosters, increasing the visibility and availability of our free outreach programs and events, increase our free vaccination and low cost spay/neuter initiatives and most importantly inform the community that Metro Animal Services is available to HELP them as well as the homeless animals in Jefferson County.
Let’s address a couple issues:
- If the goal for LMAS was to be out of business? It would be out of business right now.
- Staff don’t work with volunteers and community partners to find homes. THOUSANDS are burned in an incinerator every year. Volunteers are ostracized for asking questions and countless residents who constantly try to help and offer money (me included) are blown off. There’s not a goddamn bit of outreach going on.
- Reaching out to the community to find homes for animals costs nothing. The media is already willing to partner. This website could find hundreds of homes if there was a competent body on Manslick Road who could take five fucking minutes a week to give us details about which animals are on-hand.
A little bit of honesty and transparency would go a long way here.
The reality? That $100,000, which LMAS will not win, would go to pay inflated salaries of inexperienced children running a sinking ship that’s so far in the red it can’t get out.