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March 2007 Newsletter

in this issue
:: Searching for a lost pet - what do you do first?
:: What do the experts say about allowing the public into the kennels to look for their lost dog?
:: Puppy stabbing lowlife:
:: Move to Act Blog
The loss of a missing friend/family member/pet is heart-breaking and never taken casually by those of us who respect the special gift they are in our lives.

On January 26th at 1:03 p.m., Robin Herman, Move to ACT (mtA) board member and Lucky Dog Retreat owner, was in a serious motor vehicle accident. One of her 2 dogs, Abbey, disappeared from the accident scene and was missing for 12 days during a time when the average temperature was 8 degrees. The good news is that Abbey was found and Robin is healing. The pain and distress of not knowing Abbey's whereabouts and fear of her demise were perhaps as great as Robin's physical pain from a fractured cervical vertebrae and facial bones.

This event inspired dozens of people who went the "extra mile" in their efforts to search for Abbey, driving to the local shelters, trudging in the woods day and night and searching the highways and ditches. Helping a friend looking for a lost pet should generate the best in any of us.

Move to ACT is listed under "Humane Societies" in the yellow pages. Consequently, we receive numerous calls from people reporting a lost dog, asking how to go about searching for their lost dog, and reporting on their experience of looking for their missing pets.

Have you ever lost a pet? What kind of reception will you experience if you visit your local animal sheltering agencies looking for a lost animal? Will the staff go that "extra mile" to help you be assured your dog is not behind their closed doors? Read on to find out more.
Searching for a lost pet - what do you do first? Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.
Q. What is the first recommendation in searching for a lost dog?

A. Check local shelters and humane societies. (See I've Lost my Pet! What Do I Do?)

You MUST go in person (shelters have far too many animals to identify by telephone description, and every year, shelters accidentally euthanize lost animals after the owner called and identified the animal and the description didn't ring any bells with shelter staff, who were caring for hundreds of other animals). Even pets with microchips and tags can accidentally be euthanized in busy shelters. DO NOT rely on someone on the phone saying your pet is not there!

Likewise, DO NOT rely on someone at the shelter telling you your pet is not there. A sad story is reported here: http://

Move to ACT asked the leaders of three local sheltering agencies — Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (ACC), The Humane Society of Indianapolis (HSI), and The Humane Society of Hamilton County (HSHC) — how they treat citizens who come to the agency looking for their lost dog.
Click here to view their answers

What do the experts say about allowing the public into the kennels to look for their lost dog?
According to national expert and Shelter Planners of America founder Bill Meade, "Closing stray kennels to the general public reduces adoptions, increases killing."

It is common for some shelters to maintain stray kennels which the public is not allowed to enter, unless they say they have lost a specific type of animal.

This is done because of concern that people may claim animals who are not theirs; because the staff may be burdened with having to explain that certain animals are not ready for adoption; because explaining why an animal must be euthanized may be awkward; to protect the public from bites; and to reduce the spread of disease by keeping people from touching animals.

However, when an animal shelter prevents stray animals from being seen — and touched — by the public, the shelter reduces the number of interactions that may lead to the animals being adopted. Failing to give each animal maximum exposure to the adopting public can lead to avoidable killing.

Often, when members of the public look at stray animals, they identify the missing pets of neighbors or friends, and are able to effect a reunion. Eliminating that possibility also may lead to avoidable killing.

Sometimes a person seeking a lost animal will enter a shelter and, without stopping at the front desk, walk through the accessible kennels, unaware that the strays are isolated out of view. These people leave, mistakenly thinking their animals are not in the shelter. Again, animals may be killed as a result.

What shelter animals need most, and the public wants most, is the opportunity to interact, so that visitors can fall in love with a new pet. The animals benefit from receiving attention, kind words, and a caring touch.

The entire article can be viewed at the link below.

Can you imagine your feelings if you were denied the chance to view the kennels where your dog could be hidden from view, only later to learn your dog had been destroyed as you were turned away outside?

The entire article can be viewed here

Move to Act Blog
Watch your email and the website for our upcoming BLOG! The blog will be a place to not only review the latest in animal welfare - but give you a chance to comment and hear what others think.

Puppy stabbing lowlife:
Animal abuse and people abuse go hand in hand.
Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.People who commit violence against animals are five times more likely to commit violence against people, according to a 1997 study by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Animal abuse and abuse to humans go hand in hand. Where there is a neglected child, there will often be a neglected animal. Someone who commits an act of violence against an animal is very likely commit an act of violence against a person as well. For the welfare of our community as well as the welfare of our pets, it’s vitally important to make this fact known.

A good example is John Wayne Hornaday, the man accused of stabbing a pit bull puppy in Johnson County and leaving her for dead behind a dumpster. After stabbing the puppy, he allegedly put the same knife to the throat of his wife and allegedly threatened to kill her and their infant child if she ever spoke of the dog stabbing.

How you can help

John Wayne Hornaday will be appearing in a Marion County court on Wednesday, March 14, for a pre-trial hearing. Court convenes at 9 a.m. Please help by moving to ACT and making the statement by your presence in the courtroom that animal abuse is closely linked with domestic abuse and neither will be tolerated in our city.

Who: John Wayne Hornaday & family
What: Appearing in court for pre-trial hearing
When: Wednesday, March 14, 9 a.m.
Where: City/County Bldg, Indianapolis, Court 22
Why: Show the court that we know and care about the link between animal abuse and domestic violence.

If you do plan on attending, please keep checking the Indy Pit Crew website at Indy Pit Crew or Casa Del Toro Casa del Toro for updates on court dates and times. Court schedules change often and updates will be provided as they become known. Thanks to Indy Pit Crew for keeping us informed.
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