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March Newsletter March 2010
Area Rescue Groups Deserving of Support

Move to ACT is honored to introduce in our monthly newsletter a series on local heart and soul animal rescue groups who provide a vital safety net for companion animals waiting for their forever homes. If you are looking for an optional animal organization as a recipient for your time, talent and/or treasury, please remember these humble and caring organizations. And don't forget the wonderful animals they have for adoption!

Cats Haven

...is a 501c3 No Kill cat shelter in Indianapolis founded by Barb Wills. Many of their cats are "special needs."  All cats are s/n’d before they go home and no declawing is allowed. (mtA kudos for this policy). Adoption fees: adult cats - $30, kittens - $90. Follow-up calls are made to the new adopter.  100% of the adoption fee goes to care and treatment of the cats.  137 cats found homes in 2009. Wish list:  A garage by 2011, scoopable litter and canned food. Donations can be made through PayPal on the website or mailed to the address below:
Contact information:

Cats Haven
P.O Box 30206
Indianapolis, IN 46230
317-925-7001
Website: www.catshaven.org

Cats’ Meow
...is a private No Kill cat rescue in Zionsville, IN. founded by Suzanne deVaucenne. All cats are s/n’d before they go home. Adoption fee is $85. Follow-up calls are made to the new adopter. 100% of the adoption fee goes to the care and treatment of the cats. 17 cats found homes in 2009. Wish list: Knowledgable volunteers, Iams adult cat food, Fancy Feast canned food, toys. Donations can be mailed to the address below. Contact information:
Cats’ Meow
2802 Daugherty Dr.
Zionsville, IN 46077
Phone Number: 317-733-0470
Website: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/IN197.html

Jackson is Dead
Jackson, an eight year old Daschund was surrendered to Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IACC) after allegedly biting his owner when he was aroused from a sleep. The owner filed a bite report. Eight years old and now being surrendered? According to reports, IACC staff developed a special affection for this dog. Experienced dog people who visited Jackson had good feelings about him: "He wagged his tail and greeted me. I petted him on his head." "I went up to (him) and opened the kennel. He looked at me and said, 'Hi, buddy.'" A passionate rescuer asked permission to take him. An experienced behavior training program with multiple experienced trainers offered to facilitate giving this dog a chance. In reviewing the ordinances in section 531, there does not appear to be specific direction to destroy a dog that bit its owner when aroused from a sleep unless it is the discretion of the IACC administer. Jackson is dead. If Jackson was a tea-cup poodle and bit his owner who files a bite report and brings the dog to ACC, the sentence is death. End of discussion.

And what do we know about letting sleeping dogs lie? "Many dog bites to family members--especially children--occur when a sleeping dog is disturbed. And, sadly, dogs are even euthanized for biting when they have been awakened." Dennis Fetko, Ph.D.
A Dog, a Vet and Their Adventure
Stories of animal neglect and abuse abound. Often these stories have very poor outcomes. But good things do happen - because of the efforts of good people.

Take the story of Cricket and Dr. Ward. Cricket is a Dachshund that was found at the city dump with cording tied so tightly around her back feet that they were swollen three times their normal size. Thankfully, the people who found her were willing to rescue her from her plight. She was taken to IACC and transported to Allisonville Animal Hospital for medical treatment. Cricket was dehydrated and had infected feet with questionable circulation. Dr. Ward, the owner of the clinic, developed a special attachment to Cricket during her initial stay at the clinic. When it became apparent that Cricket's feet would have to be amputated, Dr. Ward made the commitment to perform the surgery and rehabilitate her. While Cricket was healing from her surgeries, Dr. Ward purchased a cart to help her rehabilitation. Cricket didn't really appreciate the cart (she kept walking out of it) so Dr. Ward is planning on purchasing prosthetic feet for her. At the current time, Cricket lives with Dr. Ward and his other Dachshunds and runs around with bandages on her rear legs. She is the happiest dog ever! Many thanks to Dr. Ward for taking the extra time and expense to give this individual dog a chance at survival and a loving home.
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Indianapolis Animal Care and Control
Intake is up, adoptions are down, transfers to rescues are down, and reports of dog bites are up. Oh, and 36 animals escaped. ACC administration questions the accuracy of all the numbers since it hasn’t been reviewed with staff on how to code "outcomes." View the February 12 ACC meeting.

There were headlines last week of 3 dog attacks and on Thursday, March 11, "...police responded to at least 7 complaints of vicious dogs. One of those dogs had to be shot." One of the reasons cited by city leaders for Doug Rae’s dismissal was that he didn't have enough animal control officers on the street. Five months after his dismissal still no more officers are on the street. Read more here.

On March 2, an RFQ "Request for Qualifications" for Veterinary Related Services and Spay/Neuter Surgeries for IACC was posted by the city. It calls for a pitiful 10 hours of veterinary presence at the shelter a week. For an agency that received 16,569 animals in 2009, this minimal veterinary attention to the animal population for which the city is responsible is painful. Add to this that $15,000 has been cut from the pre-existing veterinary budget and redirected to IndyFeral.

Marcie Short, DVM for 23 years and the mayoral appointee to the IACC board, submitted her resignation from the board to the mayor due to the inability to influence change at the agency. Dr Short was immediately replaced by Sara Rudwell, a veterinarian of less than a year who admitted she has not even been to the shelter. It is hoped that Dr. Rudwell can help the board advise Safety Director Straub on how the agency can combat the pool of multiple pathogens to which animals and staff are susceptible in a building with a substandard HVAC system and no on-site veterinary or infectious disease professional. One would hope that Dr. Rudwell advises Safety Director Straub that this many animals under the care of a city that strives to be "world class" deserve nothing less than a full time veterinarian. Not enough resources for veterinary care and/or officers? Perhaps reevaluate why ACC pays to the Building Authority an annual lease of $220K, recapture $15,000 of tax payers’ money going to a non profit and there just might be enough resources to provide adequate veterinary care.

Animals coming through the doors at ACC are predictably at high risk for disease and death. Administrator Teri Kendrick makes the plea for rescue groups to come take animals. If you are a member of a rescue group, especially a purebred rescue, and were at one time a "Rescue Partner" with ACC, be sure to check out this list to identify if your group is still listed. The original list of Rescue Partners somehow got misplaced so you may need to officially re-affiliate to qualify. Instructions for filing are at the bottom of the page. However, do not rely on the agency to notify you if the breed of your affection arrives. It is best that a representative or volunteer with your group visit ACC on a regular basis. It is hoped that at some time in the near future, the protocol for IACC will be: Golden comes in? – IACC contacts Golden Rescue. Saint Bernard comes in? – IACC contacts St. Bernard Rescue Foundation. Lab comes in? – IACC contacts ALL the lab rescues. Sheltie comes in? IACC contacts ALL the Sheltie rescues. MtA encourages IACC to NOT practice making medical decisions to justify killing an old, sick or injured animal without contacting the breed rescue first. People do not want animals killed when it is a matter of picking up the phone. MtA appreciates Ms Kendrick working toward correcting this essential component of the life-saving equation.

"Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people."
Spencer Johnson

The mission of Move to ACT is to heighten community awareness of animal welfare issues and to advocate for improved policies and practices. MtA seeks truth and responsibility and is guided by principles of respect, accountability and integrity.


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