I just came back from this meeting . I went their to offer a olive branch one more time to EARS. Their has a been bad blood between EARS & Puffy Paws for years. Through no fault of our own.
Today I want to start a new beginning with the new Board members.
My first concern is that we should work together in scheduling our adoption even...ts on different weekends,as to give all our cats a fair chance of being adopted out. Also teaming up on certain adoption events together.
The second item of concern that was addressed . All the rescue groups that
had or has bad blood with EARS and who would like to start anew and put this stupid infighting aside, it was decided we should have a monthly meeting with all the groups together.
For the record. Our euthanasia policy came up in the meeting.
We are a Cat Hospice - We have many sick cats and we provide the care they need until their quality of life comes to an end.
Loving Care Animal Hospital does our euthanasia for $22 dollars each.
The kitties are cremated and there ashes are scatted in the Gulf of Mexico ,when we use Loving Care.
Lets squash this rumor right now that came up:
" The AWL does not kill our cats. We do not need a team of 3 people to tell us when a kitty needs to be euthanize."
Facts - The Animal Welfare League provides a free service to Puffy Paws. They know funds can be tight and a kitty that needs some help to go over the rainbow bridge, we can not wait until we raise the funds needed to for euthanasia.
For this service we are grateful.
Chrissy and I have been rescuing and taking care of kitties since 1996.
We know when it is time for a kitty that needs a little help to cross the rainbow bridge.
We do not need a team of 3 people to tell us when a kitty needs to be euthanize.
At that point if we do not euthanize because of only pain and suffering ,it will be animal cruelty.
So once again Puffy Paws Kitty Haven Is A Common Senses No - Kill
Here at Puffy Paws Kitty Haven we do not put down any animals for behavior problems, space or adopt-ability issues. Yet Puffy Paws Kitty Haven never has and never will let any kitty suffer with any medical condition that only allows pain & suffering and no chance of survival.
You will always know when we have to euthanize a kitty because we will always publish that fact here on facebook, when we have to make that fateful decision.
Lets see what happens......with today's meeting.
Is it going to be the same old -same old or are things really going to change.
Only time will tell.......
For the Background information on this groundbreaking development
Please read the following article.
As Published In The Englewood Edge:
The troubled Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, pronounced dead by its own board directors, may be ready to show just what “no kill” means.
A new board of directors comprising EARS volunteers will try to resuscitate the shelterless shelter that has a strict no-kill policy and accepts both cats and dogs.
After the former board announced plans to shut down EARS once and for all, the volunteers drew up a business plan and budget showing that, if reorganized, streamlined and reenergized, the organization will be successful. The plan was presented to the board, which told volunteers that if they felt certain about EARS’ future, the board would not stand in the way of the volunteers reconstituting the board and taking over management.
The new board members are Deva Ballantyne, Petra Kurpeski, Bobbi Austin, SusanReilly and Sarah Katz.
An open meeting will be held at 10 a.m.Wednesday, March 16, at the EARS facility, 145 W. Dearborn St., to discuss how EARS will move forward and to get public input. The meeting is open to the public.
EARS has called itself a sanctuary since it was founded several years ago by Peggy Hauptman, who visualized a sanctuary based on the Best Friends model in Kanab, Utah. Animals would live communally, without cages, in a care-for-life setting. But EARS has been a sanctuary in name only. The group has never had a building despite raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and owning land in two counties at different times.
EARS intended to build on a 10-acre parcel off Artists Avenue, but the residential neighborhood proved unwelcoming. EARS sold the property and bought a 25-acre parcel in rural DeSoto County with the intention of building its sanctuary there. The group held major fundraisers and developed a high profile.
But the organization ran into problems. Allegations that all was not right with the non-profit group’s finances began to percolate. And, when the group prepared to go before the DeSoto County Commission for a special exemption permit to build its shelter, those allegations bubbled to the surface raising questions as to why , from 2003 to 2006, only about $2,100 of the approximately $310,000 taken in went directly to animal care, according to an analysis of EARS’ tax returns for the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners prepared by DeSoto County Administrative Services Director Jan Brewer.
That was in 2008. In spring 2009, EARS fired its executive director and hired Dee Ann Roberts, who ran the organization until its recent decision to fold. Roberts spoke continually about the damage done in the fundraising arena by previous directors, tainting the group’s name.
Now a new group will attempt to revive EARS and continue its mission of providing shelter and finding homes for animals that might otherwise by put down.