You want me to clean what?
Today I received an email from a dedicated PACC volunteer who was furious about the following email: (names removed)
“Sent: Saturday, November 30, 2013 8:42 AM
Subject: Emergency Help!
Unfortunately the inmates did not come to the shelter again today, so we need some emergency help cleaning the kennels. If your not busy I would really appreciate if you head down to PACC and help us clean. That way when the shelter opens, everything is looking good, thank you so much for your dedication!
Pima Animal Care Center”
The volunteer was furious but prefaces the fury that the volunteer coordinator or the regular staff are not blame. However, according to the volunteer, this is the second time the cleanup request has happened recently.
Department of Correction (DOC) & PACC are supposed to have a contract where a certain number of inmates are to be available every day (approx. 12-14). Many times fewer inmates arrive than are supposed to be there. A few months ago, an inmate hung himself and an inmate supervisor was supposed to be hired to oversee the inmates.
This volunteer feels badly about the situation and doesn’t want to let the animals down but on the other hand thinks it extremely unfair to ask volunteers to drop everything and come clean the kennels, etc.
PACC is not an easy place to volunteer and there seems to be a big core group of truly dedicated volunteers who put their heart and soul into saving the animals.
Do they have to clean the kennels too?
Who enforces the contract? Who oversees the responsibility?
Note, the volunteer coordinator says “…did not come to the shelter again today…” What oversight if any was put it place after the first time the inmates failed to show?
Who’s in charge?
Yesterday I wrote about 5 dogs at PACC that were going to be killed because they had Giardia and PACC is not treating Giardia. Rusty who is pictured above is still available. Let’s get that good boy (1 year old neutered heeler mix) adopted or into a foster home! Four of the dogs, the pups, were rescued. Thank you! Mica, Roquina, and Jerry went to Give a Dog a Bone Rescue and Mickey went to Arizona Border Collie Rescue .
Please check out these rescue groups and consider making a donation to care for the Giardia dogs that were saved instead of killed.