Submitted by Terri Goddard, November 21, 2013
This afternoon I sent an email to PACC requesting that they treat Ryu (a dog that had been adopted but returned to PACC) as they had started to treat Peta and had also taken care of Max this past week (dogs on the adoption line). All of these injuries were puncture wounds. Two of the puncture wounds had occurred at PACC when fights broke out and one was a dog that was adopted from PACC and returned with the wounds on her neck. I was hoping PACC would agree that treating minor puncture wounds was a positive step to take. It also put less reliance on rescue groups to have to scurry to find foster homes for dogs, and with simple care by the staff and medication at the shelter, could be taken care of within PACC.
Tonight I received a call from Michelle who is an active volunteer. She told me that after careful consideration they all agreed that at this time PACC cannot treat wounds like Ryu has and they will only commit to the ones they agreed to treat; but after today, they will no longer do so. The reason is – the clinic is very short staffed and cannot handle extra care right now. Maybe when they get another vet and more staff in the clinic they would be able to take this on.
I see this as one more step in trying to appease the vet and as always screwing the dogs and cats at PACC! One step forward, and as always so many more steps backwards… Relying on rescues to take on cases that PACC could easily handle!
I told Michelle that in all clear conscience if they cannot treat something as simple as this could they have a clear conscience putting down these dogs if they can’t be rescued? Perhaps they just don’t care anymore. It just is so disappointing to stand by a shelter for so long to finally see some real progress being made and then to make a decision to halt the treatment of something as simple as “puncture wounds.”
Maybe this is a lesson they are trying to teach me. Maybe they are saying back off Terri Goddard we are going to still do things our way and if you suggest anything that our shelter staff or our vet doesn’t agree with we will just make sure the animals suffer. We will put down dogs and cats for simple things that we could have fixed and healed!
Tonight was a slap in the face!
For the first time in a long time I truly feel like I will just throw in the towel. I was so shocked by such a poor decision by the whole shelter. I know for the first time I can say that my respect for PACC dropped tonight. That they don’t understand “teaming up with rescues.” That they don’t want to not only help the animals at PACC but they will strive to LEAN on volunteers and rescues to take care of their lack of caring, to take care of their dirty work.
This truly leaves such a bad taste in my mouth. What a shame for the animals at PACC…. another bad decision. Shame on you PACC. Shame on you all.
Terri Goddard volunteers for Tucson Cold Wet Noses and works tirelessly networking dogs and cats for transporting, foster care, rescue groups and adopters throughout Arizona and beyond. While Tucson Tails understands anger and burnout, I hopes that Terri does not throw in the towel where she is so dearly needed. Judging by the response to her opinion on Facebook, the majority of rescue people stand beside her.
(Photo: URGENT: JAKE In Kennel D080 – A461306 – UNALTERED MALE , GOLD LABRADOR RETR, 5 years old, URGENT tumors in ears causing obvious discomfort, needs out ASAP, has been at the kennel since 11/20/13)