Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Great Job, Washoe County, Nevada!

This is via Nathan Winograd, an ardent no-kill advocate. He conducted an interview with a shelter out in Nevada that has seven times the intake as New York City shelters. That is a lot, but it sounds worse than it is. The greatest intake is in places where they are no spay-neuter programs and where backyard breeding is rampant. I happen to know that little Abbeville, Louisiana (a parish of 13,000 people) took in 600 dogs one March alone. That's the place where I got Mr. Wiggins, in March of '10 (that same month). Dogs there have four days till they are gassed in a chamber that is old and barely works. Often they have to be gassed twice. Very sad. (Here's their link, BTW).

But this is a good story, and one that could only be told after lot of hard work and dedication. The shelter that deserves kudos is in Washoe County, Nevada, which includes the Reno area. Mitch Schneider heads up the shelter.
Our success is a result of a willingness to embrace continuous process improvement, which requires not fearing change. That, in turn, requires understanding that you can’t solve the problem with the same thinking that created the problem. You can’t get a different outcome if you keep doing the same thing.