On February 3, 2010, a foster parent was at BARC and offered to foster a 7 year old, owner surrendered, heartworm negative Chihuahua mix. The employees at the front desk told this foster parent that she could NOT foster this dog because the dog was not sick and was not young enough. The foster brought up the fact that this was a Senior pet (and therefore less likely to be adopted in a shelter like BARC), but this did not matter. According to the employees, this is a new policy that has just gone into effect. The foster wanted to question further but was afraid of making someone at BARC mad and therefore subsequently be banned (volunteers have recently been banned http://rev.ms/472 ).
It has been confirmed with BARC management that the new policy states that only dogs under 5 months, and those with injuries and illness are available to foster. BARC is killing 1,500-1,600 pets every month. So, to say no to any person willing to take ANY animal, young or old, out of BARC into foster care is an absolute and utter absurdity!
The employee said that the policy was put in place “to get some controls in place around the policy.” This statement doesn’t even make sense. And are these so called “controls” really worth the lost lives of the hundreds of dogs entering BARC that do NOT fall under the above 2 categories? In fact, I would submit that MOST of the dogs entering BARC do NOT fall under these 2 categories.
This was a missed opportunity to get one more animal out of a HIGH KILLL shelter. And this was an older animal that is less likely to get adopted. So when shelters tell us that they “must” kill thousands of animals because there just “aren’t enough homes”, or that older animals “just don’t get adopted”, remember this story. This is an example of what happens every single day in shelters and THIS is the reason that shelters, like BARC, still kill animals.
It’s time to stop blaming the community. The community is stepping up, but BARC is turning them away.