LETTER: Shelter animals need advocates, not bickering

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | 3:49 p.m. CDT

I certainly hope that the judges from don't go to your Web site and read the horrible bantering between these three men in response to your article. How childish. What an amazing accomplishment thus far. Why would anyone start going on and on about how terrible our facility is? Isn't it obvious that the Central Missouri Humane Society needs a makeover?

It seems to me that these men have obviously disagreed on several matters, and this is just another one for them to listen to themselves speak. Why don't we try to "get along" and win this makeover for the Humane Society?

The animals need advocates, not bickering.


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Charles Dudley Jr March 22, 2009 | 2:51 p.m.

You obviously mistake bashing for real honest points of view. Look back through your employment records. I was a kennel worker employee at that facility in 2001 and as such I and a few others kept that upper kennel and the Animal Control side very clean all of the time. Linzie was the Manager at that time if you go back that far.

When I started working there as a "community service worker" the smell was so over powering then I about lost my lunch and as a "community service worker" I said that is enough of that.

I proceeded at that time utilizing the tools available along with the supervisor I was under to get that place to not stink.

I moved from being a "community service worker" to being asked to put in my application for a part time job shortly after that time.

Once I was hired in I and my supervisor I was under proceeded to do even more as we had time to do so with the hours given us daily which was only 4 hours a day and 6 days a week.

That outer perimeter fencing and runs you have behind the present shelter now I through a fence company I worked for helped secure the bid and construction for so you have that today.

You question my advocacy abilities on this issue? Maybe you should question your own ability with having over 30 employees and access to hundreds of community volunteers and the simple fact with all of that man/woman power you cannot keep one tiny facility clean enough on a daily basis.

If you,30 employees and hundreds of volunteers cannot even keep that facility clean I would hate to see what your own homes looks like.

I have the right to speak up as a past employee of that facility and it's present conditions whether you like that or not does not matter to me. I have put my own sweat into that facility too,obviously long before you were hired there.

Who are you once again?

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Ray Shapiro March 22, 2009 | 4:32 p.m.

Charles Dudley Jr.
Why can't we just all get along?
When it comes to winning a million dollars, it doesn't matter how the past $900,000 budget has been spent or how the agency and its volunteers are managed. All that matters is that some people are so in love with the idea of helping animals that they are oblivious to the possibility that they can be running the show better.
God forbid community members express their concerns or ideas for making the puppy/cat warehouse a more "humane" environment for all the workers and caged creatures.
If all my "bashing" saves just a few healthy critters from
death row, I've done my job, as an ADVOCATE.
I don't think that just because Columbia has a Humane Society in need of "mo money, mo money" that money will solve all their problems. How well have they been managing their crowded, cluttered, messy, smelly facility thus far?
Making room, by throwing away all of the unused clutter in your three large garage buildings might give you some much needed space.
Also, if you have too many piles of rags, cloths and blankets throughout the facility, get rid of some and figure out where and how to store them, out of site and out of the way. (Your place looks like a fire hazard and health hazard, to me.)
It irks me to learn that "lack of space" seems to be the reason why a one million dollar budget still isn't enough to prevent the killing of healthy young and older pets in transition. Considering that the city donates the use of this Big Bear property to CMHS, at no charge, and there's still unused lawn space and other "nooks and crannies" which have not been utilized, it seems that neglect or lack of creativity is more the reality.
Recently, I once again applied as a volunteer to help CMHS. Once again, upon my visit, the smell from the drainage channel, which runs throughout the facility, the socializing of young volunteers up-front, mixed breeds sharing the same cages, dogs barking at each other, sans blankets over their bars or soft music being played and other poor surroundings and supervision, made me decide to put my time to work elsewhere as an advocate for these animals under stress, rather than helping you with your status quo. (Geez, someone call the ASPCA!)
And heck, how many CMHS volunteers does it take to change a light bulb? The e-mail response I got from your shelter relations assistant, Halley, informed me that almost 150 people were invited to the most recent volunteer orientation.
Surely, a team that large can work miracles, if guided properly. (And their time and donated services are free!)

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