A "no-kill" expert tries to save the city's animal control contractor from its own worst mistakes.
I’m not a big fan of publishing percentages and I have talked about this to the city. They have some disagreements--they probably would like to continue to see us publishing percentages, but I actually like to publish actual numbers. If people want to figure out their percentages, people can do that. Now the city might want to require us to publish something different—that hasn’t been decided yet—but in my opinion, everyone can write their own definition to a certain extent of save rate and live release rate, but what really matters most is how many animals have come in the door, how many animals have died, and how many are left alive. And in that number that’s left alive, are your adopters and rescue partners happy with what has happened in the transaction? Those are the numbers I care about.
I’m a big fan of raw data and you’ll probably not necessarily hear me talking too much in percentages in the future and a little bit more with raw numbers.
There’s been talk of a citizen board for quite some time. Do you anticipate that being a priority in the new contract?
They actually already created it prior to my getting there—
I heard that, yet it’s impossible to find any information on it—
Well I went to a meeting of theirs, which wasn’t their first meeting but it was my first meeting on the first day I was there, and I was completely exhausted so I don’t know if I made any sense to them. But one of the things they did talk about was right now, they’re working very closely with thePSPCA board of directors, which I thought was great for them—just to get started. But I told them I’d really like to see them move to be more of an independent community type of board. But I literally have not had any time to work on that right now.
But yes, I perceive them as being a little bit more community-based. I see them as being independent, as opposed to being a part of thePSPCA . And that will be kind of their ball to run once I help them with maybe changing their mission a little bit. Right now I think there are many concerned individuals who have been worried about things and how they were going who are on that board, and I really hope that as we’re able to make changes that their concerns over the day-to-day stuff is gong to be able to drop back and, you know, they’re not going to be the ones planning adoption events, that’s up to thePSPCA to take the lead on that. And then the community board can talk about broader issues within the community.
If there is a problem, it would be the watchdog group that would see that, but I really see that some of these issues are going to be cleared up.
Since last year, the PSPCA has been working with the city to set up, and transfer animal-control duties to, a new city-related nonprofit called the Animal Care & Control Team (ACCT Philly). ACCT Philly formally takes over the contract and the city-owned animal shelter on April 1.
Philadelphia's turned yet another page in our gruesome ongoing struggle for humane animal control. Late Monday, the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) lost the contract for anim...
Insiders say Philadelphia shelter conditions have gotten so bad that animals need to be saved from the very place they go for protection. UPDATE: Councilman Jack Kelly's speech citing PW's cover story.
Two weeks away from a City Hall investigational hearing called by Philadelphia City Councilman Jack Kelly to drill into the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA)’s mismanagement of Philly’s animal control contract, the PSCPA is coming clean on euthanasia and save rate statistics.
An activist wants to know what is wrong with Philadelphia animal control.
Despite Tara Murtha’s assertions to the contrary, Philadelphia’s animals are in good hands at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA), the city’s contracted agency to provide animal control services. Contrary to allegations that the facility is “crumbling,” immediately upon taking over the shelter on Jan. 1, 2009, the PSPCA initiated a massive cleanup of the building that included upgrading of the air-handling system, replacement of ceiling tiles, roof repairs and cleaning and fresh painting of surfaces throughout the building. Animals at the PSPCA facility are well cared for; relations with foster care agencies are strong,...
The Michael Vick signing has stirred outrage among animal-loving Eagles fans. But this city is already one of the worst in the nation for homeless animals. Will Philadelphians put their money where their mouse is?
Philadelphia’s animal advocates have been meeting once a month since last fall, obstensibly to try to fix an animal control plan that’s been unraveling at the seams. Despite the crisis, the direction is still unclear.
PSPCA plans to pack the dogs into crates and stack them in "temporary emergency housing in the garages at the Erie Ave. facility," according to an email sent from PSPCA to their network of volunteers and rescues.
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