Letter — Shelter is community’s responsibility
February 14, 2003
I can no longer read the hateful letters concerning the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and stay silent. This is a time when our community/world needs as much as ever facts, compassion for one another, calm deliberations and ethical decisions. Personal attacks, misinformation and slander are destructive, not constructive, to all of us. As former Humane Educator and co-worker with Dawn Armstrong and all the other wonderful people on the board and staff, I have some questions for this community.
Did you help or volunteer for the Humane Society? Have you called Dawn or staff to ask questions for firsthand information rather than accept accusations by others? Have you offered to serve on the board? Have you done any fund-raising or grant writing for the Humane Society? Do you understand the dos and don’ts of a non-profit status? Are you familiar with the issues of pet overpopulation, neglect and abuse in our community?
Do you have creative ideas on how to keep the shelter open, offer a low-cost spay and neuter program, facilitate quality humane education programs, screen for healthy adoptions and responsible pet ownership, and do rehabilitation for sick and abused animals while keeping up with national and international issues concerning all the above?
These are difficult times for us all. Individuals and groups are being challenged to handle stress, fear and frustration without choosing a scapegoat. Can this community step up to the challenge with respect, honesty, caring and responsibility? I hope so. the Humane Society belongs to us all and is indicative of who we are as a community. The Humane Society still exists, but will have to concentrate its efforts on education and population control, and still needs lots of assistance. How can you HELP?
South Lake Tahoe
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