Nowhere does misinformation travel faster - or with such ferocity - as the critter-loving community, and this merger is no exception. Talk about "no good deed goes unpunished!''
Someone, for reasons I can't begin to understand, started promulgating the notion that some of the Pet Rescue animals would be killed during the transaction. This is WRONG. I'm very close to Roye Levin, the founder of Adopt-a-Pet, who went onto the Humane Society board after merging his beloved organization with the larger one, and there is MINUS ZERO chance he would be involved with any group that euthanizes.
So here's the real deal:
The Non-Controversial Merger Between Pet
Rescue and the Humane Society of Greater
It is unfortunate that in a difficult economy many people are losing their homes, their jobs and their businesses. It is just as unfortunate, if not more so, when a non-profit animal welfare organization faces an impending bankruptcy. But what is most unfortunate is when one not-for-profit organization saves another not-for-profit organization from bankruptcy only to face slanderous and untrue accusations.
Society of Greater
the Humane Society of Greater Miami has been helping the homeless and abandoned
But for the past seven years, since 2002, our philosophy changed to a limited admit, adoption guarantee philosophy which states that every animal is safe from the threat of euthanasia for as long as it takes to find them a loving home. Our shelter is state-of-the-art and our policies, procedures, programs and services reinforce, every day, the extent that we go for all animals in our care. Not one of the 250 animals that are in our shelter on any given day are under any threat of euthanasia, whether sick, disabled or hurt. The ONLY time euthanasia is performed is when an animal is suffering so much that it is the only humane solution.
This mantra is the heart of the Humane Society of Greater Miami and resonates with every animal it cares for currently and any animal coming under its care in the future, including every Pet Rescue animal. Any person making accusations that we will not uphold our philosophy for the Pet Rescue animals is guilty of slander and should be ashamed of spreading such lies.
Why would anyone say things that aren’t true or not believe the words of a highly regarded organization such as ours? We don’t know. Our reputation precedes us. In 2004 when Adopt-A-Pet merged with the Humane Society of Greater Miami, not one animal was euthanized. There were animals then, just as there are animals at Pet Rescue that do belong in a sanctuary environment. We committed back then and we commit today to finding the right sanctuary for any animal that is deemed unadoptable.
Society of Greater Miami is dedicated to placing every dog and cat in our care
into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter
programs. We welcome anyone to come and tour our shelter, ask us questions and
see for themselves the type of organization we run and the care we provide our
animals. Listen and ask before you speak!
Signed: Rob Hudson, chairman of the Board of Directors, Humane Society of Greater Miami, and Emily Marquez, Executive Director.