By John Peters
December 14, 2013
In what seems to be a familiar — almost monthly — little dance, Mayberry 4 Paws has gotten copies of the latest kill report from the Surry County Animal Shelter, a report that shows that entering that shelter is a virtual death sentence for any animal.
Officials with Mayberry 4 Paws has, as is now custom, signaled its outrage at the numbers and those working at the shelter have shown their general disdain and disregard for the group, the public at large, and most notably the animals entering the shelter.
There is something wrong at the shelter, there’s no question about that. No one from the organization will speak to the media, instead hiding behind a county public relations person, and the organization won’t even willingly give out statistics on the number of animals going in and being killed — Mayberry 4 Paws has to file a formal Freedom of Information Act to get anything from the county regarding the shelter.
At the same time, Mayberry 4 Paws seems to be focused nearly as much on going through the same steps and then complaining that nothing is getting done, rather than focused on making substantive change at the shelter.
Why do we say this?
Because the group has been going through the same exercise month after month, upset — and rightfully so — that the shelter seems satisfied to put the animals to death, but not really taking any action to force some sort of resolution.
The latest back-and-forth between the shelter and Mayberry 4 Paws is a claim from the county that Mayberry has not completed proper paperwork to be an approved adoption agency that can take some of the animals. Mayberry 4 Paws officials say they have done all the county shelter has requested.
The county commissioners have, in the past, shown a willingness to make changes at the shelter, to work with groups that can help adopt these animals out. Yet it seems the shelter officials work harder at finding ways to avoid working with other groups than they do at accepting that help. Quite frankly, we get the feeling they wish the public would just go away and let them do their work in private.
We would think if Mayberry 4 Paws truly wanted to change the practice there, and was upset with the shelter workers for not carrying out the county’s wishes, someone from the non-profit organization would take it back to the board and for the commissioners to become involved once again.
Then, and only then, might change take place.