“We cleared the shelter!” Animal control shelters in Chicago, Riverside County (CA), Rochester, Allen County (IN), and Ionia County (MI) are empty for the first time ever. A shelter in Denver has a waiting list of 2,000 people wanting to foster. Horses are still dying at Santa Anita even though the track is temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Dog racing tracks are closing permanently ahead of schedule. China begins the process of ending the eating of dogs. Maddie’s Fund is fearmongering about pets and COVID-19. 154 years ago this week, the nation’s first SPCA was founded. And finally, the Australian state of Victoria has banned landlords from discriminating against people with animal companions; the U.S. should do the same.
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Across the country, progressive shelters are embracing ingenuity, a “can do” attitude, and technology to save the animals, while also protecting the public and shelter workers during the pandemic. For example:
- “Chicago shelter is out of dogs for the first time ever”.
- “We cleared the shelter!” The shelter in Riverside Co. CA “found homes for all of its animals“.
- Denver shelter has “a waiting list of 2,000 people wanting to foster”.
- Rochester, NY, sees area shelters “empty as pet adoptions increase during COVID-19”.
- The Allen County, IN, shelter “adopted or fostered-out every cat and dog“.
- The Ionia County Animal Shelter in MI, is also empty.
In other related news:
- Although the track is closed due to the pandemic, horses are still being forced to train at Santa Anita and are dying. The latest died of what was termed a “cardiac event.” Smiling Ali was only 2-years old.
- Florida voters banned dog racing and 2018 and gave tracks two years to close. The pandemic is forcing them to close permanently even earlier.
- A light at the end of a long, dark tunnel for dogs in China as a result of the pandemic. “Under new rules which will come into effect May 1, the government said it will be illegal to eat animals raised as pets“.
- Maddie’s Fund is fearmongering about pets and COVID-19. We need to stop looking to them for guidance and instead look to the evidence. And the evidence shows that they do not pose a threat to people.
In other news, 154 years ago this week, the nation’s first SPCA was founded by Henry Bergh, effectively launching the humane movement in North America.
And finally, the Australian state of Victoria has banned landlords from discriminating against people with animal companions. Under the new legislation, people have a right to live with an animal and landlords must file a petition in a local tribunal to deny consent. The United States should do the same. Doing wo would provide homes for almost nine million more animals (roughly six years worth of killing in U.S. pounds).
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