Please join our letter writing campaign. Faxes and snail mail letters are preferable as they are more effective.
No matter where you live, you can make your concerns about Memphis Animal Services known to the following individuals:
Mayor Wharton, mailing address: Office of the Mayor, 125 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Fax: (901) 576-6200
Phone: (901) 576-6000
Post comments on his Facebook page.
Janet Hooks, Director, Public Services and Neighborhoods, mailing address: 125 North Main, Ste. 200, Memphis, Tn 38103
Phone: (901) 636-6564
LaSonya Hall, Deputy Director, Public Services and Neighborhoods, mailing address: 125 North Main, Ste. 200, Memphis, Tn 38103
Phone: (901) 636-6564
James Rogers, Interim Director, Memphis Animal Services, mailing address: 2350 Appling City Cove Memphis, TN 38133
Phone: (901) 636-1416
Mailing address: 125 North Main Street, Room 514, Memphis, TN 38103
Fax: (901) 576-6796
Phone: (901) 576-6786
Individual e-mail addresses:
Berlin Boyd Berlin.Boyd@memphistn.gov
Bill Boyd Bill.Boyd@memphistn.gov
Bill Morrison email@example.com
Myron Lowery Myron.Lowery@memphistn.gov
Janis Fullilove firstname.lastname@example.org
Harold Collins email@example.com
Wanda Halbert firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Brown Joe.Brown@memphistn.gov
Shea Flinn email@example.com
Kemp Conrad Kemp.Conrad@memphistn.gov
Edmund Ford Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Reid Hedgepeth email@example.com
Jim Strickland Jim.Strickland@memphistn.gov
MAS Advisory Board Members:
Stephen Towers, mailing address: Memphis Animal Clinic, 733 East Parkway South, Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Fax : (901) 272-1815
Phone : (901) 272-7411
Jennifer Clay, mailing address: Utopia Animal Hospital, 1157 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Fax: (901) 746-8757
Phone: (901) 746-8758
A copy/paste collection of all the e-mail addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, MASBoard@memphistn.gov, Berlin.Boyd@memphistn.gov, Bill.Boyd@memphistn.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, Myron.Lowery@memphistn.gov, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Joe.Brown@memphistn.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, Kemp.Conrad@memphistn.gov, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jim.Strickland@memphistn.gov, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep your letters succinct and respectful. Request the courtesy of a reply. Let the city leaders know that people from all over are condemning what is going on at MAS and refuse to spend their vacation dollars in a city which tries to sweep cruelty under the rug. Remind them there is a viable alternative: make Memphis a no kill community. Include a link to this primer on no kill.
Please use your voice to speak for all the pets at MAS – living and dead. If you’ve already written – thank you. If you have more to say to city leaders – write again. Let them know we are still watching and still horrified. Share this info with the many caring pet owners you know so that they can write letters too. If you need bullet points for possible items to include in a letter, here you go:
Summary of Concerns at Memphis Animal Services
- The killing of pets who are not medically hopeless and suffering nor have they been declared a danger to society by a qualified party.
- The killing of pets when there are empty cages at the shelter.
- The killing of pets who have never been made available to the public for adoption, rescue or foster.
- The killing of pets due to disease outbreak without ever making a public plea for help with quarantine to save lives.
- Failure of the shelter to vaccinate all pets prior to or immediately upon impound as per standard disease prevention protocol.
- Failure of the shelter to allow anyone outside of the small “Friends” group to walk dogs.
- Failure of the shelter to fully utilize its Chameleon software to interface with PetHarbor so that every pet is viewable online by the public.
- Failure of the shelter to properly train and/or enforce humane handling of pets by the staff.
- Failure of the shelter to implement a TNR program so that the number of feral cats in the community can be reduced over time.
- Failure of the shelter to keep cats separated from the sight, sound and smell of dogs in order to reduce stress and make the population less susceptible to disease.
- Failure of the shelter to provide daily aerobic exercise for dogs for social stimulation and in order to reduce stress and make the population less susceptible to disease.
- The removal of the webcams from MAS which were installed – and are still needed – for the protection of the pets being abused and killed at the facility.
Change begins with one person. Be that person for the pets suffering at MAS.
But wait – there’s more!
- The next public meeting of the shelter advisory board is September 12. If you are in Memphis, please attend.
- There are a couple of petitions out there for folks to sign: Bring the webcams back to the Memphis pound and Stop the abuse at the Memphis Animal “Shelter”
- Light a virtual candle for all the pets, living and dead, at MAS.
Here are links to older posts containing screenshots taken from the webcams at the shelter. Please keep in mind that these are just snapshots and may not tell the whole story of what is going on at any particular time:
April 26, 2011 (part 2)
April 23, 2011 (part 2)
April 16, 2011 (part 3)
April 16, 2011 (part 2)
April 10, 2011 (part 2)
April 9, 2011 (part 2)