By: Sarah Snyder
It's a harsh reality. Over the past year, thousands of stray animals have been put to sleep in Midland. On Tuesday night, the Midland Humane Coalition and Animal Services came together for a meeting. Their goal is to create a no kill shelter in Midland.
Before a no kill shelter can become a reality in Midland, everyone has to be on the same page. From Midland Animal Services to veterinarians. - the idea is to form a board to promote adoption. But with so many ideas on how to make it happen, the goal may be a long way off.
"Animal Control have these rules, Midland SPCA have these rules, Animal Outreach, all of us have different ideas," Midland SPCA Director, Karen Junker, said. "In order for us to all come together and form this coalition, that the Animal Control wants we're going to have to settle some differences."
One of the biggest differences are the types of animals they allow to go up for adoption. Some shelters won't even considering adopting out a pit bull or rotweiler.
But adopting out the animals that come into Animal Control isn't easy. During the past year, they euthanized over 4,000 stray animals. Those officers say they're so busy dealing with rabies and code enforcement, they don't have the time needed to help animals find a new home and by building a new shelter, they hope to change that.
"You know, 85% of their dogs are being euthanized," Lisa Doeling who supports the coalition, said. "They're not adopting out that many from the dog pound. It's sad. We need the education to get people to neuter and spay."
These groups are hoping to get what's called "Maddie's Fund," a grant that goes out to communities who are working together to stop euthanasia.
"The whole main idea would be great if everyone could get along and there's zero euthanasia rate and everyone's getting adopted - that would be absolutely wonderful," Junker said. "We all have the same idea in general. I don't know what the outcome is going to be. There will definitely be more talking about it."
At Tuesday night's meeting, Animal Services said the key to making this work are volunteers - people who can serve as foster homes, take pictures of adoptable pets, and even stop by just to play and walk the dogs. Animal Services has proposed using the land next door to build the no-kill shelter. They're asking for people who are interested to volunteer and even petition the city council.