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September 20, 2013

An Open Invite

The welfare of the animals housed at the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection continues to be of great concern in our community. Despite the addition of the new Executive Director David Flager, added staff, a veterinarian, increased salaries and decreased intake numbers, more animals are being killed.

In the past, Angels of Assisi has
been there to help, 
with box trucks to save animals on euthanasia day, with free medical care, with innovative foster programs, with invitations to every one of our functions, and with full support for the RCACP staff and volunteers.

During a prolonged transition period over the summer, we paid for an Angels of Assisi staff member to facilitate adoptions in the RCACP building, even though David Flager stated he did not want to waste our time with his estimation of 20 adoptions  per week. We thought 20 lives saved was worthwhile. In fact, it was more than that; it was productive and fun. Our efforts were put into increasing awareness of the wonderful animals available at RCACP, and it made a difference.

While this was happening, we continued to transfer animals from RCACP to Angels of Assisi. We continued to have concerns over medical care. Mr. Flagler's response to one such concern was that "lack of records do not reflect a lack of care," even though this practice is a contradiction of standards of care in the medical and veterinary fields.



Another medical concern was brought to his attention the day before he abruptly emailed me with the good news that RCACP was ready to start adoptions on September 2, a full month ahead of the anticipated launch date. I was told of our last day before the RCACP's own rescue coordinator was.

Angels of Assisi did not quit going to RCACP to facilitate adoptions, we were asked to leave.  No one asked for any advice or collaboration with running pound adoptions. Mr. Flagler stated in a recent news piece that RCACP was modeling their adoption program after ours. While we are honored that he wants to copy our program, the practices and protocols he has established are far from ours.  Having no other option, we honored his request and left his building on August 31.

To put things in perspective:

The RCACP has a bigger budget than Angels of Assisi.  This budget is paid for with your tax money. 
They have a bigger and newer facility than Angels of Assisi. It is a facility that we should all be able to be proud of.

 
They have added staff, to include a veterinarian and a licensed vet tech. 

They have the ability to develop a foster program, yet they have chosen not to.

They have the ability to send out press releases, yet they haven't.

They have the ability to learn from other communities who are already doing the programs that save lives. They have reached out to no one. 


 
They have the easiest thing in the world to market- dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. Yet, more of them are being killed, and the anger and frustration of this is being directed at Angels of Assisi. We are still helping; I promise you, every one of our 31 staff members and many volunteers are helping. We are just helping in different ways rather than sending the box truck over for a quick fix on euthanasia day.

Since there seems to be so many questions, let's talk about it. I will be at Angels of Assisi on Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 pm. I will have the emails from David Flager, records we requested under FOIA, and the communications from our municipal leaders.


 
You are welcome to take a tour of Angels of Assisi, and ask me any question that you have.

You may want to invite your city and county leaders:

Kguzi@BOTETOURTVA.US
chris.morrill@roanokeva.gov
CGOODMAN@roanokecountyva.gov
clawrence@vintonva.gov
Chris.Perkins@roanokeva.gov


You may want to invite David Flagler, Trish Deaton, and Libby Carden from RCACP:

 
dflagler@rcacp.org
TDeaton@rcacp.org
ecarden@rcacp.org
 
Angels of Assisi wants the RCACP to succeed, and we want to clarify any questions on how we are helping the animals in our community, Hope to see you all on Sunday-


Lisa O'Neill

Director
 

2 comments:

  1. You're doing a fantastic job, Lisa. I so admire the way you're handling things.

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  2. Is the media going to be there?

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