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MHS CEO is a Thankless Job

June 10, 2014
Dr. Diane Shepherd, DVM - Kihei , Maui Weekly

I wish the new director of the Maui Humane Society well; it is a thankless job. As long as there are more animals than homes, the humane society is an easy target for those rightfully distressed about homeless animals. It is easier to blame a single organization for animal overpopulation than try to change the public that does not prevent unwanted litters. Every person who works at the humane society is there because he or she loves animals and everyone would like to have a no-kill facility.

Unfortunately, no amount of surgery or adoption campaigns will make every cat and dog a wanted pet with a good home. There are simply too many of them. I have seen days when 60 cats were turned into the shelter.

Hopefully, there will be a breakthrough in scientific research for cheap, easy and convenient birth control.

In the meantime, the animal care societies do what is possible. It is most unfortunate that the organizations are often at odds, since that negativity is ultimately nonproductive and harms animal welfare.

Dr. Diane Shepherd, DVM




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