Henderson County Animal Services Reform sign now

We, the taxpayers and voters, demand immediate changes at the Henderson County Animal Services (HCAS) facility. You have been made aware of serious concerns affecting public health and safety, and the welfare of the animals that the HCAS facility is entrusted to care for. These serious concerns have been discussed with the staff, management and commissioners resulting in a few small, insignificant changes.

In April 2006, the new 1.5 million dollar Henderson County Animal Services (HCAS) building was dedicated. We, the taxpayers and voters, were promised the County would move forward with improved animals services, increased adoptions, better care for the animals, public education, volunteer programs and a focus on spay-neuter. However, eighteen months later, we have a brand new shelter that serves merely as a facade of change, while the attitudes about animal welfare that existed at the old shelter, built in 1965, persist. HCAS is clearly interested in animal control, consisting of accepting animals into the shelter, putting them up for adoption merely to satisfy a required hold period, and then destroying them once the animals hold time has run out. HCAS refuses to bring in new animal welfare practices, philosophies or staff that think about animal care and welfare as well as animal control. THIS OLD ATTITUDE IS UNACCEPTABLE.

We urge:

1. Hiring a qualified, progressive Animal Services Director with at least five years animal sheltering experience and a demonstrated track record of success for both animal control and animal care.

2. Immediately placing the Animal Services Committee in charge of documenting issues at the shelter and putting action plans in place with targeted completion dates.

3. Immediate reinstatement of the privileges of rescue groups to transfer animals scheduled to be destroyed, out of the shelter and into foster / adoptive homes.

4. Adoption of an existing Volunteer Standard Operating Procedures from other shelters to get volunteers back into the shelter. These can be amended by the Animal Services Committee.

We, the undersigned, urge you our elected officials to take public action. As taxpayers and concerned citizens, we expect to see meaningful change regarding these issues no later than the end of January, 2008. We look forward to a continued dialogue with you and your staff in our ongoing effort to fulfill the original vision of a humane and progressive facility serving the wellbeing and welfare of all those living in our community.

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  • 04 January 2016450. Mary Jos
    I support this petition
  • 31 December 2015449. Cynthia Anderson
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015448. Jeanette S
    Zip Code 28768 You should be ashamed if how this shelter is being run!!! You've had every opportunity to be a model shelter in this area and have obviously failed because of lack of interest. How can we ever hope to alleviate pain & suffering among p
  • 18 December 2015447. Sue B
    Zip Code 28759 "I do not fear evil; I fear apathy. For a decent society to overlook base cruelty because it is directed at those we consider unworthy of our pity shakes me to the core. May God forgive us." -- Pat Sommer
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  • 06 December 2015445. Cherie N
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  • 13 November 2015442. Kenneth Wb
    Zip Code 28791 beautiful building---rotten operation!!
  • 05 November 2015441. Debbie H
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  • 01 November 2015440. Connie M
    Zip Code 28732 The county needs to stand by its promises to the taxpayers that the new shelter would be a better place for the animals and would be more intune to saving the lives of animals.
  • 25 October 2015439. Rg B
    Zip Code 28732 We urge you to adopt the recommendations as listed in the petition.
  • 20 October 2015438. Gloria I
    Zip Code 28792 The requested changes are way past due
  • 03 October 2015437. Angela T
    I support this petition
  • 23 September 2015436. Robert Davidj
    Zip Code 28792 This corrupt department needs investigated for many documented immoral practices-Have plenty resources to provide to show department is corrupt
  • 01 September 2015435. Jenny S
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  • 09 August 2015432. Eleanor Samv
    Zip Code 28792 Please, please help the animals being needlessly destroyed
  • 07 August 2015431. Judith S
    Zip Code 28739 I am concerned about the number of animals being euthanized and the short time they are permitted to be in the shelter before they are euthanized. I would like to see the facility operate in the best possible way, innovative, compassionate
  • 01 August 2015430. Jack B
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  • 31 July 2015429. Nancy S
    Zip Code 28731 This is the height of cruelty and abuse. Not only does this situation require immediate attention and change, but the persons responsible should be held accountable for their illegal and heartless actions.
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Muriel PierceBy:
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Henderson County Board of Commissioners and the Henderson County Animal Services Management


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