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May 25th is the last day for early voting.  Please support Tommy Merritt with your vote!
   
Tonight April 19th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm come and show your support to TOMMY MERRITT!!! He is an advocate for Adoptions of healthy animals and seeing the quality of our East Texas Animals lives improve! Come to the Station to show your support. We look forward to seeing you there!!
   

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Seven out of 10 pet owners in America favor no-kill animal shelters or shelters with a strict policy on euthanizing pets. According to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll released in January, 71 percent of pet owners feel that shelters should only be allowed to euthanize animals when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted. Only 25 percent said that euthanasia should be used as a means to control the animal population. Mike Arms, president of the Helen Woodward Animal Center located in Rancho Santa Fe, California, said, “I am firmly in agreement that no adoptable pet should be euthanized. I teach all over the world that this can be a reality if organizations run themselves as a business and learn how to market these beautiful pets”. Arms is credited with saving the lives of more orphaned animals than anyone else in the history of the planet.  On March 2 at Papacita’s Restaurant in Longview, Arms will talk with East Texans about "The Animal Shelter of the Future", and how to run such a facility here. The 6:30 p.m. event encourages Animal professional and the residents in Gregg, Upshur, Rusk, Morris and other counties to join this free event.  Arms will talk March 2 about East Texas’ pet overpopulation problem and a public-private plan to build and successfully operate a no-kill pet adoption center. Among his topics will be the business of marketing animals to the public. Mike Arms will be sharing the philosophy on how a Center inspires and teaches, locally and globally.  Arms is recognized worldwide as the creator of both the International Pet Adoption and "Iams Home 4 the Holidays",  Arms’ visit is an important prelude to the Fete for Pets’ 2nd Annual Fundraiser Party at Flyin Feathers Ranch in Upshur County on March 31, according to organizer and President Alicia Nolte. For more information visit animalcenter.org, or call (903) 238-4332 or by visiting Fete for Pets’ page on Facebook.
   
Animal advocate to share shelter success secrets with Longview residents By Glenn Evans This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012 4:00 am People considering where to board a pet during vacation don’t think about an animal shelter, but they should. That’s according to a man coming to Longview to share his formula for successfully fielding the problem of unwanted dogs and cats. Mike Arms travels the country and beyond describing how to establish animal shelters that euthanize only when an animal is violent beyond rehabilitation or suffering beyond repair. One trick he advocates is including kennel services as a money-making tool. And, why should parents considering day camps send their children elsewhere when there is a place filled with wagging tails and purring kitties? “We have the facility of the future,” Arms said from San Diego, where he established the Helen Woodward Animal Center. “We have the boarding facilities in here. We have (small animal and equine) hospitals here. We have the day camp here for the children. We’re part of the community, and that’s why the community loves us so much.” That no-kill center offers a template some local animal advocates hope to replicate in Longview through a public and private funding partnership. The Fete for Pets organization, which is named for its March fundraising event, has recruited Arms to include a Longview stop in his ongoing mission to save animals’ lives. ‘Outside the box’ Organizer and local business owner Alicia Nolte hopes animal lovers from the Longview animal shelter, rescue groups and other critter-friendly communities will come ask Arms how he does it on March 2. “That means anyone who has anything to do with the animal industry that has questions,” Nolte said. The 6:30 p.m. event at Papacita’s Mexican Restaurant in Longview is free, except for dinner and doggy bags. “Our city needs to move into the future and step outside the box,” Nolte said. “And it’s not just the city of Longview, where the mayor is working on a public/private partnership. We’re going for Kilgore, Gladewater, Upshur and surrounding counties.” Longview Mayor Jay Dean previously came out in favor of an as-yet unformed partnership between the city and animal advocates to build a second animal shelter in Longview. The Humane Society of Northeast Texas historically has operated its shelter at or near capacity. Leaders of the nonprofit facility on Enterprise Street consistently describe a mission beyond the capacity of the 39-year-old shelter and its small, trained staff. The humane society also is working toward building a new home and has secured donated land for the expansion. Nolte expressed hope Arms’ model, which she visited in the summer, will inspire a new approach to the animal overpopulation that’s feeding the problem. “Throwing trash out on the side of the road is not accepted anymore — it is looked down on,” she said. “We have learned to appreciate the beautiful land we live in, and it’s time we appreciated animals’ lives.” Marketing Arms described a two-pronged attack. “The big problem organizations have is they don’t market their product,” he said. “We will do more in our society to advertise a hamburger or Coca-Cola than we will for the beautiful product we have.” For instance, he said, the public usually sees local animal shelters only when something bad happens — a closure, or seizure of a dangerous dog. “Why would parents go (to the shelter)?” he asked. “If it doesn’t show the beautiful product we have, it’s not going to change.” The solution, he said, is shelter workers pitching stories about their charges to television and print media, adding that everyone likes a cute animal story. Weekly adopt-a-pet columns routinely feature older animals when puppies or kittens would lure more families to the shelter. “If you have 10 families come down, not only that cute puppy gets adopted but three more dogs get adopted, too,” he said. “You put two kittens in a cage, and you give them the names, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Bonnie and Clyde. So, now Peanut Butter gets taken, and they’ll take Jelly, too. You have to run it like a business, and you have go get those footsteps into your facility.” Throw out the phrase “mixed breed,” he added. “We have ‘blends,’ ” he said. “We’re like Starbucks here, and the public loves it.” For the skeptical, Arms says in his first attempt at this model, the adoption rate at a Long Island, N.Y., shelter went from 50 a week to 850 a week in 11 years. He has similar success at the Southern California animal center and said he has shown the model to communities across the country. Tax-free shelters Arms also said the Longview group appears on the right dog path with the public/private partnership that’s envisioned. “That’s what you’re going to need to get it up and running,” he said, turning to his second prong: “But, then we can put in (ideas) that bring in revenue. We put in the day camp, and that brings in revenue. We put in the boarding facility, and that brings in revenue. We put in the hospitals. So now we don’t depend on taxpayers, because we get no state or city or federal funds, and we’re a $6 million facility.” Fete for Pets proposes something smaller but along the same lines. Nolte said the new group is not out to shut down the Longview shelter, just help in the mission both share. “That shelter — I don’t think it should be them or us,” she said. “It’s all of our East Texas animals, and we need to help relieve the burden that is thrown on them. They are just overwhelmed.”
   

Ditch the Old Ways of Thinking!

  • Animal welfare activist and Humane Society board members have long thought by getting money and materials donated we could help solve the unwanted problem. More food can be purchased, bigger and nicer facilities built, the animals would have more "time" to be adopted and things would improve.
  • Don't adopt out animals at Christmas or give as gifts for birthdays, This encourages impulse adoptions. We now know we were just giving away business and supporting the puppymills.
  • Let's post quick shot photos of animals behind bars and on cold concrete. People should feel sorry for these homeless animals.
  • This has long been an operation that comes across as desperately needy, relying on donors, volunteers and other-peoples-money just to stay afloat.
   

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