Sunday, October 23, 2011

Whitehouse Petition to End the need to euthanize millions of homeless pets

Our First Dog, Bo, needs 25,000 signatures by Nov 22 for the Federal government to devote review andprocessing to this cause. PLEASE HELP!

We put this up on the White House's new petition Site! Please share in THE Twitter! Woof!
Sign Petition to Ending Euthanasia of Homeless Pets via @seprr #petrescue
Please also visit the GA version of this same effort:

Stop Killing #HomelessPets in #GA! Provide 3yrs FREE #SpayNeuter! #petrescue via @seprr

We respectfully request legislation be brought forth outlining the means to end killing homeless pets in local animal control facilities. This legislation should to set forth a program of very low cost or even free spay & neuter for a minimum of 3 yrs to reduce the population of homeless pets.
Other states can adopt this proposal, since the status quo is parallel in most of other states. Please stop wasting tax dollars in Georgia, needlessly killing homeless, adaptable pets! 
  • 90% Adoptable Homeless Pets
  • 7% owner reclaim
  • 10% adopted
  • 12% Go to "Rescue"groups
  • 61% KILLED
"These people just don't get it," she said. "There will never be enough homes for all the animals that are produced at today's rate. Never. The answer to this problem is strictly spay and neuter."  
"The linked Petition for Georgia, contains a complete proposal of a means to pursue this goal, This program will reduce pets in animal control by 40% and reduce by $40,000,000 annually in Georgia in related tax expenditures. Georgia euthaizes 300,000 homeless pets per year costing citizens taxpayers over $100 million annually. Unfortunately Georgia’s numbers are in line with most other states." 

Created: Oct 23, 2011
FAQ - Signing the Petition on 
1- Create an account:The site asks only for your name, zipcode, and email address. In theory, this means that US residents should be signing. 

2- The site will send you an email to confirm the account. 

3- After you click on the confirmation link, you are now able to sign. 

4- If you did not get the email, check your spam buffer or trash folders. This is most likely where the email was redirected. Otherwise, open up a gmail account and use that email address. gmail rocks anyway.. so you will enjoy having it.. for free. 

SEPRR, based in Atlanta, GA, has direct access to officials and lobbyists in GA. We are right down the street. SEPRR DOES NOT RAISEFUNDS. Therefore, SEPRR does not have any budget to pursue this change in other states. The most likely path to success is changing a State's Dept of Ag policy towards this issue. Legally, the Federal Government has very little to do with any of this. 

FAQ- So why do a White House Petition: If you DO want the Federal Government to look into this crisis, this is a very accessible means of starting that process. So please SIGN IT! Furthermore, attracting National and perhaps International Attention to this will smooth the way for efforts on the State level. 

FAQ If you wish to start a similar project for your own state, please contact us @seprr via twitter so we can coordinate creation and promotion of the effort. Thus far, no rescuers in other states, after 4300 signatures, have stepped up, but several have complained, asking why we are only addressing GA. 

An outline for GA is here:

Stop Killing #HomelessPets in #GA! Provide 3yrs FREE #SpayNeuter!

Follow @seprr to Stop KILLING Homeless Pets! Give 3yrs of FREE Spay Neuter!  #petrescue #occupy #animalcontrol

SEPRR and Fix Georgia Pets advocates and proposes specific policy changes and agenda in their home State of Georgia. Most other states policies similar to Georgia’ addressing only the Symptom of pet overpopulation, instead of addressing it’s cause, exponential reproduction by increasing numbers of unsterilized pets. Current policies provide NO END IN SIGHT to the killing in “shelters” and the EXTREME EXPENSE to TAX PAYERS.

For 70-80% of homeless pets at risk IN Animal Shelters relates to sterilization. The remaining balance relates to owners who purchase a pet, then toss it away, usually for Personal Problems, Allergies, or a new Child in the family. (Read more here: Only 10% are unadoptable animals.

WE kill around 300,000 homeless pet’s per year in Georgia..
WE pay over $100 million year in taxes for related expenditures.
WE can end this waste and expense.  
WE can save pets and save tax money.

WE, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to Enact reformative expansions to the Current Animal Welfare Act as follows:
 1-               Georgia Department of Agriculture (GADOA) will require of animal control and rescue licensees periodic reporting to a central open source database of related operational statistics including operating costs.
a.               The minimum datapoints to be collected are visible on this PDF document, The database shall publicly accessible via the internet for public awareness, policy improvements, research, and analysis.
b.               The database shall enable tracking of the animals in the system via consistent Tagging Nomenclature for all Licensees. From pick up, induction to animal control, to rescue organizations,  to adoption by new owners, or to the “room” euthanized and disposed.
 2-               After the Reporting Policy is established and 12 months of running statistics are gathered:
a.               Offer FREE spay-neuter for a period 3 years for the entire state, with voluntary participation by owners and veterinarians. 
i.                    Trial Program: To prove the business model and savings for Statewide implementation, SEPRR will fundraise and manage a Trial Program comprising a region of ten “average” Georgia Counties. This trial will last one year, and accurately track the cost/benefit of the program over the one year period. The statewide program is estimated to reduce animal control populations by at least 40%, saving $40million-$65million & 100,000 animals by Month 24 of the program.  Our goal is to determine if the Trial Program matches the Per Forma estimates in the 12th month of the Trial. Assuming there is a significantly compelling proof of the business model resulting from the Trial, Dept of Ag would be empowered and justified to roll out the program Statewide, since the program would align with Dept of Ag’s mission by humanely managing the pet population and reducing expense to the Tax Payer.
 3.          Critical To Success: Geo-Tagging the location where Homeless Pets are picked up from the streets. Any "hot spots" producing unusual numbers of homeless animals will become visible. Deploy already existing non-profit funded mobile spay/neuter clinics. Encourage local residents to sterilize their pets by offering incentives such as Wal-Mart gift Cards, etc. Current Mobile Clinics simply have no way to focus their efforts since they are unable to visualize the "Hot Spots".

4.               Ongoing Low Cost Sterilization: Following the Free 3 year program, the state would provide on-going, needs-based, state-wide low cost spay-neuter with a differentiated licensee fee. Grant Applications by related organizations would distribute the budget for actual use. Licensing would be handled by the state, not by the 159 individual counties, the current Status Quo.

5.                Consolidate Animal Control Operations. After the Three year program, many Animal Control operations will become redundant. Via a change to the State’s Constitution that currently saddles each county with the responsibility of the Animal Control function, place the remaining Animal Control operations, assets & related staff under the management of the Dept of Ag. (Ops and Staff are easily transferable. How we transfer related assets, buildings enforcement vehicles,  remains a question.)
a.                    No Kill Shelters: Adopt a policy that mirrors the CAPA, Companion Animal Protection Act ( template promoted by No Kill organizations, to optimize animal control services delivery and management and improve conditions for the animals in the shelters.b.                    Under NO Circumstance will a healthy, adoptable Homeless Pet ever be put at risk of Euthanasia owing to the irresponsible actions of it’s owner
 6.  Funding: Public, Private, and Non-Profit Funding
a.               Realign the existing Georgia Spay/Neuter License Tags funds.
b.               Further Suggestions:
i.                   Voluntary add-on donation at Point of Sale at Pet Service Providers  (pet food stores, vets, groomers)
ii.                    Sales Tax on Pet Products 
iii.                    Differentiated Pet Licensing $25 - $50 year Unaltered, Free Altered 
iv.                    Corporate Gifts 
v.                    Foundational Grants 

Respectfully,Concerned Citizens

Note: Georgia’s statistics are in line with most other states, especially ones that neighbor Georgia. 

Every year in Georgia, over  300,000 Homeless Pets are euthanized costing taxpayers as much as $100 million per year.  90% are Adoptable Homeless Pets, only 7% are reclaimed by owners, 10% adopted from animal animal control, 12% pulled by rescue groups,  and 61% are KILLED by County Animal Control Services  throughout Georgia's 159 counties.  SOURCE: &

Related Data and Articles:

60% of DeKalb County Animals Die in 2010-2011 $1,750,000/YR Spent

For 70-80% of homeless pets at risk IN Animal Shelters relates to sterilization. The remaining balance relates to owners who purchase a pet, then toss it away, usually for Personal Problems, Allergies, or a new Child in the family. (Read more here: Only 10% are unadoptable animals. 

SPOT Society 2009 Atlanta GA MSA Homeless Pet Euthanasia Statistics:"54% Euthanasia Rate  56,381 killed of 105,186 Animals Impounded in 16 Atlanta Metro Counties 2009" . SOURCE:  SpotSociety 2009 Shelter Stats

  105,186 Impounded - 56,381 Homeless Pets KILLED  [54%kill ratio] in 16 ATL Metro Counties (2009 GVAW site is down). 
I used this as a primary basis for the statistical analysis of Georgia counties, meshing it with SPOT Society's research to zero in the 300,ooo & $100million figures. The actual numbers are much higher depending upon the assumption one uses to compute the results. The highest number I obtained was 644,000 killed/yr average. Incredible, but the only reason I reduced the number to 300k is that people simply believe that number. The actual is most assuredly more towards the 500k-600k range. This is why we need a mandatory reporting system for all animal controls so regulatory interests can be addressed. That was why Chris Benson wrote and launched the database, but I dont think it is being used, though Black alluded he would begin using Jan 2011 I think. If anyone knows that state of the database, and can get some reports from it, that will be sufficient right there to substantiate the figures. I am 99% confident that if the actual numbers are pulled from the Dept of Ag animal control database, they will jibe with the estimates we have been using.

2007 cost analysis "City Council ends use of carbon monoxide for euthanasia at shelter"

Georgia Voters for Animal Welfare (GVAW) Survey of Animal Services in Georgia 2009 REPORT

"Puppy-mill prescription" Why some states do not have the will to end Puppy Mills

AJC:  Senate bans gas chambers for animal euthanasia; sparks Holocaust, suicide debate 

AJC: April 19, 2010 Counties killing dogs, cats by the thousands 


Florida needs Statewide low cost_free spay-neuter Intervention
           National Animal Control Association Condemning gassing in Shelters: 

South GA Pet Rescue NEEDS YOUR HELP!

We have posted this all over the place:

CODERED #Hoboken #Ga  #petrescue CLOSED: WILL EUTHANIZE ALL PETS TUE9am 10/25 9am via @seprr

You could help these rescuers out by also Tweeting and Texting it. 

I am sure legions of other well-meaning people have reach this point of burn-out. I know I have. Seeing the death of so many warm and loving furryfriends is a recipe for mental disorders, but if you are like me, the fight must continue. If we only save 10 out of 100,000, think how much it counted for just those 10. And if I save 10, then perhaps someone else will follow the lead, and rescue 10, or perhaps become the person to rescue all 100,000 by generating policies that end the need for this archaic, barbaric, deplorable system of managing animal populations. Read this if you want an idea of how to do just that:

Please Sign & Share this Petition  

We hope that:

 1- we can rescue the pets by generating widespread awareness of the problem
 2- Perhaps these people will partner with a larger group, and effectively become fosters for a group that does have a good infrastructure in place for sustainable operations.. like a fundraising business plan, social media strategy, volunteer organizational frmework.. etc

Getting the word out for an "urgent rescue notice" is the 1st job for any rescuer. 

So.. not using twitter for rescue is like driving a brand new sports car with the emergency brake on. 

Yet, Twitter is EZ to Learn &  Use!

@seprr has written this so you can Pump Up Your Rescue Volume with The Twitter:

Twitter Primer: Hashtags, Mentions &; Missions. Oh My!" Click here to read it #petrescue via @seprr & @tribedogs

So now you have been there and done that, SHARE this Tweet ON TWITTER and send it via SMS Text to your lady friends who love texting! 

Tweets can be texted via SMS.. since they are text & under 140 characters! Lovely!

CODERED #Hoboken #Ga  #petrescue CLOSED: WILL EUTHANIZE ALL PETS TUE9am 10/25 9am via @seprr