A simple question: Can anyone—anyone—tell me why LAAS impounds decreased by double digits between 2001 and 2004 (a total of 24%), then essentially stalled thereafter at 47,200?
Can Mr. Winograd tell me? Can Ed Boks, Alley Cat Allies or Madelyn Bernstein tell me?
Were there more spay neuter vouchers each year during 2001, 2002 and 2003 than during 2004, 2005 or 2006? Were the vouchers for housed animals or feral? Were more feral cat colonies neutered during those years than now, or are the numbers the same but with diminished effect?
Did LAAS have a policy change causing fewer impounds and then reverse that policy? Did increased public awareness of the killing cause people to turn in fewer animals during 2001-2004, but not after ADL raised the issue further in public consciousness?
When it comes to saving the lives of animals, we need to understand both sides of the supply and demand equation for “used animals.”
We really do not understand the supply-side of the solution, how to decrease impounds. We think we do: massive spay/neuter, TNR and education. But were these the cause of the 24% drop in impounds between 2001 and 2004? Have we done less S/N, TNR and education during the past three years, or more with less effectiveness?
Was the decrease during 2001-2004 a mere statistical fluke or are there not-understood causes? Is there some kind of “Butterfly Effect” wherein the causes are so bizarre no one could have suspected?
If we have done more S/N, TNR and education during the past three years with no increased effect, is throwing money into solutions that theoretically should work but in fact have not, an intelligent use of resources?
Do we need better animal “marketers” to solve the killing problem, or do we need an animal-equivalent of John Maynard Keynes who will provide a better understanding of animal demographics and behaviors? Without a better understanding, are we not just shooting blanks?
PS: I just received a dynamite comment regarding another take on saving lives and it is attached below. This is a must-read and makes me think I need to rethink my whole position. It also brings to fore that Stuckey accomplished a lot when he was here, such as getting rid of a lot of useless or worse employees, and cutting euthanasias by 11%.