I talked to one of my friends who works at one of the shelters.
She says things have improved dramatically under Boks. Far fewer animals are being killed and all animals are being treated now compared two 2 years ago when it was very iffy if an animal got treated at all. They are also being kept longer--a lot longer, which she considered a good thing. (Adoptions are up. Fosters are up.)
She also said no animal was ever turned away from her shelter. She once saw some employees try to refuse a man from turning in his dog. He just laughed at them and said, “You are government employees, you can’t refuse to take the dog.” (I still agree that refusing owner turn-ins is a good idea no matter what some might think, at least with cats. On the streets they might have a higher survival rate than in the shelters.
The single biggest cause of euthanasia was neonates. When I informed her of the dramatic decrease in neonates being impounded, she said part of that was likely due to urging people who are turning in neonates to foster them. This was not a lot of people, but a few. These do not get booked in.
She didn’t think they were being reclassified after being booked in, but suggested darkly, that at some shelters, neonates turned in at night are not booked in, but the next day shift might just take them into a back room and euthanize them without ever booking them in. As a matter of fact this was an ADL allegation that Boks was dong in NY and at Maricopa.
Personally, I do not think either of these explanations would explain the hundreds of decreased neonate impounds, nor do I believe for a second Boks' explanation that the sudden and precipitous drop was due to spay/neuters last year. This explanation is plain silly, as there would have been a gradual decrease begining in March or so. I am jusr perplexed. However, I do believe Ed had something to do with this, either a policy change or numbers manipulation, or turning neonates away in ceratin shelters.
Now that I think about it, neonates may not have much chance of survival if not impounded and their deaths would have much more suffering involved. But, adult cats are different. They have a chance to survive in the streets or of owners actually making an effort to adopt the cats to friends and neighbors.
In any event, about 1,000 have disappeared compared to a year ago.
As someone else told me, "Be careful, the next GM you get may be worse." Food for thought.