Everyone is roundly criticizing Boks, mostly because he exaggerates, lies, doesn't keep promises, always proclaims himself faultless, and that he is close to walking on water. Oh, I forgot, he hasn't been saving many lives either--at least until now.
But I think his recent programs, the seniors and the 2 for 1 sale, are good, whether or not they succeed, and they probably won't knowing the history of Ed's new programs.
But the 2 for 1's sale. Think the idea an abomination?
Well Tara Derby and others trained by Winograd in Philadelphia are promoting a 2 for 1 program right now. From the Phillypaws.org website:
Cat "Dollar Days," July 18-Aug. 1
PAWS announces the return of its summer cat adoption promotion: "Dollar Days." Between July 18 and August 1, the adoption fee for a cat will be only $1.
The two-week event, during these summer months when literally hundreds of animals come into the shelter each day, is one way PAWS is working to save the lives of Philadelphia's homeless animals.
When you adopt a cat, you will be able to adopt a second one at no additional charge. Owning two cats involves little more expense or trouble than owning just one. In addition, it provides each with a companion, saves two lives rather than one, and provides space in the shelter for two more animals waiting for a home.
If you have been considering adopting a new best friend, we urge you to come in and meet the cats just waiting for a chance at life. By opening your home to a PAWS cat (or cats), you will truly be saving a life that may not have a chance without your kindness.
Especially now, during the height of "cat season," there is simply not enough room or resources at the shelter to accommodate all of the animals who come in. Those who are not adopted or placed in foster care are often euthanized. With your help, though, we can put an end to the killing of animals simply because they don't have a home.
During last year's "Cat Sale," 576 cats found forever homes. This year, the event will last a full two weeks in an effort to save even more lives. Please join us!
Now Philadelphia has a much smaller shelter than LA, taking in a less than 1/2 of LA. Yet, last year placed 576 kittens in one week. That is equivalent to LAAS placing 1,350 kittens in a week.
Now I know LAAS will never be able to perform at the success rate of Philadelphia, though I do want to see how close they come to Philly's success. I also know that there is a strong possibility some will be fed to dogs for fun, or end up being tortured by a mean hearted 6 year old, but that is the breaks. This is what every human being and animal has to face in life: the luck of the draw. When you are overwhelmed with animals needing homes, and the choice is between them dying or taking their chances of finding a "good-enough" home, I think they would choose an opportunity to live.
What some of the critics do not realize, is that it is not just the cost, it is also the publicity and marketing value of of the program. It is a sale. Everyone likes a sale. many people will come for a discount cat that when they hear about it. Remember, we can never expect a "loving home," all that they need is a good-enough home.