We built a beautiful $18mm facility for unwanted dogs in Franklin County. Prior to Rock coming on as Director (and Morton as the euthanization-happy veterinarian for the shelter), we held a lot more dogs at our shelter.
We put breed caps in place on the adoption floor, meaning we euthanize certain dog breeds over a certain number. For example, according to shelter reports, pit bulls on the adoption floor have long been capped at 10 dogs. Meanwhile, as many as 100 kennels sit empty at a time.
A FCDS priority should be reducing the number of unwanted dogs. Franklin County Dog Shelter could be allowing partner rescue groups use of the unused operating rooms for community spay days, organized and facilitated by partner rescue organization volunteers. Operating rooms sit empty, we could be spaying more dogs. One reason we can’t get more dogs spayed is lack of adequate operating space to perform these procedures.
According to FCDS staff, many dogs fail the medical exam due to dental issues. However, staff also reports that dental equipment sits unused. More dogs being needlessly failed.
Volunteers have complained to Director Rock about hallway visibility being dangerous due to various blind spots. Hall mirrors are an easy, inexpensive fix that could save Franklin County accidents and liability later.
Finally, on a beautiful spring day, dogs could be running around and releasing stress and anxiety in this gorgeous, grassy, fenced-in space. Because the fence was installed improperly, it’s of no use. The fence doesn’t reach the ground. Two years after being built, the space sits empty. Leadership has ignored a fundamental space that we all know will insure more adoptions: adequate exercise for dogs.