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  1. It is so sad that “Dogs can linger at Horn Lake for well over a year because very few people come here to look at dogs to adopt, maybe a handful a month.” It is wonderful that they have a caring, dedicated director like Pat and employees like Julia who have made life pleasant for the dogs under
    their care, but if the place stays full with dogs living there indefinitely, what happens to the other dogs in the area that are being dumped by uncaring owners? Do they go to a kill-shelter like MARL where they take in “50-60 animals a day with even higher numbers in the summer, often as many as 100.”

    Reading MARL’s website, it sounds basically like a pleasant rescue operation; however, reading on we see, “MARL has been and continues to be the leader in shelter adoptions in Central Mississippi. Until the communities in central Mississippi come together to decrease the overpopulation of animals, primarily through strong spay/neuter programs, animals will be put down, because there are no homes available.” However, their “put down rate” seems outrageously high. Of the “ten thousand animals [that] arrived at the shelter [in 2019], 1379 were adopted and 227 were reunited with their owners.” That = 84% euthanasia rate. I think that in 42 years as director Debra definitely should have improved 84%, especially with the (now) budget of $1.1 million, which, I’m wondering includes donations and grants. With an operation that large, not seeking rescue partnership, foster homes, and practicing “hard medicine” seems inhumane if they could decrease their euthanasia rate with someone as an adoption/rescue coordinator.

    Anyway, these 2 shelter/rescues are protecting the public by getting unwanted dogs off the streets, but the real problems is that the dogs are unwanted, unneutered, and unspayed. That is the real problem that needs to be solved. We must educate the public, and that is what Cara is trying so hard to do. Thank you, Cara. You are my hero!!!

    1. Thanks Naomi – you highlighted several of the true problems here – the huge number of dogs and the difference leadership makes in terms of the numbers. Absolutely 84% is not acceptable at MARL and rescue/foster could change that, but until MARL has leadership like Horn Lake, that won’t happen. Imagine what Pat and Julia could do with a 1.1 million dollar budget! I don’t know what their budget is, but I doubt it’s even one quarter of that.