The loss of the ARL contract = death for animals. Plain and simple. Those of you who can find it in your heart to save the lives of animals, please encourage city counsel to reach out to the ARL for a new contract. Those non- (and ex-) Pittsburgh residents can still opinionate to the reporters and encourage the sway of public opinion.
I sent the following letter to the editor of the PG and to the reporters following the above AC/ARL contract story:
I am writing this afternoon to express my sadness for the animals of Pittsburgh and for my disgust with city officials Tony Pokora and Doug Shields. The refusal of the new contract and apparent lack of respect for the services provided by the Animal Rescue League has taken away a superior and one-of-a-kind place for animals to have a second chance at life.
The Animal Rescue League’s partnership with Animal Control is one of the best services the city has to offer. Many otherwise homeless or euthanized animals have become people’s companions — thanks to the partnership between the City and the ARL. If not for the ARL and its contract, those animals would have died.
Without a partnership between the two, many more will die.
No one wants to see stray animals; if not properly handled, they can be a dangerous nuisance. But, when safely handled with the appropriate mix of respect, love, and dignity, not a one has to needlessly die or suffer. In working with the ARL, those fit to become pets do, and those dangerous to human life are humanely and respectfully taken care of.
I hope that Messrs Pokora and Shields will realize what a valuable resource the Animal Rescue League is to the city and honor the services they provide by reaching out for a contract. If that realization does not happen, well, I know who I’m NOT voting for come election time.
Pittsburgh Resident and ARL Volunteer