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'To Look Within'
By Randy N. Warner
Seeing the need for change in the animal protection
For those of you who
choose not to purchase and read this book, please make a copy the
following story to tell your kids why we've failed to resolve any of these
issues and will simply and blindly dump all the related problems in their
laps. I mean after all, we'll be dead long before they will,
OUR CHILDREN'S STORY
Randy N. Warner
One we must regrettably share with our
children for they most certainly will find out on their
We hope they learn from
our foibles stemming from ignorance, apathy and politics. It is, but for
our egos, that we have not yet come close to resolving this society's
issues of animal abuse and neglect towards the animals of which we share
this planet. The noblest of efforts have little affects when unaccompanied
by true results.
The Legacy We Leave Them
We followed the large
national groups. For 25 years they promised to solve these problems,
if only we would send them money. We did. Nearly $2
Billion each year. In turn, they spent 90 cents from every dollar on
high salaries, new cars, luxury items and still ask for more. The
ultimate goals were not as important as their individual agendas and egos
that keep them in business. Our own apathy was killing all
We hated other animal
protection organizations, never spoke to them, but readily spoke ''about''
them. Never shared ideas. For political reasons we were
confident it was ''for our own good"./ Therefore we have no
comprehensive program to present to the public or bring to the
schools. Our noble attempts quelled by politics ignorance and
greed. But our egos were left in tact. Now, sadly we
must leave it all to you.
things: Work Together. Do Not separate your ideas.
Yours may or may not be better than others. Without communication,
how will you know? Take One Step AT A Time. Be organized and
focus. For decades we've shoved thousands of problems and possible
solutions to the public. No unity or clear plan. Too
confusing. We looked stupid. We have but few
POLITICS: IT is in every
aspect of our lives. It is the largest hurdle to overcome if we hope
to save the animals. Don't let your goals be compromised by ego,
emotions, envy or anger like we did. Your egos and feelings may get
hurt. BIG DEAL!!! The animals continue to die. Move on.
THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!! But certainly more adult than we
could handle. Politics has no place here. It must be
taught through humane education in schools.
The animal problems have
plagued us for years and we've turned a blind eye to the fact it's OUR
problem to solve. Do not allow the large animal protection groups to
continue unchecked. Go confidently in the direction that will bring
results. don't be afraid to ''think outside the box''. It
scares people. Let them be scared. Humans fear change.
They are weak in spirit and ideas. You will lead them in the long
Don't expect too much
from humans. They are limited. Their egos are not. You
will experience failures. Keep moving forward. Without them
you learn nothing. The successes you will have will be
monumental. If you set out to solve a problem, do it with integrity,
honesty, fortitude and determination. Sorry we didn't have
those qualities. Be smarter than we. Give voice to the
I've been criticized for the
cover of the book. 'It looks too much like a self help book. It doesn't
resemble animals at all and looks like it's all about people' Well, it is.
Of course, the underlying theme is those who help animals. But, remember
the 'those' who do that are people. We can accept this look into our
movement to protect animals and continue policing ourselves, OR we can let
the government take over and implement legislation on our efforts. Which
would you want?
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.
If more than 8 million homeless companion animals
are being killed every year, and shelters, schools and society in general
assign the lowest budgetary, and operational priority toward
overpopulation education, then is there any question as to why we continue
to witness the vicious cycle of suffering and death?
We must all be willing do a
periodic 'once over' on our methods of work ethics and practices.
Policing of our efforts is the one and only way in which we can continue
to strive for only the best. After all, the numbers of humans who
devote their lives to helping the animals is impressive to say the least
and many, if not most of them do not take the time to look within or to
police the action of others. Humans make mistakes. It's not
unheard of for good men and women to be 'off track' and either not be
aware of it, or not know how to return to the noble and worthwhile paths
in which they began their efforts.
So, within this book you
will find much that is not complimentary to the movement as a whole. It is
not my intention to disgrace, nor demean individuals or
organizations. However, there must be accountability for our
efforts. The money and time dedicated to this effort are reaching
astronomical proportions and we can only do a better job reaching our
goals if we can take a step back and recognize that, periodically, there
needs to be a cleaning day. That is what I hope this will
Overpopulation is essentially a product of ignorance and
indifference and only proactive and aggressive community and youth
education programs offer the promise of breaking the vicious cycle.
We must not lose perspective, and we shall choose those campaigns
that will save more animals in the long run. The animals who exist today
are a very tiny percentage of the animals who will be killed and tortured
in the coming centuries and millennia. Paying excessive attention to those
who suffer today is condemning millions more to suffer the same fate. We
can’t save them all, but we should be smart in dividing our time and
efforts to seeing maximum results for when it comes to precious lives,
today's reality cannot serve as tomorrows
Due largely to sparse and painfully
ineffectual shelter outreach efforts most of the public has little or no
understanding of the horrendous magnitude of the overpopulation tragedy.
Compounding the problem, when the public is reached, the message they
receive is "sanitized" with enough euphemisms to fill Grand Canyon. Why
isn't the unadulterated truth, stripped of any veneer, imaginatively and
assertively brought to the public? Perhaps the unvarnished truth would
make some uncomfortable, but that is precisely what we should be doing —
removing the killing from behind closed doors and informing the public
about their role in the massive slaughter of our so-called closest
According to interviews with authorities nationwide,
the areas having the biggest problems in animal welfare and animal control
are these regions that are generally low socioeconomic areas where there
is often a large non-English speaking ethnic community and widespread
difficulties with basic literacy skills.
Whether picked up on the
street or surrendered at the shelter, the vast majority of these animals
experience the kind of psychological trauma and terror that we find so
abhorrent for caged laboratory animals but tolerate in our own facilities.
Some are exposed to various forms of physical mishandling and abuse, and
all suffer from the anguishing ordeal of being processed and warehoused in
a foreign and frightening environment.
Statistics from the National
Pet Alliance pages:
true civilized society would be a place where life is affirmed, both in
teaching and practice, not one which is comfortable with being permeated
with the odor of death.
A new and larger vision is needed, a vision
in which society hold themselves accountable for meeting demanding
performance standards that preserve life — not destroy
Development of appropriate resources to enhance education
programs must be a top priority. The principles of care and social
responsibility that underlie responsible animal care education programs
and are also important in human relationship education not currently being
taught in schools.
Our movement has to begin anew with each
generation because we fail to effectively reach the preceding one, and the
animals and the Earth pay dearly for this refusal to invest in the promise
of a brighter day
Education is certainly one of the important tools
in achieving effective urban animal management programs in any community.
It is also one of the most potent weapons the citizens and various
government organizations associated with animal welfare and animal control
have to address problems in these areas.
The most potent and
cost-effective outreach vehicle is the development of a creative volunteer
program. The focus of this crucial outreach instrument is youth education.
This area receives tremendous lip service about youth representing the
future, but it invariably receives the lowest budgetary
We must take the initiative by approaching every school,
media outlet, club, civic organization, professional association, shopping
center, and wherever people will listen. When it comes to precious lives,
today's reality cannot serve as tomorrows excuse. Our current society is
entangled in a convoluted system that places a higher operational priority
on "painless" execution than preventive
No matter how much positive education
the community is exposed to, there will always be an element of our
society that is unresponsive to community pressures and that fails to
conform to conventional and respected codes of behavior when it comes to
animal treatment and management.
But the concept of 'education'
must go beyond instruction given in schools by teachers or education
officers to knowledge, training and skills in a particular field given to
the community at large by every available practical means. Not only does
this mean using simple posters, flyers and the media but it also embraces
the precept that effective education often occurs through the process of
Can anyone guess why this
book will be received with pure unadulterated anger and even vengeance
Because, even though we are used to hearing ''Government
Reform' and 'Education Reform' you never hear 'Animal Protection'' reform
because everyone in the movement is one of the following:
paid and do little more than push papers and learn how to beg for more
money, OR are so entrenched in their own objectives and efforts, that
any mention of change would be seen as a blow to their efforts and
Of course a good majority of them are so egotistical that
they may just love this book, but will forever thing I was talking about
everyone BUT them.
Too many folks refuse to acknowledge that
'policing' of an industry is absolute necessity. It is the only means of
keeping the focus on a common goal and to prevent mishaps or certain areas
or entities from straying. It's truly not intended to slam, belittle nor
Few of the millions of Americans who read this will
agree with anything I say because it makes them look bad. Absolutely not
my intention at all. I'm only trying to make change so that this movement
can see a noticeable degree of improvement in short order. Of course, that
is not likely to happen BECAUSE OF THE PREVIOUS 218 words.
here goes anyway. I can only hope that at least 10 % of the animal
protection advocates will recognize that humans are the only ones that can
overcome all that is preventing animals from abuse and neglect and
unnecessary death. And that for the last 50 years, we've been unable to do
that BECAUSE OF THE PREVIOUS 242 words.
I'm a 51 year old college
educated male who's primary goal in life is to see humane education
programs in each and every classroom in the nation through dedicated
volunteer efforts. It is proven that consequence is not nearly as
effective as conscience. So, I'm not a big supporter of new laws. We have
the laws on the books now that we won't or can't enforce. To enforce the
laws we have now would ultimately result in solving most of the problems
we experience. Common police work and humane education would most
assuredly take care of any remaining violations that would surface. With
the appropriate instruction and guidance to young people, this type
program provides young people as well as troubled and at risk teens, the
moral structure necessary to give them higher academic achievement scores,
improved attendance rates and they also tend to adopt a less violent
conflict resolution technique.
It is important to note, for all who
think that humane education will have no effect on young people or adults,
that it is exactly the same manner in which we began to clean up litter,
learn not to pollute the air as well as to recycle. It is simply the next
logical step for a civilized society. This, too will save tax dollars,
improve our society and reduce the suffering of millions of companion
animals each year in this
Life, as I knew it,
changed drastically and forever when I adopted my first dog as a full
fledged adult in 1981 as I was preparing to move from Ohio to
California. Not only did I have a clue that I would find myself
embroiled in a battle where I would be forced to stand up against the
ignorance of authority and fight an unjust system but the one I am going
to tell you about is really important as it stands on its own. But, once
it was over, I realized that this type of uninformed and greedy, callous
unawareness was epidemic across our great nation. Most importantly, is
what we as animal protection advocates should be very aware of.
My childhood was spent at the north end of Pleasant Hill Ohio
with my parents and two sisters that were already out of the house and
living on their own by the time I started first grade.
Regularly attended The
Church of The Brethren on Main Street (a more modern branch of the Amish
community) and many church related events, we were a religious family and
had a wonderful childhood and upbringing in this small Midwestern town of
1,000 which quietly sits along side the Stillwater river.
High School Indians had a marvelous competitive marching band and still
are highly respected 35 years after I've graduated. The town is proud of
the band and is one where everyone knows everyone else. Other than that,
if you blink while going through my home town, you will likely crash into
the monument in the middle of the street.
We always had two dogs.
When one would pass away, we'd have another as soon as possible - once in
a while even on the same day. They slept inside the house on a bed we made
for them in the service room off the kitchen at night and outside during
the day, with access to the garage and a nice dog house my father built in
there. Never seemed to matter what type, size or personality the dogs had.
They would soon find themselves as part of a family who would love them
anyway and life went on. Sometimes puppies, sometimes
Throughout my younger life and on into high school
years, we would travel out of town to visit relatives, I certainly
remember how wonderfully all the aunts and uncles got along with each
other. All my fathers brothers, as well as all my mothers sisters
were very close to each other and each one in their own right could have
been committed to a mental institution by almost any standards. Good
strong people who would do or say anything to make the others laugh. And
laugh we did. Everyone had an incredible sense of humor.
two things stand out about my childhood:
First is: if I heard a
marching band practicing at the local high school, my mom knew that there
was simply no way to keep me from it and from the ripe old age of 5, I was
walking around strange communities alone in search of that band I heard
practicing and wouldn't leave until it was finished. To this day, there is
nothing that will bring me much more joy than a good parade, marching band
competition or the likes.
Secondly, on the way home, sometimes we
would see a dog laying along the road and that would just break my heart.
I would cry and ask daddy to stop and see if it was still alive and would
then just wonder and worry for the remainder of the trip home. It was
devastating to me. I just adored dogs and felt badly that we
couldn't explain why their lives were not as good as ours.
As a young boy growing up around our farming community, my parents
and I would visit other families from our church and when I would be where
someone never allowed their dogs to come inside the house for anything or
worse yet , tied them up to a chain, I'd quickly eat and then run out and
just sit there petting the dog and talking to it. They don't understand my
words, but they made it very clear that they appreciated my kindness and
attention while I was there.
But, as far back as I can remember, I
never met a dog that I didn't adore and stoop down to give it a kiss on
the nose. Surprisingly enough, I've only been bitten by 2, maybe three of
them and even then, it was not an angry bite, but one which was defensive
because the animal had never had anyone offer up that level of affection
before. That to me was very sad.
People used to say to me 'With
your love of animals, you should work with dogs or at an animal shelter or
something. ABSOLUTELY NOT, I thought to myself. The dog catcher is a BAD
person and I'm not bad. And the people who are involved with animal issues
are all a bunch of crazy nuts that should be committed. I just knew I
wouldn't be able to get along with people like that. Ok, so I've learned
that not all dog catchers are bad, and that they are simply doing a job.
So, I was 50% correct.
I've seen my living conditions decline so
drastically over the past ten years, it's just amazing. Placing all my
efforts into the battle that you are about to read about, but many more as
well. Surprisingly enough, I'm more often judged by the style or quality
of home I live in, than my work. I'm not sure I would change anything of
my past, though. I am working with what I have and using what I know. I've
done this all for the ability to get where I am today to help the animals.
Just haven't done the 'financial' part of life.
Oh, I could pretend
to love animals and get a lot of cash, nice salary, new car, nice home and
even use the corporate jet to fly to my vacation home, but I have never
been a fan of the HSUS or the other large groups who have their hands out
365 days a year begging for money to help these creatures of God, but
never seem to be able to solve any of the problems. I guess they view
solutions as being equivalent of writing their own pink slips. But, as
you'll see throughout this book, I am just way to shy and reserved to ever
let my opinions be known - especially if it were to bring harm or question
to another group or person. Please don't allow the fact that Randy Warner
is actually proud of his ''being blacklisted '' by the HSUS as a sign that
he may have ever spoken out in a critical manner in regards to their
efforts. What is it that they actually do again?
On the other hand,
I tend to view goals such as 'solving the animal abuse problems and the
horrors of pet overpopulation as being a great achievement. Heck. I'd LOVE
to put myself out of business by doing the right thing for them. But, to
do so, you must do one of the following: You must offend people when you
tell them they are doing wrong, then find a way to enforce it. Or, begin a
comprehensive and substantive program of humane education through
volunteer efforts to be implemented into our nation's schools. The larger
organizations are not willing to do either one. Each person they
''offend''' may choose not to donate next year. And they don't have a clue
as to what true volunteerism is. And to have the program that I speak of
actually throughout our school system, could force them to reduce their
staff by 50% if not more. BECAUSE THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE FACE are the
easiest to correct, but they are also the biggest reasons people continue
to donate to them.
However 'old fashioned' and corny it sounds to
have been raised in a small Midwestern town such as this, I do remember a
variety of ways that we were all taught humane education. The most obvious
for that time and lifestyles that people lived back then, was to witness
what your parents did, how they reacted, etc. Then we would also
bring it up in conversation over the dinner table each evening. Of
course that is not nearly as likely in today's busy lives everyone
leads. So, this valuable information has just sort of slipped out of
our lives simply due to the lack of communications throughout the family
.We also welcomed officers and volunteers from our county animal control,
the Cincinnati Zoo and on a few occasions, from National Geographic
Magazine people for full school assemblies. So, Humane Education in
our schools is by no means a 'new and modern idea'.
The following 'History Of
Humane Education' is from www.animalpeoplenews.org ANIMAL PEOPLE is the
leading independent newspaper providing original investigative coverage of
animal protection worldwide, founded in 1992. Our readership of
30,000-plus includes the decision-makers at more than 9,000 animal
protection organizations. We have no alignment or affiliation with any
No, it's not a new
idea at all - as a matter of fact, The Unti/DeRosa chapter on humane
education is the most thorough treatment we have seen yet of the rise and
fall of humane education as a movement unto itself during the early 20th
century. The Bands of Mercy organized by Massachusetts SPCA founder George
Angell and successors eventually reached more than four million children
with an ambitious equation of humane education with moral education.
Broadly accepted then, including in denouncing hunting and vivisection,
the Bands of Mercy program would now be considered too radical for school
After the outbreak of WW
I, The message of universal peace through humane education was
subordinated to patriotic imperatives. Humane education did not become
more central to the work of SPCA's in the years that followed.
Instead, as humane
societies took on animal control duties to ensure economic survival, the
growing burden of capturing and killing homeless dogs and cats, cast other
initiatives, including humane education, to the margins of activity. What
survived was the simple lessons of kindness to pets.. Both self censorship
and the constraints imposed by educational institutions, prevented humane
education from reaching into the realm of institutionalized use of
animals, such as animal experimentation and the mass production of animals
for food and fur.
More than half of the
Unti/DeRosa chapter dwells on the difficulty of quantifying the effects of
humane education, reflecting the contemporary obsession with the meeting
standards with can be verified through testing. But humane education has
had one verifiable success, Unti and DeRosa conclude: "Whatever the level
of success on other fronts of humane work, wanton acts of individual
cruelty against pets are now usually seen as the signs of a maladjusted
and sick personality. Conversely, a kind disposition toward such animals
is considered an important attribute of the well adjusted
satirical engraver William Wogarth among others, counted on his audience
to have similar views long before there were any humane
However, schoolroom humane education has probably help to
validate and empower the feelings of the majority of people who disapprove
of cruelty. A series of surveys done in China since 1998 show that
attitudes toward cruelty to animals there are essentially the same as in
the US, - but in China, because people who disapprove of cruelty are
conspicuous, especially by the minority of the population who eat dogs and
cats and wildlife and by those who attend zoos as spectacles rather than
from the love of animals.
This is something
that needs to be re introduced to our younger generation NOW.
after reading this book, there will be those who will
ask OK. BUT, WHY NOW.?
Here is my
INTRODUCTION TO WHY WE NEED HUMANE EDUCATION IN OUR
“In 1999, adults in this country, made decisions which
ultimately resulted in the unnecessary killing of over 8 million adoptable
pets!!! Our children can do better if only given the proper information.
We just need to show them the 21st Century Cares!
This section on the next
few pages is intended to answer the question of “WHY” to Humane Education.
One of the most noticeable results of these programs is the development of
a more sophisticated and solid moral structure for today's youth –
providing them with a clearer picture, or ‘direction' from which they will
navigate through life.
They will come to enjoy
education more, resulting in higher attendance, more participation in the
field of science, lower drop-out rates, etc. Too many animals are
suffering and loosing their lives needlessly due to humans.
proud Americans! We want to continue saluting this flag with all the pride
it deserves. STOP THE NEEDLESS KILLING OF THESE ANIMALS!!
PROBLEMS WE HOPE TO
ABUSE: Every community has its problems. But, everyone would
just be horrified by the statistics and stories given by their local
police and animal control officers. The animals are unable to protect
themselves or to report these actions. Additionally, many, who are aware
of these atrocities, refuse to report the acts or even to address the
perpetrators. We all have the responsibility to report these criminal
UNAWARENESS: As we know,
the general public not only has LITTLE perspective on what the issues are,
but an appalling ignorance as well. If you are unaware of the problem or
what the cause is, there is no possible means of solving it. Unawareness
APATHY: “Oh I can’t do
anything. I’m just one person.” NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
But, apathy IS our biggest single problem.
Correct, one individual
voice has it's limitations in volume. But, a chorus of 5,000,000
individuals singing together is a much different and more powerful sound!
Apathy is a form of ignorance. Apathy and unawareness will assure photos
like this will always be with us. Don’t be afraid to speak up!! Let this
innocent pup have a good life.
WHAT GOT US TO THIS POINT
the time comes, I might get involved”. What are you waiting for?????? The
average John and Jane Q Public feel they have the sufficient knowledge to
train their new pet. Yet, the single largest problem people list when
relinquishing their pets to the pounds is the 'owner's' lack of training
skills - admitting the obvious, all too late.
“Not being housebroken”,
‘not able to stop the jumping’, not able to walk him on a leash’ are the
three most often heard. THESE ARE NOT FAULTS OF THE PET, but of the human.
Yet, millions will go to the pound to die! Every time you witness a human
abusing an animal, it is the human who has just admitted they are too
stupid to have the knowledge necessary to communicate properly. They will
try to cover up by pointing fingers at the ‘stupid’ or ‘aggressive’
DENIAL: Humans typically
repress painful things that they're made aware of. This is due to their
own shortcomings and personal failures. Most Americans tend to view the
problems of animal abuse and pet overpopulation from the same vantage
point. We hope none of you see yourselves in this photo.
HERE IS THE
PROBLEM. IF WE CONTINUE TO DENY OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE SIMPLE, EASY
SOLUTION, CONTINUE TO TURN OUR BACKS ON THESE PROBLEMS AND REFUSE TO SPEAK
OUT WHEN WE SEE ABUSE AND NEGLECT, THEN WHEN DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE THESE
THINGS REALLY BEGIN TO IMPROVE???
POMPOSITY: Those who
think that having that ‘accidental’ or ‘recreational’ litter of puppies or
kittens is ok for THEM but not for others. They ARE the problem. “We've
already got homes for most of them." Then, there is the "But, it's my
right to have a litter if I want to!" Showing, clearly, that it's those
who don't know how to play as a team, that most assuredly help to loose
the game. Goodness, where are their heads? Let's see, 5,000,000 pompous
folks thinking like this X 5 pets per litter = 25,000,000 MORE pets into a
society that already has 8,000,000 or more pets to death each year, simply
due to a lack of homes.
GREED: Most of us want the easy way out. We
don’t take the appropriate action, so we ‘donate’ to these groups. The
large animal organizations want to make a living the easy way, too.
Example: Each year we give hundreds of $$MILLION$$ to the Humane Society
of the Unites States.
Oh, I'm sure they have a
highly paid Public Relations person who would provide ‘lip service’ to
argue this thought. They send us photos of helpless, caged animals,
while extending their hands asking for dollars to solve the problems. Has
it worked? NO! . And, we would believe them because top executives would
never lie to us, now would they?
Their high level executives make
salaries of over $250,000 per year.
This organization has bank
accounts with up to $$100 MILLION$$ just sitting there. They could easily
focus on one of the main problems in this country and solve it in a years’
time. But, they don’t. They are actually surviving on the failures of the
problems that we pay them to solve. We must admit the problems are ours
and ours to solve. Like our fanatical minority and religious leaders, our
large animal welfare organizations need their victims. Absent crime and
imaginary situations against their people and teachings, these
organizations disappear -- this means jobs. As long as they can convince
those who don’t know any better, they will survive.
PROPERTY STATUS: We're
only talking about ONE right concerning animals, the right NOT to be
viewed or classified as property. Then, of course there are the issues
surrounding insufficient animal protective legislation at all levels, as
well as the nationwide refusal to enforce existing laws or to prosecute
those who are offenders: most especially the verbiage used to describe
them as “PROPERTY” and ‘things’ referring to them as ‘its’.
The NRA has a huge role to
play in this argument. They certainly aren’t the brightest in the bunch –
just one of the largest. They support the hunters, who seem to say the
animals ‘belong’ to us. Somehow, I don’t believe our forefathers would
support our present views on guns, nor do I think our creator would be
pleased with our treatment of other beings on this planet.
Then, there are those who
place “Free to Good Home’ ads. This, once healthy and loved Doberman
Pincher “Mitsi” ended up in a home that raises and fights dogs. She was
hastily placed through a ‘Free To Good Home’ ad with no background check
or agreement with the adopting party. Mitsi died 2 weeks after this
picture was taken
Read below (by In
Defense of Animals and decide which would be best for your
OWNER: One who has legal title for, or right to,
or possession of an ‘item’ ‘thing’ or ‘object’.
GUARDIAN: One who
adopts a baby or an animal for reasons of providing necessary care,
nurturing, guidance and love, food water and shelter, in order to ensure a
safe and healthy and happy life WHICH DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST FOR YOU AND
WHAT DOES THIS DO TO OUR
It cuts through the very fabric of civilization. Hate groups
are gaining members in record numbers. Hate crimes and animal abuse cases
are both on the rise at alarming rates and can be directly linked to one
another. Some of the social problems include, but are not limited to:
criminal behavior towards animals and humans: weakened moral development:
poor academic achievement; and disinterest in academics and having an
extremely poor knowledge on such issues as basic care for companion
WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO
NEED TO REBUILD OUR ENTIRE WAY OF THINKING,
VIEWING AND TEACHING OF
REGARDING ANIMAL SAFETY AND WELL BEING!!
DO NOT ALLOW THE
LARGE HUMANE SOCIETIES TO CONVINCE YOU THE SOLUTION IS OUT OF REACH!!!
Obviously, changes need to occur. We need to break the chain of
ignorance that allows our youth to follow the behavior of their parents.
Those students who received the Humane Education program had significantly
higher knowledge scores related to humane treatment of animals as well as
humans and suggested awareness, empathy, and adoption of non-violent
conflict resolution techniques.
We realize Americans are
busier now than ever before. We must remember that the animals still need
our patience, understanding and love. It’s really quite simple – quite
elementary! Without this, by means of selfish and uninformed adults, they
will likely suffer, and possibly even die. But, it’s not going to happen
‘magically’ either. WE MUST ALL BE RESPONSIBLE!!
It takes all of us
working together. It means that we must all be aware of other's efforts to
prevent any duplication of efforts. If we know what others are
doing, it allows us to see what it is we need to do. Let’s make sure
that each of us takes that extra step and promise to speak out - to share
this information with those who are unlikely to visit this and other
similar sites. BEFORE YOU GET YOUR NEXT PUPPY, GO TO THE LOCAL AND AREA
DOG POUNDS 2 – 3 TIMES TO LOOK. YOU JUST MAY FIND THE DOG OF YOUR DREAMS,
DREAMING OF YOU!
IN THE HOUR IT WILL TAKE YOU TO BROWSE THROUGH THIS
SITE, 1,000 INNOCENT LIVES WILL BE LOST IN THE U.S. ALONE.
WE HAVE THE
KEY TO SOLVE THIS!
EVERYONE SHOULD CARRY THE TORCH FOR HUMANE
The General Public and
Rescue Efforts Responsibility
Americans: We cure diseases. We
invent things that change the world on a daily basis. We win wars in 100
days or less. We put a man on the moon over 40 years ago and have now
reached MARS. And we have the marketing prowess to change human existence
and habits on a global scale, but have not been able to properly relay
some very simple messages to society in regards to the overwhelming
mistreatment of Gods' other living beings. WHY?:
GENERAL PUBLIC AND
IT'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS
The purpose of writing this book is
to show how totally uninformed and out of touch the human race can be on
issues that involve and surround each one of us on a daily basis.
The constant positioning for fame and monetary donations by the larger
national groups, slandering of and by rescuers on so many levels against
each other and even the ignorance of judges who were to hear my case in
I'm willing to bet that most of you have learned things
already and were amazed to realize just how many problems we have and how
deeply they are embedded into our society - making it simply go away in
our minds. I hope those who read this book will be able to see just how
simple and inexpensive it would be if the decisions made, were somehow
based on solid research, testing, survey results,
It's difficult to imagine
that the pet store business is still such a strong market. Oh, don't
get me wrong, the animals are quite a crowd catcher at the mall and the
puppies and kittens would melt the hearts of most I would think.
But, seeing as though the larger organizations have a great deal of
knowledge on where these puppies and kittens come from, their health
being such an issue, the abuse that takes place with the breeding females,
the strong propensity for the 'spur of the moment' decision resulting in a
vicious circle of abuse and neglect. But, they have done little to
promote the evils of pet stores and to show them the facts, they
have done nothing to campaign strongly against the puppy mill operations
around the nation and I would venture to guess that if we took a poll at
the local pet store which displays puppies and kittens, that it would be
difficult to even find a patron that was aware of the difficult situations
these animals have come from.
One of the most surprising and
angering things I hear on a regular basis is 'I am going to breed my dog.
It's got AKC papers and has a disposition that others like" Of course, the
other sad excuses are 'accidental litters' or 'we wanted to breed our dog
once as we heard it helps the disposition of the mother'. What this
clearly tells me is two fold: The larger organizations have truly failed
to get this simple and foundational message of stopping overpopulation out
to the general public to the extent that they actually recognize that
EVERYONE must be on the same page and that each one of us truly matters in
the decisions we make.
I'm just trying to explain that, from my
experiences in working in animal protection for over 20years, most of the
major problems we face and experience on a daily basis can be so very
easily solved, solved quickly and without costing tax dollars and even
saving nearly $1 billion annually. The additional benefits of achieving a
more compassionate society are well documented by receiving a aggressive
humane education program in schools. The next generation should be as
prepared to handle this changing world as they can possibly be. We need to
teach them what the problems are and how to make better and more informed
decisions than we have made.
is another thing I don't quite understand. Here is what we know of
an 'outside' dog. It is more likely to bark and upset the neighbors,
causing complaints and disagreements, has a greater chance of escaping
repeatedly, is much more likely to bite an innocent visitor, will incur
hip problems, anger problems and be socially inept when in contact with
humans as well as other animals. Sadly, it is also going to
experience a much shorter life due to diseases and or being relinquished
by the humans to the animal facility.
I'm familiar with hundreds of dog breeds, but what's an
Unless you're medically intolerant of the dog (and
therefore can't take care
of him in a medical emergency, so you
shouldn't have the dog anyway), making
a dog stay outside is a costly
waste. If he's for protection, what do you
think I want to steal - your
When you leave, do you put your valuables and your kids out in
Just what is the dog protecting out there? Most dogs
kept outside cause far
more nuisance complaints from barking
escaping than any deterrent to intrusion. Such complaints cause
antagonism, release and poisoning.
With your dog a helpless
victim, it's no laughing matter.
If I'm a crook and your dog is
out, your fence protects ME, not your
possessions or your dog. If I
just open the gate, 9 out of 10 dogs will run
off! I can safely shoot,
stab, spear, poison, snare, strangle them, or dart
through the fence
and you just lost your dog AND everything I steal!
If he's tied up
and I keep out of reach, he's useless. He'll bark, but
bark so much, they're usually ignored. But let a dog hit the
of a door or window I'm breaking into, and I'm GONE! I can't hurt
dog until he can hurt me, and nothing you own is worth my
Deterrence is effective protection.
aggression are not the same. Protection is defensive,
passive, and threatens or injures no one. Aggression is
and offensive, threatens all and benefits none. Yard dogs
far more aggression than protectivity because everyone who
passes by or
enters has already violated the territory that dog has marked
times a day for years. That's not protection, it's not desirable
overlooks two facts of life today:
First, property owners have
implied social contracts with others in the
community. Letter carriers,
paper boys, delivery people, law enforcement,
personnel, meter readers and others are allowed near and
at times on
your property without your specific permission. And sure
ten-year-old was not supposed to jump your fence after his
neither you nor your dog are allowed to cause him injury
if he does. Imagine
this: A neighbor looks into your yard or window and
sees you, your wife or
child laying on the floor in a pool of blood.
They call 9-1-1 and your dog
prevents paramedics from assisting! Should
they shoot your dog or just let
Second, even if the intruder is a criminal, few places
allow you or your dog
to cause physical injury to prevent property
loss. Convicted felons have
sued the dog's owner from jail and won more
in the suit than they ever could
And don't be foolish enough to believe your homeowner's insurance
the loss. Now you see why many feel that an outside dog is a
The more a dog is outdoors, the less behavioral control
you have. It's
easier to solve four or five indoor problems than one
outdoor problem. The
reason is valid and simple: The more you control
the stimuli that reaches
your dog, the more you control the responses.
You've got a lot more control
over your living room than you do over
your entire county! When your dog is
bored, but teased by every dog,
cat, bird, squirrel, motorcycle,
paperboy, airplane, firecracker and
backfiring truck in the county, OF COURSE
he'll dig, chew, and
Would you sit still all day everyday? Do you want unnecessary
parasite fees, especially as the dog ages?
dog is alone indoors, you are still 30% there because your scent
things he associates with you, constantly remind the dog of you and
training. When he's out, your dog is alone whether you're home or
you really expect him to keep YOU in mind while the entire
distracts and stimulates him?
The media is full of
stories about the family dog saving everyone's life
during a fire. How
many people, including children, would be dead today if
those dogs were
kept outside? SURE - you ALWAYS get up to investigate every
yard dog barks. And I've got this bridge.
An outdoor dog has an
address, not a home. Dogs offer real value as
companion animals. Stop
behavior problems and start enjoying real protection
Bring your dogs inside.
See what Tammy has done with
with legislation and education successfully rallying against this
If the larger
organizations would place their focus on companion animals, the topic that
effects everyone in one way or another, they would then see that something
is being done, that things can be accomplished on a grand scale and that
we do have a responsibility in improving the lives of all living things. I
say this because the companion animal is all around us, has a stronger
effect on most families than an endangered primate far away, and would be
a very easy example if presented properly through schools and the
Presently, if one were to log onto the HSUS website, it is
so overwhelming and difficult to navigate, that you simply feel that you
are so insignificant. you loose hope quickly. I also believe that is one
of their strategies, so that folks will continue to give money and so that
the public does not expect to see many results during their lifetime.
After all, you cannot ignore the fact that their first and foremost goal
is to keep themselves in business through donations. THEN to fund animal
issues ''as they see fit''. Thus their expenditures of spending 90cents
for every dollar donated to funding their own survival through many 6
figure salaries, luxury office buildings and more. One thin dime for every
dollar is then spent on charity efforts towards animals - many of those
chosen charities are actually branch organizations which they themselves
own - thus taking that dime from one pocket and simply placing it into
another pocket. We'll get to more of this later, but if you have questions
on this, just try to get a public dialogue started with them and ask them
to explain this. They will clam up and shut down so tightly it's
The larger animal organizations have certainly made this
world a better place through their efforts. But when you consider the
ridiculous amounts of money that they receive each year, it is very clear
that much more could have been done through education to reduce the
suffering. We all need to be more pro active and to speak out to them, our
local authorities, by voting in candidates who share our beliefs and then
live up to their promises.
People in general are so very uninformed
about what is going on around them, who is creating the problems that cost
us billions annually in tax dollars to run the archaic, unprepared and
overworked animal control we've grown accustomed to or what it would take
to solve these problems. That is where humane education comes into the
In the past 20 years, Americans have donated an additional
$1billion annually to one of 3,000 non profits in this country that are
devoted to seeing change in the way we handle and care for animals.
Additionally, we have logged nearly 50 billion man hours on the same
problems. 50 billion man hours, $40billion with 3,000 groups working
towards the same goal!!!!! Are you kidding me? Why in the world would we
not be able to see some solutions by now?
With each of the larger
national groups working on their own agendas such as not eating meat, or
trying to rid society of even owning pets at all, they all work
separately. The efforts cannot seem to agree that they have so much in
common, nor work together to sustain a forward movement. One is radical,
the others are smooth in their presentations, but most are seen as 'tree
huggers' and nuts. They are very secretive about their innermost
operations and are loosing respect at an alarming rate. The simple
messages have not been delivered to the general public in a manner which
can implement results.
So, since each one of
the major national groups tells a different story to describe their
efforts and intentions, they are also striving for much different goals,
have differing agendas and believe it or not, they all have some level of
ego that keeps them going. These egos trickle down to the lowest of
all efforts as well. Egos that prevent them from joining another group or
combining efforts of existing groups. The problem here lies in the total
lack of a unified message to the media and the public. Then when you
figure in the constant and ongoing fundraising and inter mingle all that
with the politics that keeps their given organization afloat, it's more
than a mess out there. It's chaos in a big pot of pea
The problem with pets is one that will affect everyone at
some point in their lives. Yet NOBODY will ever discuss the proper care of
your pets. It's simply assumed that everyone knows how to put food
down and change the water once or twice a week. After all, nobody wants to
look foolish any more than we already do. This family has pets
altered. That family allows the occasional litter. The man down the
street ties his dog to a short chain. My mom brings all five of her
shepherds inside when ever they wish. They even have a doggy door.
Personally I have found that one single dog is just too much
trouble. I would never in my life have just one dog. By
getting a second one, they play and tire each other out. To a
given extent, I see how people could go their entire lives and not involve
themselves in a serious discussion on pet care for your particular home
Yet, if we were to
tackle and ultimately resolve the issues surrounding our beloved pets, the
rest of the animal issues would then have more meaning to the people and
would begin to take on a different light. The problem is presented to us
as an overwhelming and mind boggling world wide dilemma that just seems to
daunting to most. Therefore they tend to do nothing.
Remember that apathy is
the single largest hurdle we face if we want to see resolve in these
Since the problems upset
so many people, they prefer not to 'see' what they see or help out because
the feel no amount will make any difference. Our society has become
complacent in most of these issues. On the large scale, I understand that.
What I don't understand
is how people can see that their brother, or neighbor or boss is
mistreating their pets, or neglecting them or doing one or more of a
multitude of outrageously stupid behavior and treatment and nobody even
makes a quiet suggestion to him in hopes of improvement. ''Yea, he's
practically making his dog crazy or beating it at night time or rarely
remembers to feed and water the poor thing...... BUT ITS' REALLY NOT MY
PLACE TO SAY ANYTHING.'
I'm one of those people
who says it like it is. NO ROSE COLORED GLASSES AROUND HERE. I
not only can't tolerate people's ignorance of that damn elephant in
the middle of their living room, but am inclined to throw the glasses on
the floor and make the elephant step on them. When it comes to the
safety and well being of a pet in your care, YOU DARNED WELL BETCHA I'LL
SPEAK OUT. Studies have proven that there are very strong links
between those who abuse animals and those who will commit more violent
crimes later in life. Even for those who are 'ignorantly' neglecting
and/or abusing, there is a much stronger propensity for them to 'forget'
or simply not care to feed his pet or bring it in out of the freezing rain
for the night. The same person will run your elderly mother down
with his car as she crossed the street and then sue your family for
damage done to his car.
Quite different are
these ways of caring or in some ways not caring for pets. None are
illegal, but some could be viewed as somewhat abusive or in poor taste for
the dog's best health. So what if you are taken to court for a silly
ridiculous reason that would just boggle your mind, so you decide to fight
it, just on principal. All that you expect of yourself is that you will
drag it out in the court procedure and thumb your nose at the system that
has so many flaws. But when you appear in front of a judge ( or in my case
32 different ones in just 3 1/2 years) and most of them simply dismissed
the charges against me due to their total lack of knowledge surrounding
the issue at hand. When the agency that actually filed the charges
was asked by the courts to provide the description of the written
law, even they could not do it as one would expect.
just say before going any farther, that everyone involved in this case or
even living in the same county certainly came away with a much greater
understanding and appreciation of what a dog rescuer must go through to
avoid jail time, yet how very much they have in common with the animal
control officers and agency that are the source of most of their headaches
and nightmares. I'm trying to paint you a picture of all that
lead up to this, what I learned and how I learned it, but most
importantly, what I plan to do with the information. My
biggest challenge here is to write this in a way that everyone will see
the value and importance of humane education for almost every age and
income level of living humans, but really begin a serious effort to
include this in our nations' schools normal curriculum.
When I got
into training for my rescue dogs, I was even more amazed at how people in
southern CA would just give me $1,000 without blinking an eye, but then
expected their dog (s) to be trained from that point on - didn't want to
have to ''do '' things once they got the dog home. Since most of my
training was 'labeled' behavior modification' it was really only showing
the people that training, as most of you picture it in their mind, is not
necessary to have a good dog. If you will simply give the puppy or kitten
all the love, exercise and socialization for the first 2-3 years that it
is clearly telling you it needs, then you will most assuredly have one of
the best and most perfectly matched pets that anyone could ever ask for.
Likely to be at your side loving and protecting for upwards of 15 years
The ignorance of MOST people when they bring me a dog
that has an aggression problem - AND THEN TO GET THE HUMANS TO CHANGE
THEIR OWN BEHAVIOR is like pulling teeth. Quite frankly, the ignorance by
almost everyone on the issues of proper care and responsibility of their
pets is more than words can describe I believe. I decided that nationwide
humane education program was the best - no, the ONLY means of ever seeing
resolve towards the issues of protecting the animals.
activism, protests, bans or boycotts. Simple Knowledge. Understanding that
each of our decisions has an impact that causes harm, discomfort or death
to animals and the environment every day. So, why in the world has it been
going on so long and, although seeing some improvements, we still kill
good healthy living beings by the millions in this country each year. Not
for sport. Not for profit, and not for food or clothes, but simply out of
sheer ignorance of humans.
PUBLIC AND RESCUE
Throughout the book I plan to explain my role as a
rescuer: All that I wanted to do, all that I had to do to adopt the dogs
out, to avoid any battles with the law, and how it simply took over my
life in a very short time. When I believe in something, and am pushed
backwards a step, I then will push forward 2, maybe 3 steps regardless, in
order to show my point. By the same token, I could clearly see that rescue
was NOT where I needed to spend the rest of my life, but by using all the
ignorant and irresponsible stories that were given to me by the thousands
of families who ''WERE FORCED TO GET RID OF THEIR DOG'' for some
ridiculously weak excuse, I could take that information and put it to good
If ignorance is educate-able, the there just absolutely MUST
be some movement for humane education. Seeing how these otherwise educated
and caring folks just simply could not accept 'learning' a different way
to do things, and recognizing that I was much like that also in many
circumstances, I also realized right up front that this would not be
anything geared towards the adults, but to the children. Children are
already in the mindset of learning at school and have brains much like
sponges that will absorb anything we throw at them. Doing a good enough
job, we could only hope that they would also share their new found
knowledge with the adults in their homes also. Trying to teach an adult a
new and better way to provide for his/her pet is much like convincing your
spouse that YOU WERE RIGHT in that argument you had last night. Just ain't
I'd been taking my
Dalmatians into schools and classrooms for almost 10 years before I
began to think of a larger and more detailed and substantive program
on a nationwide scale, so by the time I re grouped my entire
presentation, included dogs other than Dalmatians
Those rescue women are
idiots and you will hear me confirm this several times in this book.
Anyway, I actively pursued other dogs and have a black lab, basset hound,
white German shepherd, pit bull and a full coyote. I'm so glad I expanded
It was AFTER I thought of taking this to a much larger
scale when I finally began experiencing all this trouble in Riverside
County with their 'Hillbilly Mafia' called the Board of Supervisors and
the criminal element who ran and still does run the Riverside County
Animal Control in Riverside as well as the Lake Elsinore Animal Friends
who seem to spend most of their time wallowing and basking in the
imaginary fame and accomplishments and never really seem to get anything
of substance done. Oh Wait, They do get a lot of political rumblings and
jabs at any and all other animal groups, so that they would always remain
at the top of the heap and continue to be the most favored and most
respected. NOTHING WILL STAND IN THEIR WAY to assure their first place
standing will be a battle to the death with anyone who feels they may
challenge it. This was their way of 'working together' and always amazed
I was in this for the true reason of helping the animals. NOT
ONCE DID I THINK OF DOING THIS SO I COULD MAKE MORE FRIENDS!!! And, it's a
good thing, too.
The reason for writing this book is to
incorporate my trials and tribulations of battling with authorities
and to show just how totally ignorant we all were when this first
began. All the way up through the animal control officers and even
to many of the judges I appeared in front of. If you have a weak
stomach or are quite emotional don't worry at all. We will laugh,
cry, hate, fear and much more. While reading this book
you'll be pulling your hair out in clumps and will likely threaten to take
someone's life out of sheer frustration. A week stomach and
'emotional' states will be welcomed after you're done here.
When I first arrived in Southern California I lived in the
Hollywood hills for two years and then moved to Dana Point along the beach
between the Harbor and the Ritz Carlton. My experiences with rescue
efforts came in every imaginable shape, size color, smell and degree of
difficulty. I had my Dalmatian as well as one of her puppies at my side
everywhere I went. Not being a drinker or dancer, I spent my weekends
walking along Sunset or Hollywood Blvds for entertainment and was
sometimes viewed as 'the entertainment' as well. People would approach me
to ask if I would be able to take their Dalmatian because it was just not
behaving for them. This would happen 2-3 times per year. Each one of them
came into our home and just couldn't have been nicer. No aggression, no
pottying in the house, Followed the lead of Maddy and Aja quickly, so
there was no trouble at all. It certainly didn't take long for me to see
that people did not understand this breed and soon after that recognized
that most Americans don't understand their pets in general and don't care
to learn either.
Then when my vet suggested that I list myself as a
rescuer I was surprised to hear of such a thing, but did so immediately.
Within a month, I was getting calls 2 times a week for people who wanted
to get rid of their Dalmatians. Since I was living in a one bedroom condo,
that was not possible, but I was willing to go to their home and help them
see their way through to having a dog very like mine. They even began to
pay me for that. I thought it was a good way to make friends. Thus I
formed California Canine College and appointed myself the Dean of
Students. Tuition for your child included housing, all class time and
food. It was very soon overwhelming, though. The surprising part was that
I got a call from a woman named Carol Harris president of the southern Ca
Dalmatian Breeders Club or something and she just questioned me, my
knowledge of the breed, my tactics for placing the dals and ultimately at
the end of the 90 minute phone call, said that she would do anything and
everything possible to get me out of Dalmatian Rescue efforts because I
was jeopardizing their very safety and existence with my ignorance of the
breed. Most of all, her anger was due to my failure to bow down and salute
at her presence. She was like that.
I even went to a dog show once
to meet some of the Dal people and although they were very nice, she was
very rude and just told me to get the hell out of there. Now over the
following three years, I was getting emails and phone calls from people
telling me that at the beginning of every meeting, she would spend about 5
min at the start, by raking my name over the coals and placing the fear of
God into the souls of all her members. Now mind you, I was not aware of
any 'application process' or hiring that was required, I was simply
helping these animals to find a better home the second time around. Never
took money for that. So what's the problem? Well, you see, it was Carol's
'domain of power' and her two cohorts in crime, Connie Light and Carol
Herboldt both did their fair share of slamming my name and spreading
rumors and lies as well. Just a trio of 'lovely women'.
contract that I had, (which although most rescuers do have contracts -
they fail to enforce them) was simple. Feed your dogs ''this'', allow them
to sleep inside the house at night and a limited number of other things
including the fact that if I ever had proof that these were being broken,
I could come and remove the dog from their home. There were several
occasions when I would pass by an adoptees' home and find the dog tied to
a post at 9:30 at night while the family was inside watching TV. As you
can expect, when I approached the residents to take the dog, they would
slam the door in my face, come at me with a baseball bat or even worse. I
would then call the police and explain the situation and they would
usually tell me that is a civil matter and they could do nothing. My reply
to them was '' Well, being the peace officers you are, you can either come
now and prevent a massive battle from developing or you can come in 20
minutes when the neighbors begin reporting several people fighting
violently out into the streets." They were always there in short order.
Thanks to the contents and signature on the contract I presented, they
would allow me to take possession of the dog and suggest the homeowner sue
me if they felt I had overstepped my bounds. Nobody ever
Having already experienced many news articles and TV news
features in L.A. I would receive calls from 'anonymous sources telling me
that their neighbors had a Dalmatian that was being mistreated or in one
occasion, neglected. This family in Newport Beach had gone on vacation and
tied their dal to a tree. After receiving many inches of rain and them
extending their vacation for another 10 days, I arrived at the home, with
the neighbors there to guide me and the poor dog was soaking wet, his food
all floating in the rain water and he just jumped into my arms with glee.
We named him Lightning and he was a phenomenal dog. He'd not had any love
or attention in his short life and was grateful to be treated with love
and respect. The neighbors all called once I returned home to thank me. So
many times I drove past that home and had I ever seen anyone home, I would
have stopped in to tell them what I thought of them and exactly what I
I would receive some of the most ignorant calls you could
imagine. ''I have a litter of puppies that you have to take - we don't
want them'' and then demand that I pay them $50 each. When asked why they
didn't have their two dogs spayed and neutered, their reply was ''Well, we
got brother and sister and didn't think they could get pregnant." I always
wondered, with a stupid comment like that if they had ever checked their
own family tree.
More than once I received a call from women who
would cry and cry about how they hated to part with their beloved dog, but
that their decorator had insisted they change the color scheme in the
living room to earth tones and that the Dalmatians no longer matched.
''We've already adopted two cocker spaniels and the Dalmatians must
''Has anyone ever called you a bitch"? and then, out of the
clear blue sky, they would become angry. Go figure.
Then the most
common is how they hated to loose their wonderful pet, but were moving
into a place that didn't accept dogs. They why would you move into a place
like that? Trust me, with California being one of the most difficult
places to rent with a pet, I was always able to rent EVEN THOUGH they knew
I did rescue and would come with my two plus the occasional 2-3 extras
until they found homes. So, renting, although more difficult to find, is
certainly an option.
One young man who had adopted a Dalmatian from
me called and said he was getting 'some difficult reactions' from Ms.
Harris and Ms. Herboldt due to the fact that his family had spent some
enormous amount of money on one of her prime championship breeding puppies
from her several months earlier and then he and his family had recently
adopted one of my available rescue dogs. her comment was 'You put that low
life dog pound trash with my championship puppy????? And followed up with
threats to sue them and take the dog away. Hard feelings all around
But the young man come down
with his two dogs one evening so all the dogs could play. Living in San
Juan Capistrano at the time, we sat around and talked while the dogs
played. Then we walked all the way to the beach with them and let them get
wet and walked home. After arriving home, I continued to work on
refinishing a desk I had started.
The young man watched me in
the garage as he sat in the yard with all the dogs and we still continued
to talk. At 12:30pm a Costa Mesa Police car showed up into my driveway and
from the back seat emerged Carol Harris and the young man's parents. (by
the way, the guy was 21, graduated college and was NOT out after curfew)
The Problem of his having her championship dog in the same home as a damn
dirty rescue dog ESPECIALLY ONE THAT THAT RANDY WARNER PLACED WITH YOU was
still not resolved, but on this particular evening, he had been scheduled
to go to Carols' house for some show training and failed to appear.
When she found out where he
had gone and that he had taken BOTH dogs down to my house, she began to
scream at the parents ''YOU DO KNOW THAT RANDY WARNER IS GAY DON'T YOU????
HE'S BEEN IN JAIL BEFORE. WHY, RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE HE'S PROBABLY GOT
YOUR YOUNG INNOCENT SON TIED AND GAGGED AND BENT OVER A BARREL WHILE WHO
KNOW 'S WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE POOR DOGS.
After several irate and
frightening calls to the parents, they felt they should be erring on the
side of caution and agreed to come down to my home. That still wasn't
satisfactory to Carol. She actually put in a report of a missing boy at
the hands of a sexual deviant and convinced the Costa Mesa police (30
miles away) that they absolutely must go down there so they could catch me
in the act and save the man's life.
When they pulled into the
driveway, all four dogs were laying down beside him after a lot of fun
that afternoon and evening. He and I nearly 30 feet apart and were
exchanging smart remarks and jabs and laughing as the police car pulled
Ms. Harris got out of the back seat of the police car and
didn't know quite what to say. Dogs are more than fine and the young man
is safe and obviously sticking around at his own will. His parents were
not completely surprised and took me aside and said that they truly didn't
wish to come to my home - especially this way. The son was MORTIFIED. Very
angry at Carol and somewhat embarrassed at the actions of his parents that
really embarrassed him that evening.
As time progressed, he and I
lost touch. But I spoke to his sister several years later. She had taken
my rescue dog and he had kept the show dog to avoid legal action by Carol.
Throughout this period of years, the media just found a story in
my efforts somehow and began doing stories on me in LA Times, several
smaller local papers and even on the Los Angeles TV News several times.
This did not sit well with Queen Carol and her court. After all, they had
done this longer and placed more dogs that I had, so why in the world
would they dig my ass out of the gutter and make me look like a good
person. In time, I began to have little respect for any of the Dalmatian
rescue people because they would all rather jump on the bandwagon to fault
me and paint my efforts in an unflattering light because they were all
followers. They had no choice but to follow Carol Harris. She was a
When visiting a dog park the following year, a woman
approached our group of Dalmatian owners to inform us that Carol Harris
had died. Since I was the only one who had really met her, the rest did
know who she was ., I got up on the table and danced a to a chorus of
'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead”.
The bickering and backstabbing
has become so outrageously vicious and time consuming among the nation's
rescuers that I hesitate to say that the internet has actually harmed
their otherwise noble efforts. My goodness, the damage that they can do to
I've gotten caught up with organizations such as
Bear Mountain Dog Rescue in Big Bear CA where the woman, Myriam Mourani
had formed a rescue, but allowed all her dogs to suffer tremendously using
the excuse that she didn't have the funds to help them, but still refused
to allow others to visit her facility to help out. Dogs dying of rattle
snake bites, lack of food and water and animal control only happened to
visit when the containers were full so never wrote her up. Rescues from
all over were trying to offer help in an effort to get in and help to
close her down and save the remaining animals. She just exploded when they
wanted to know what was going on. The caretaker she hired was a heroine
addict and had muscular dystrophy and couldn't even leave his trailer. Was
also forced to use the bathroom outside with no plumbing or portable
facilities. He died there of an overdose and was found 3 days
Financial discretions began to surface from all parts of
southern CA. After many complained to authorities, they charged her with
scamming senior citizens out of millions of dollars and spending it on
'stuff'. Breast enlargement, paying off her divorce attorney, flying her
boyfriend to Tahiti - all the money was donated to her to save her
animals. The court ruled that she could have no further involvement in non
profits or animal related activities and to sell her sanctuary. She did
none of that and is still operating the facility with 5 or 6 dogs and
never missed a step. I testified on behalf of the US Postal authorities
for fraudulent mailings as well as the State Atty General's office for
much misconduct I'd presented evidence against the legitimacy of her
Henry county Kentucky's judges brought high school students
to the local dog pound to shoot them for $3/hr. they weren't a very good
shot because for years, locals near the dump site complained that they
were kept awake due to animals crying all night long that were not yet
dead. The judges did nothing until Dateline came out to do a story. Hurray
for the two men who secretly video taped this horrific crime.
addition to this, throughout the rescue world, the bickering, finger
pointing, backstabbing and slanderous remarks against each other is to a
level of disbelief. They never have solid information, but only hearsay
from those who they just slammed and belittled the week prior. It's more
of a game for positioning to all of them than an effort to save the
Here is an article regarding
the Las Vegas groups that appeared in AR-NEWS in 2003:
MAKES CONSCIOUS DECISION TO KILL MORE ANIMALS THAN OTHER CITIES IT'S SIZE.
Lives, nor even the safety of innocent animals fall short of the almighty
"Oh, Praise Mary Hero Almighty" or so she demands anyway.
TO: The Las Vegas Media Community and Residents
likely that many of you who live in the Vegas area will ever see this or
have a single idea that this huge scandal exists and is continuing in your
As in all crime stories, there is a 'boss' and the
'triggerman' or in this case 'trigger woman'. Janie Greenspun will play
the part of the 'boss' here and her 'trigger woman' will be known as Mary
Hero who made her millions from the Animal foundation.
women are about to launch yet another campaign to raise millions off the
backs of dying innocent animals through deceitful and highly questionable
fundraising practices they've made so much money from over the years right
under your noses. It seems as though using the poor animals to raise funds
for their luxurious homes and lifestyles isn't enough. Since the
mainstream public in Las Vegas has no time to find out the facts, the two
women are now the likely candidate to receive the County's animal control
contract in 2005 issued by the Clarke County Supervisors - worth $millions
- yes, the same ones who are under investigation by the FBI on several
illegal dealings and operations they have been involved with, USING YOUR
TAX MONEY!! One would quickly assume that the entire group is somehow
involved in undermining the reputation as well as the operations of the
city. The Clark County board of supervisors is likely to award the
contract for animal control to her in 2005. There are other qualified
entities in Clark County who would be much more suitable for this
contract, but until the public realizes that the problems that the animal
facilities face is actually the fault of the community at large, the
awarding of this contract seems to be a given. The county refuses to
budget appropriately and nobody receiving this contract will be able to
make the appropriate changes that make the difference until the community
is made aware of who is actually running the majority of the animal orgs
and learn to make necessary changes in their lives as well.
simple fact that they have spent so much time in pointing fingers and
accusing others of so many things, proves three things: 1.these two women
do NOT hold the safety and welfare of the animals in the highest esteem
and would rather divert the public's attention away from what isreally
going on , 2. they forget what they are 'supposedly' accepting the money
to accomplish - as if there just arent' enough animals to help, so they
use extra time and money to make this a competition, and 3. the community
is quite unaware that they are being 'taken' in this game they play.
NOBODY WINS, but the animals really loose. Now, it's not the millions of
dollars they've made from running the Animal Foundation for so many years.
Anyone who can solve these problems in a community or our nation should be
made a billionaire on the spot. But the animal problems continue in Clarke
County. This type of bickering leaves the good people who actually try to
help the animals, to fend for themselves and eat off the bottom of the
barrel. They are the ones who will really make a difference, but are
pushed aside and forced to close.
Janie, the 'boss' is known to
sue anyone who just might stand up and look as if they may be pointing a
finger at her. Many even suggest fear of personal injury or harm to
themselves, by Mary Hero and her daughter, should they speak out. One who
is actually being the complete opposite of a caring individual is most
appropriate to describe Ms. Greenspun. Finally, one who needs to be
exposed and stopped.
The attempted ouster of Hero came last summer
just a few weeks after the entire management team of the Lied Animal
Shelter from 2001-2002 called for Mary Herro's removal as president. This
team included two veterinarians, and three managers, and the former
director of operations there.. They all stood together to blow the whistle
on the fraud and mass killing at the Lied Animal Shelter, particularly
after Mary reinstated her horrible daughter Stacy as the manager of the
shelter. The result? More than 800 killings in just one month -- June of
2002!! (The board did demand and receive Stacy's dismissal.)
Meanwhile, they raise money and hold themselves out as a no-kill
sanctuary. This while animals are slaughtered just for having ringworm or
kennel cough, or are killed in mass numbers out of Lost & Found -
never even making it to adoptions - if considered old, ugly, or otherwise
chosen for death. In addition, many know that the Animal Foundation failed
its two audits by the city
(one in 1998, the other in 2001).
So, hundreds of thousands of animals are now poised to head to the
notorious Animal Foundation over the next several years to come. The
Foundation has sued many of its most vocal critics, and the Nevada SPCA
and others, hoping to bankrupt everyone who dare stand in their way and
squash our voices in favor of humane care for animals. The suit is
completely malicious, and we're still considering actions we'll take
against the Foundation for filing the SLAPP Suit (strategic lawsuit
against public participation).
In March, in a very high profile
case locally, the Foundation mistakenly and needlessly euthanized a
family's sweet dog. You can probably review this coverage by searching
www.lvrj.com under "Murrieta" and "Animal Foundation." They admitted it
was their fifth mistaken euthanasia in just
30 days or so!
next step in this sad story comes June 23rd at the meeting of the county's
Animal Advisory Committee which will review the county's proposed contract
with the Foundation. The committee does not appear to be an independent
one -- it has never seemed to oppose the head of county animal control,
who is apparently instrumental in getting them appointed. So, there's
virtually no hope that the committee will do much of anything but
rubber-stamp the proposed contract.
Then, the county commission
can race the contract through this summer while it hopes most people
aren't paying attention!
The very least that Greenspun and Hero
could do is to take their 'hard-earned' monies they have stolen and apply
it towards some humane education in the local schools. The entire valley
could use education on humane issues, stricter laws for backyard breeders
who are the single largest contributing factor, and more low cost spay
neuter clinics. Those students who have completed a fact-based, aggressive
humane education courses which range from 3-5 hours per school year by
volunteers, actually have a higher grade point average, develop less
violent resolution techniques, improved attendance and much more
responsible behavior than their parents. Children would learn that, in
order to reduce taxes, reduce the number of unwanted pets and killings
that accompany them, eliminate the platform for unscrupulous business
people who gain from the problems and to have a more compassionate
community - even society, you must begin teaching humane education in the
schools so they can make the correct decisions to do it right in the first
It would be a sad legacy to leave the children of the Las
Vegas area to have them and the rest of the nation and the world, see that
Las Vegas feels that moral have no place in business. No doubt there is
more to the story, but this is a start. This author suggests that all
animal organizations in Las Vegas make a concerted effort to seeing humane
education in the Clark County School System for one full year and leave
the name of their orgs on the side line. Only the message to the young
people has any value for this period of 365 days.
Now, within the
week after this article ran in AR _NEWS, it was also published in Las
Vegas City Life. It was then that I began to recieve calls from Greenspun
supporters and even her daughter. Each one of them wanted to work their
magic to convince me that I was wrong, but spent most of their time
belittling all other groups, trying to defend their name and
I also recieved a call from the Nevada SPCA - Doug is
the supervisor there. Again, did not wish to speak of the issues that
would clean up the mess but chose to spend his time belittling the other
organizations and showing how they should be forced to close.
most interesting call I recieved was a conference call from the San Diego
Area who had just recently hired Mary Hero's daughter just 3 months
earlier, and with great regret, had just read my article. ''What would you
suggest we do Mr. Warner? We've not had any adoptions during her reign
here and ended up killing over 1,000. She refuses to allow anyone into the
facility for adoptions claiming she has to clean up ''our'' messes.' I
told them to hang up the phone and call the police and get a restraining
order against her returning to the facility ever again.
brought up the idea of merging together in order to present a unified
front for humane education, none of the three entities who called wanted
to listen to the idea, but to make sure that I was aware that they had
already begun a program like this. The AF response, "Mr. Warner, I'll have
you know we do already have a very substantial humane education program
for the schools in place and we're working on limited funds." Knowing that
they had just recently received a grant specifically for humane education
in the amount of $50,000, I asked her to explain. ''We spent three full
days with two of our volunteers in the local school for the mentally
Then there was a pause and I finally broke in to ask
'' And what happened to the remaining 278,000 students in the Clark County
School System? Is that what you plan to spend the $50,000 on?'' Her
answer? ''Mr. Warner, you obviously don't understand how to get these
programs implemented into a classroom. That money is long gone and we
spent it wisely." So, 3 days in a classroom with 2 volunteers cost them
$50,000? Of course when I reminded them that there were still
278,000 students who were unaccounted for in her humane education program,
she hung up on me.
There is a tremendous amount
of money in animal protection movement. People can see with their
own eyes all the animals that are being saved. Not nearly as many
people have the vision towards education. That is clearly why it is not
being followed up on, nor why the funding is not there. The general
public cannot 'see '' it.
Each one was determined to convince me
that they were the only ones that mattered and the other one was
Hero has been fired and then rehired several
times over the years. She has enough money saved from her time heading up
the AF that she can bring attorneys to her defense at the drop of a hat.
The very first call I received was from Mr. Brown, an attorney who spent
an hour and a half questioning my involvement with other
The end result was that each and every representative from
the various organizations I spoke to was determined to convince me why
they 'CAN'T' work together on such an effort as opposed to any of them
listening to the project outline or trying to view a unified front. Each
one also determined to convince me that their organization should be the
only one who should be respected and allowed to continue.
all failed to help the animals? I would have to say in this particular
community - one with an exploding population, an absolute
Absolute Power corrupts, absolutely!!!
Compare this to
Flagstaff AZ where each and every one of the animal organizations work
together to support the other. When a community event takes place they all
attend and anxiously listen to the success stories of the others. When the
occasions arise where one or more are unable to attend a given event, the
others take it upon themselves to include flyers and info regarding the
missing groups, to ensure their 'presence' for that event. It comes back
to the end result of everyone working together to help the
Politics is a natural means of positioning in all walks of
life. However, it kills animals.
For those of you who find this odd
and out of place from what you assumed about the rescue world, please read
the following. It was written by a fellow rescuer out of Colorado and is
so very appropriate to this part of the entire story.
Today's Rescue Efforts
I am saddened to see a disturbing trend that
Animal Rescue people around the country can become entrenched in the
political and personality conflicts that seems to defeat the whole
purpose of rescuing those more defenseless then ourselves. I'm sure
this is nothing new, however it's something that Need's to become
It appears to me that by the very nature of the work we
do, trying to save as many animals as we can, we can become lost in the
concept that ONLY *I* can do the job right. Instead of noting how much
someone IS doing we feel the need to point out the things that they
aren't doing, or that we might do differently. Unfortunately that is
the very disease that corrupts the foundation of Animal Rescue. It is
easy to become so focused on the bad things that we see, we forget
about the good things we see. This continuous negativity, can strangle
the roots of any rescue organization and cause irreparable damage. When
time and energy is spent focusing on personality conflicts and
intolerance of other methods that might not exactly match our own, it
takes that much time and energy away from the business of saving
In a perfect world all VOLUNTEERS would have 28 hours a
day to dedicate to the animal rescue work that they do. Everyone would
agree on training methods, care protocols, and placement standards.
Each foster would have enough room to house all their foster animals in
a home atmosphere instead of a kennel, the rescue organization would
have enough money to furnish the best food, treats, and absolute
maximum suggested veterinary care available.
But alas, this is
not a perfect world. Rescue VOLUNTEERS juggle jobs, family, their own
pets, medical issues, personal problems, AND their volunteer work.
Standards shift, beliefs and ideals may clash with others, but I choose
to believe that each VOLUNTEER is doing everything THEY believe they
can to help the organization. And I haven't walked in their shoes. I
don't know what bills they can and cannot pay, at fights they may be
having with family and friends. I don't know how many hours they
already dedicate to Rescue so I shouldn't judge what they do give.
Today as I sit at work, juggling Animal Rescue calls about various
issues, this whole struggle sinks home.
Would I be appreciated for
the things I had done, the accomplishments I had achieved, for the
effort I made, or would I be criticized for my methods, judged by all
that was left to be done?
In this electronic, fast past, hectic
world I believe we have at times lost sight of the very foundation of
"good will to man". We have forgotten, or don't have time to remember,
that, caring, compassion, and kindness are the very foundations of what
Animal Rescues are based on.
So the next time we are prone to
criticizes someone else's job, point out their flaws or faults,
discourage someone else's efforts because their methods don't match
ours we need to stop. We need to consider their efforts. We need to
praise and acknowledge the good they ARE doing. If we want to save
animals we have to save ourselves from each other first. Otherwise we
lose the very people who are willing and able to help us accomplish our
goals. We need to stop jumping to conclusions and attacking each other
before we discover the facts and consider all options and
Our methods may be different, our standards may not be
identical, but our goals are the same. Words can hurt, they do cause
pain, they can scar, and they can cause retreat, flight, and failure.
Or they can cause hope, they can cause accomplishments, they can cause
change and success. We decide which by our actions, our tolerance, and
our understanding. Are we going to work to our maximum potential or are
we going to get lost in the struggles of politics and egos? And who
suffers the most when we are lost?