More Kill or No Kill?

The interview with the new leader chosen to run the TOHAS, Cindy Iacopella is filled with hope and promise, but she has a long road ahead of her, given the acrimony and hostility that has been in place for some time now, between the Town Board and shelter management vs the taxpayers, volunteers and animal advocates in the Town of Hempstead. It has been a "Them vs Us" for far too long, and with good reason.  Volunteers and rescues are crucial and the key to the success of any effective shelter program.  People who had devoted years of their lives as volunteers, saving the lives of many thousands of cats and dogs during that time, were dismissed without due cause or explanation.  The reasons need to be made public or else they need to be invited back, if they still wish to come.  The work they did was important and valued by the rest of the community.  They have never gotten their due or their day in court. The air needs to be cleared.

The new director will have to get a handle on things and get her policies in place quickly, in order to have credibility. These must not be obvious PR activities without merit, or apple polishing endeavors, but rather a committed and genuine effort to save lives.  That is what it is all about.  The killing of all healthy/treatable adoptable animals must end, and sooner rather than later.  The animal loving/advocacy/rescue community congratulates Ms Iacopella on her new appointment and will do everything possible to assist her in achieving No Kill for the TOHAS.  "Just ask and you will receive. Be up-front, transparent and caring about animals and you will be embraced and admired by all.  Success will be its own reward." 

Zelda Penzel, Co-founder

SOS: Save Our Shelter Animals

NY, NY

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