Channel 8 Insults Animal Rescuers; Saving Animals Is No Turf War Concerning Tom Best's comments 


Channel 8 Insults Animal Rescuers

Let me get this straight. Tom Best, WRIC TV-8's station manager, says opponents of the SPCA's "Compassionate Solution" are just worried that "if the pet problem is solved there may not be a reason for them to be around" [street talk, July 10]?

Believe me, we all want to end euthanasia. It's just that we all do not have the budget to run a big PR campaign, buy advertising on his station or give our volunteers (as opposed to employees) "compensatory time off" and reward (bribe?) them with pizza. Our money is spent on the animals.

Susan DeFazio

Director (unpaid), Powhatan Animal League

Saving Animals Is No Turf War Concerning Tom Best's comments:

I'll be 50 this year and here's how I've spent every bit of my free time in my 40's:

Checking Richmond's alleys for dogs on short chains without food, shelter or water; collecting and distributing doghouses to the needy; cajoling scared, starved strays to come with me; setting traps for the ones who wouldn't come. Returning twice a day to check the trap.

Giving the 10 to 20 rescuees who live at my house all the care and comforts I could. Loading eight dogs and crates into my truck every Saturday to go to the AARF's adoption stand. Working a second job so I could afford the things animals need.

I promise that, far from being disappointed if the SPCA "solves Richmond's pet problem," I and other rescue people who have given up our free time and many of life's little pleasures to do the work that has to be done would have our prayers answered.

Until then, we will have to watch these animals we care about so much be killed en masse since, when the SPCA turns them away, there will literally be no room for them at the city pound. That, not turf, Mr. Best, is the issue.

Mari Valentenyi

Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation


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