Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ninja's Against Animal Cruelty

New Chapter In
Jefferson County NY:

Ninja's Against Animal Cruelty of Jefferson County NY (NAAC) was founded to address the need for strengthening the human/animal bond in our community. It is our hope that through community involvement we can alleviate animal suffering through rescue, advocacy, education, and rehabilitation. We will explore animal cruelty laws to ensure that they are clear and precise for long term solutions. 

We believe that with some temporary assistance, many animals can remain in their current homes instead of being admitted to animal shelters. It is our hope to create programs to assist with food, supplies, transportation, foster care and support to keep families intact with their pets.

We believe in creating a low cost spay/neuter program for the people of Jefferson County for the purpose of reducing unwanted births and unfortunate deaths of animal offspring. We plan to aggressively educate about the inhumanity of puppy mills, "Backyard Breeders" and spontaneous adopting. 

We shall implement programs and provide services to promote responsible pet ownership.

This is a Facebook Closed Group, you must be invited by a member.... and yes it is worth it.....


Mauser*Girl said...

I applaud the idea behind this, but here are a few thoughts from someone who has spent years doing rescue (temperament evaluations, transports, fostering, home visits, etc.), dog training, and just putting out information, help, and advice:

(1) Have a public Facebook group where people can contact you and where you can post links and information for people. A closed group is great for coordinating activities with your membership, but remember that your goal is to first and foremost educate.

(2) It has been my experience that most people who would drop their cat or dog at the shelter are doing so not because they have no other choice, but because their pets are disposable.

I've seen the hundreds of posts stating that they don't have "enough time", "need to move", "are PCSing", "don't have enough room", "doesn't get along with the other pet", "husband/child/wife/cousin twice removed is allergic", etc. etc.

The vast majority of the time, they never ask for any help or information. They ask that the pet "must be gone by x date" or they will "go to the pound." They ask that you pay an adoption / rehoming fee to "ensure a forever home" which they, themselves, are so unwilling to provide because it's too much of a bother.

I would say out of every 100 people claiming they MUST give up their beloved pet because they have no other choice, maybe a handful actually have no other choice and would welcome a helping hand, foster, referral to pet-friendly housing, etc. The rest just want the pet gone, no matter how pathetically they word the ad.

Unknown said...

Mauser Girl,
Greetings, My name is Danyon Youngs and I am the media & Marketing director for the board. I really appreciate your insight, as we are just getting things started and up and running. We had initially intended to keep the group closed until we had a few people on board but, to be honest, it expanded like wildfire. We are so very thankful for that, however, now that the group is so large it will not allow me to change it to an open group.
We are going to discuss creating a Page at our next meeting and getting that up and running after we discuss certian "kinks" in the page creation.
I 100% appreciate your insight and experience and would love that have you in the group. Please feel free to send an request and we will add you! Anyone with experience in this is encouraged to join and help our cause!
Again, Thank you so much!