to "invisible AKC" for
Help and Answers to Questions re HSUS
Bullmastiff Club V.P.
with great sadness and despair that I make this post. For the past week I have
worked to no avail to help recover some of our breed from the clutches of the
Lamar-Dixson rescue facility in Gonzales, LA. Today (9/19/05) we are told they
are no longer there. At this point we don't know where they have been sent. It
is possible they have been claimed by their families. More probable is the
reality they have been moved to other shelters. Whether they are private, kill,
or no-kill shelters we don't know. We have no way of finding out. We know there
have been five we have lost track of. There was one reunification that was
facilitated by a volunteer. For that we are most grateful.
The bottom line is Parent Club Rescue programs are being turned away from
the HSUS run relief operations in Gonzales. Don't get me wrong. The under taking
there is of a magnitude that I can't even begin to describe. It is truly the
Super Dome of the dog world right now. I will
say that conditions are significantly better now than they were four days ago.
There are many working countless hours without much sleep but there are more
running around wanting only to be seen. In other words the bright blue shirts
with the boldly imprinted yellow letters of
the HSUS were not covered in feces or sweat. There are way too many
chiefs and not enough Indians present. It's easy to condemn the efforts of some
but I don't want that to be the case here. They are there and they are working
in what ever capacity that FEMA and the USDA has requested.
My issue comes with what we the member clubs of AKC are doing to protect our
own. Tough words one would think. Fighting words for those of the HSUS that are
there. I don't think I have been living under a rock. I take the phrase of "The
Preservation of Purebred Dogs" very
seriously. Members of our national rescue have been repeatedly turned away by
HSUS workers with harsh words. "There are more dogs here to be helped than
just your breed", "You people are partly to blame for this mess", and "We don't
want you here" are just a few of the comments that were directed at us. All the
while we have been trying to find out how we can retrieve brachycephalic dogs
from the heat and chaotic environment of Lamar-Dixson.
One would think that among the many tents displaying the logos and banners of
state and regional rescue groups, HSUS, ASPCA and PETA you would find an AKC
tent or table. AKC DOES have a good man making the rounds of the shelters. There
is still not a visible AKC presence to be seen. Our calls to AKC have been received with conciliatory mannerisms
consistent with a well trained public relations approach. But have left us
feeling even more helpless. AKC's explanation of simply being a facilitator
doesn't seem to work for me right now. Nor the fact that they claim their hands
are tied. They may very well be. All I ask is that you don't tell me how
wonderful things are right now according to a report you have received or what
has been done. If you haven't been there personally or experienced it first hand
then let's just leave it at that.
My questions are why do we have to settle in this situation? Why can't we rock
the boat just enough to get our dogs out? Why have you sent out press releases
spinning the situation toward what has been given rather than address the needs
of the breeds that are trapped at the facility? Why hasn't someone attempted to
contact the Parent Clubs and started a formal request for volunteers to help
there? The random emails stating they are in need of volunteers may make us feel
good but that is all it is doing. Can you the AKC help us find what shelters our
breed dogs have been sent to? Why has the AKC missed an opportunity to show
publicly that we care? Or at minimum be proud enough to display our colors.
Seemingly simple questions although pointed and revolving around a tragic
situation. Our clubs did and are responding to the September 9th request from
AKC for help with funding. I do care about all the dogs,cats, horses, and
various other pets that are housed at this facility. We as a club did
donate funds to AKC/CAR for these purposes. It almost makes to much sense to get
what we can out of there to make room for those who are still coming in. In a
report on CNN today they claim there is no more room at the shelters. I
understand we are dealing with
HSUS and a large problem however can't we find a way at the top to help our own?
Why can't we help the tens of Goldens, the barn full of Rotties(Rottie
rescue is present but they have been limited as to what they can do), the Boxer
bitch ready to whelp, the old Pointer that is struggling in the heat, the
Chesie, the Danes, and the countless other pure bred dogs that are
there? I understand the Dobies are getting out.
If someone is reading this and knows how I would love to hear from them.
I have no grandiose ideas that the AKC can or would be a knight in shining armor
or the keeper of all dogs. Any effort at all should be rewarded and they have
and are making efforts. But I can't help but ask is the effort enough? Our
rescue groups are now having to search the many pictures posted to the various
web sites containing the dogs that have been moved on to the various shelters in
hopes of finding the ones that are now out of the facility. Maybe this is the
way we are supposed to find them.
The latest report from the Chairmen of the Board contained the following
statement: "Through the AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund we continue to
assist those who reach out to us for help no matter how large or small the
request." Well, we are requesting. We are reaching out. We do need your
I want every one to know this issue is about the dogs. I don't intend to make it
more than that. I don't want to make this a "whose fault is it" situation. If
you share in our breeds concerns with any of these issues or your club has an
opinion. I would ask that you go on record by asking your questions or voicing
that opinion to AKC. If this is a hopeless battle then maybe we could at minimum
be more prepared for the future.
Here is how. Send an email to one or both of the following.
Yours in dogs,
Essary, Vice President, American Bullmastiff Association
Albers Early Katrina Report Aug 2005
Katrina Update Sept 2005
HSUS Holds Dogs Hostage Sept 2005
Bullmastiff Club Pleas For Help
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