According to an article on http://blogs.pitch.com:
City Hall announced that it would not renew or extend its animal-shelter contract with Halfway Home Pet Adoptions due to "operational concerns." The announcement comes as Halfway Home and its head -- Dr. Wayne Steckelberg -- are under investigation by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board for alleged abuse and neglect. The investigation began after a former Halfway Home employee filed a complaint with the state alleging a pattern of shoddy medical treatment resulting in the death, illness and mutilation of several animals.
The complaint cites a dozen individual cases in which animals died in their kennels from easily treatable medical problems; were pulled out of the shelter with untreated or diagnosed medical problems by outside rescue groups; and, in the case of one three-month old kitten, was accidentally castrated while being prepped for surgery, then swapped out with an identical kitten for the unsuspecting adoptive family.
Unfortunately while this investigation continues, regular and longtime Halfway Home volunteers have not been allowed to return and their efforts to save every dog they can has been unfairly halted.
17 dogs died on Monday. These are just some of the faces that were not given the chance to live, mainly because they were so ill and not treated properly or in enough time. Rest in peace sweet furry babies. We know you are free from pain now and will see you on the other side of the rainbow bridge someday.
CURRENT URGENT / CRITICAL DOGS:
Halfway Home is TERRIBLY FULL right now! Animals listed at this link are all in urgent status (at risk of being euthanized) at Halfway Home Pet Adoptions - 4400 Raytown Rd. Kansas City MO 64129.
Contact (816) 921-0201 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in adopting an animal. Visit this link to see URGENT animals who need fostering, rescue or adoption. Please spread the word. http://www.friendsofhalfwayhome.com/urgent-animals/http://isaythingssoyoudonthaveto.wordpress.com is a blog that you may want to read regarding the Halfway Home transition. The below poem is a courtesy from the the above link.
We Are Their Heroes
If you worry that you have not made a difference, you have,
for only those who do not worry about it have not.
If you feel overwhelmed, if the weight of problems is too heavy to bear,
remember it is a shared burden
and the strength of numbers can accomplish much.
If you think society and government are blind,
it only serves to remind that we need to change
one mind at a time, one law after another.
We effect change by cooperation, not by isolation.
If you consider that we cannot save them all,
and what difference does one make?,
you ought to know the joy of the one who is saved.
Mourn those we cannot save, it is a eulogy to their being.
Do not let their loss be in vain.
Be kind to yourself, remember your needs
and those of your family and friends of every species. Strive to be happy and healthy. You are needed.
Achieving balance in life is a lifelong struggle.
We who help those who do not have all that they need
should be among the most grateful for what we have.
Be proud of your accomplishments, not your opinions.
The quality of your efforts is more important than the quantity.
Forgive your own deficiencies – sometimes your caring is sufficient.
Everyone can do something, it is up to you to do the thing you can.
A kind word and a gentle touch can change a life.
If anger wells up within you, because people are the problem,
remember your humanity and that people are also the solution.
Concentrate on specific needs, pay attention to the individual –
they make up the whole.
See beyond the unlovable, the unattractive,
the impure and the wounded –
see that their spirit is as deserving as the rest. Help them heal.
Their eyes are windows to their soul
and the mirror of your sincerity.
All species, all beings, share this Earth in a chain of life.
Care more about what makes us alike than what separates us.
Policies, rules and regulations are not infallible.
Apply them judiciously, interpret them wisely.
No decision based purely on money is ever the right one.
Listen to your heart. Sometimes we have to do that which
we are most afraid of.
Be true to yourself and your beliefs.
Family may abandon you,
friends may disappoint you, strangers will ridicule you.
People shun what they do not understand.
Help them to understand – kindly, softly, gently.
Those who do not respect all life are to be pitied.
Often the wrongdoer is as in need of help as his victims.
Forgive, then teach by example.
Educate yourself or you cannot hope to teach others.
No action based in hatred is ever right
and anger drowns out wisdom.
Yours may be a voice crying in the wilderness,
make it a voice to be respected.
Listen more than you talk, be courteous and reliable.
Learn to ask for help. Never waiver from the truth.
Know that it takes a lot of strength to cry
And with every defeat, we learn.
All Creation celebrates that which is in its own best interest.
The Children are our hope – nurture them.
Nature is our legacy – protect it.
The Animals are our brethren – learn from them.
Your rewards will not be material, but they will be meaningful,
and the courage of your convictions can survive anything.
We are small boats cast adrift on a cruel sea,
but someday the tide will turn toward a safe harbor.
No matter how dark the storm clouds,
or deep the pain of heartbreak – never forget:
We are their heroes.
Copyright © Jim Willis 2001, all rights reserved