More than likely, you’re here because you signed the petition to reform Nashville’s Metro Animal Care & Control (MACC). And we thank you!
The petition advocates four major reforms that have proven successful in many other city-run animal shelters, AND these reforms would have little to no fiscal impact. They are as follows:
- Establish a Rescue Program
- Establish a Volunteer Program
- Stop Breed-Specific Policies and Euthanasia (pending)
- Raise Visibility of Impounded Animals
The City Paper published an article in January detailing MACC’s dismal outcomes…
- Animals MACC officers picked up in the field: 3,378
- Animals delivered to MACC: 5,999
- Total intakes: 9,377
- Euthanized: 7,179 (76%)
- Adopted: 1,211 (12%)
- Returned to owner: 553 (6%)
- Relocated back to the wild: 96 (1%)
- Transferred to rescue organizations: 95 (1%)
This news came as no surprise to us, but it was a surprise to many who call the nation’s “it city” home. To date, more than 10,000 concerned citizens from Nashville, greater Nashville, and beyond have signed the petition to reform MACC. These citizens have not only lent their name to the cause – many have attended town hall meetings and have volunteered their time, money, and/or expertise to help. After all, Tennessee is the “volunteer state.” With a passionately engaged community such as Nashville, all that is needed to achieve measurable, sustainable change in our local animal control facility is a commitment from our government officials. We have met twice with Metro Public Health Department officials to date and have received no such commitment to change.
Over the coming weeks, we will be providing more information about these reforms – best practices, MACC’s current policies, etc. We’ll also update you on any and all progress, so stay tuned!