LETTER TO THE OREGONIAN EDITOR FROM A PROUD IDEALIST

To The Editor:

I was glad to see the article about the latest effort to end the killing of lost and homeless pets at Multnomah County Animal Services.

Having been an animal welfare activist for over 30 years and as a member of each of the various task forces appointed to address MCAS’ chronic failures, I know this to be true: no-kill (which means ending the killing of all healthy, treatable and manageable dogs and cats) is not an idealistic, unreachable goal.  It is being achieved at a growing number public agencies throughout this country.

When County Commissioners and Animal Services Director Mike Oswald tell the public that is it may be possible in other communities but is unachievable in ours, they are actually saying that the only goal Multnomah County aspires to is mediocrity.

A Proud Activist and Idealist

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