Honorable Mayor Francis Slay
Aldermanic President Lewis Reed
Comptroller Darlene Green
Alderman Gregory Carter
Health Director Pamela Walker
Health Commissioner Melba Moore

560 adoptable pets were euthanized at the St Louis City Gasconade Shelter in 2009.

A Plan to Save City Animals from Euthanasia: With the closure of the Gasconade Shelter, We the undersigned citizens support a bold plan by St Louis Veterinary Center to SAVE city animals from euthanasia. We request that the City of St Louis select St Louis Veterinary Center to provide for the care of St Louis City animals so this plan can be implemented to save adoptable city animals from being euthanized.

St Louis Veterinary Center's Plan: FREE--No Charge-- spay/neuter surgery for the first thousand pets (each year) adopted from the city shelter. This is a ''can't refuse'' financial incentive for Pet Rescue Groups to adopt the city's pets. Pet Rescue Groups have pets adopted by taking them to public places like pet stores and pet adoption events. This is big financial incentive to Pet Rescue Groups (and prospective pet owners) since spay/neuter surgery is the major expense to getting a pet adopted.

Experience: For many years St Louis Veterinary Center has partnered with many Pet Rescue Groups by providing spay/neuter surgery and veterinary care for the pets they are finding homes. In 2009, this resulted in over 1600 pets being adopted.

Why the Humane Society of Missouri and Stray Rescue of St Louis are NOT preferable organizations to save city animals from being euthanized? Examine the following historical data of adoptions at these organizations.

Each of these organizations supplied the following data to the Missouri Dept of Agriculture for 2008. (2009 data is not yet available.)

Humane Society of Missouri: Combined data for three HSM shelters:
(a)animals received 24,297,
(b) animals adopted 7,071,
(c) animals euthanized 11,094.

For the HSM St Louis City Macklind shelter:
(a) animals received 14,895
(b) animals adopted 3,712
(c) animals euthanized 7,799.

For the animals received at the Macklind shelter 29\% were adopted.
For each ONE animal adopted, more than TWO animals were euthanized.
If the City's animals are transferred to HSM, then they are likely to go to the Macklind City Shelter. Humane Society of Missouri reported expenses over $18 million in 2007.

Stray Rescue of St Louis (their two shelters) the 2008 MO Dept Ag. Data:
(a) animals received 227
(b) animals adopted 26
(c) animals euthanized 0

Stray Rescue received about one animal every other day and adopted-out on average ONE animal every other week. Stray Rescue of St Louis reported expenses of $1,099,000 in 2008.

Humane Society and Stray Rescue can select which animals they receive into their shelter, where St Louis City has to accept all animals. Humane Society's history of ratio of pet adoptions and pets euthanized is not favorable for any animals transferred from the city. Stray Rescue is a ''no kill'' shelter with a history of receiving very few animals and making extremely few yearly adoptions. It would seem unrealistic for a ''no kill'' shelter to manage city animals where some animals must be euthanized for public safety.

SAVE CITY ANIMALS FROM BEING KILLED: We respectfully request you give strong consideration to our petition and select St Louis Veterinary Center to care for the City animals because we believe they have the superior plan to save adoptable city animals.

Fewer city animals will be killed with St Louis Veterinary Center's Plan.

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Latest Signatures

  • 29 November 2015150. Christy M
    please help all animals
  • 19 November 2015149. Karen G
    I support this petition
  • 19 November 2015148. Suzanne R
    Dr. Wagenknecht has been the vet for our dogs for all our years in St. Louis. He is most competent and compassionate. We support him in this effort to help even more animals and even save the city money!
  • 03 November 2015147. Mick B
    Give Dr. W. the chance he deserves. Great plan, makes a brighter future for the animals.
  • 01 November 2015146. Susan R
    Too many animals die already. How can you NOT accept this?
  • 23 October 2015145. Jennifer H
  • 25 September 2015144. Kathryn R
    Dr. Philip Wagenknecht is qualified & knows what he is talking about. Please read what he has to say and take his offer. It would save you money and provide the best opportunities for the animals. Just look at the numbers. Stray Rescue does not come c
  • 15 September 2015143. Susan P
    I support this petition
  • 02 September 2015142. Ed R
    Please let's save city animals.
  • 24 August 2015141. Ruik D
    Speaking for my two that have no voice! rescued by a friend and vetted by stl pet clinic.
  • 20 August 2015140. Jeffrey Ls
    I support this petition
  • 15 August 2015139. Roberta L
    This facility needs to be run by people who care about all the animals, not just the ones that are 'adoptable'!
  • 08 August 2015138. Susan P
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 26 July 2015136. Tierney D
    I believe that every animal should have a chance at being adopted, not turned away or euthanized.
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  • 03 June 2015132. Candace B
    Anything should be done to reduce the number of euthanized dogs and cats.
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    I support this petition
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  • 09 April 2015128. Guy V
    I strongly believe this to be a far better proposal than the Stray Rescue alternative, particularly if Dr. Wagenknecht is willing to form a nonprofit subsidiary. I feel reuse of an existing city building with history and character is always a big plus.
  • 04 April 2015127. Chris C
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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