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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

How Many Pets vs. How Many Children an Adult Can Care For in Missouri

I read this tonight -- it makes no sense whatsoever. In Missouri, a licensed childcare center ratio of adults to children 3 to 4 years of age is one adult to TEN. If one adult can care for TEN 3 to 4 year old children at once, why wouldn't the same adult be able to care for 4 or 5 dogs? Or 6 or 7? See the report of May 2007 written by the Missouri Division of Health and Human Services at http://www.dhss.mo.gov/ChildCare/YellowSheet.pdf at page 3 and see for yourself.

I could try to get "licensed" to have more dogs (most of which are temporary tenants anyway), but that makes no sense either. Responsible pet owners won't take on more than they can take good care of, and irresponsible pet owners who have only one will not be held accountable to care for that animal as long as they are under the limit of dogs. There is no regulatory ordinance demanding a certain amount of caring an individual can feel.

At the same time that household limits discourage responsible individuals from providing a good home for more needy animals, they do not prevent an irresponsible one from acquiring unlimited animals. Since caring can’t be mandated, a pet limit law will only end up punishing those who care. Which, in the case of Act Now! Rescue, and many others, it does.

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RESCUES CAN'T SAVE LIVES WITH PET LIMIT LAWS

Pet Limit Laws Limit Rescue Organizations and other Responsible Pet Owners, Not Irresponsible Pet Owners
An irresponsible pet owner will be irresponsible with one -- or 20 -- pets! Until a city can write an ordinance that forces people to CARE about their animals, a few irresponsible pet owners will continue to indirectly help in the killing of healthy, adoptable animals at kill shelters everywhere.
A rescue organization member is trained in how to handle more than 3 dogs, is responsible enough to say, "I can't handle any more dogs right now," pays to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and put pets on heartworm and flea prevention, and gives much needed additional time for the pet to find its forever home.

We have asked the City of Arnold to allow rescue organizations the opportunity to save more lives by going over the pet limit every now and then to save a life. Our many requests are falling on deaf ears.

If you believe the City of Arnold could -- and should -- tolerate rescue groups enough to make an exception to the dog limit every now and then to save a life, please contact Mary Holden at mholden@arnoldmo.org and Matt Unrein at munrein@arnoldmo.org, and contact your city council representatives and tell them there is such a thing as COOPERATION between government and citizens! We're doing it for the New JCAC Shelter Fund!