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I am Roget, SCP wiki Administrator and writer of 3.5% of all SCPs. AMA!

Hello! I am Roget, SCP Foundation administrator extraordinaire. I've been a member of the community for almost seven years now, and in that time I've done an awful lot of writing. At present, I have 130 SCP articles, 80 tales, and a smattering of other essays, hubs, GoI format works, and art galleries. I've been staff on the Wiki since 2012 and an administrator since 2017(or something like that).
Prior to the Foundation, I didn't do much writing, and it's helped me hone my skills to a significant degree. I've had paid writing jobs with my previous school's newspaper, and I've contributed a few works to the Wanderers Library. Beyond that I haven't written too much outside the Wiki.
I'm currently a student at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. I'm studying Journalism and Media Production. I work as a convenience store/gas station attendant during the night shift, which let me tell you lends a lot of inspiration for writing out-there characters. Most of my inspiration comes from real-life sources. My first SCP, the Pink Flamingos, was inspired by my mother's love for lawn flamingos. Most of the characters I write are based on irl people, with the only exceptions coming to mind being David Rosen, from New Technical Issues.
I have some hobbies outside of writing, I'm a vintage gaming/electronics collector and I love reading about history. I'm a news junkie, and the only person my age(22) that I know of who still buys their local print newspaper. I'm also big on board games and I play a little guitar.
I've contributed a lot of SCP articles, and numerous pieces of lore to the site. Here are a few of them that I'm proud of in no particular order:
David Rosen was the first character I created on the site. He's an antisocial, crabby, rude, and overall kind of mean person who runs Site-19's tech support. He was created for use on the New Technical Issues page, which I will probably get around to updating one of these days if nobody ever wants to take the job on for themselves. He's been written him into a pretty large number of stories, which you can find using his tag. http://www.scp-wiki.net/system:page-tags/tag/researcher-rosen#pages
I wasn't always proud of him, but I've ultimately grown to enjoy the character. He's a good foil to have the universe dump on and despite his harsh negativity people seem to like him.
Site-77, and the associated characters and intrigue: (http://www.scp-wiki.net/secure-facility-dossier-site-77)
Initially, Site-77 was just a random number I picked to make a site to put all of my articles in. Didn't really start thinking about lore and background behind it until I wrote SCP-1591, after which I put a lot of thought into it. Originally an Axis WW2 bunker, and before that a site with mystique attached to it in local legend, Site-77 has established its identity as a large-volume containment site with a research focus on practical application of the anomalous. A lot of the ideas I had for Site-77 came after I used it as the primary setting of the Origins RP for a few years.
Director Shirley Gillespie is a character based on my own grandmother, who suffers from dementia. Creating her was kind of my way of preserving the spirit my grandma had when her health was better. I enjoy writing the character and she's even been the subject of an entire SCP article, Being Shirley Gillespie (http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2322)
Security Director Theodore Anderson is kind of obscure to most people, but he's an important part of the Site-77 lore and is Gillespie's tough-as-nails right hand man. Serious, dedicated, and loyal.
Dr. Ralph Roget is sort of a composite character based on myself, in as far as author avatar characters are supposed to be. I try not to write him as literally being myself in the SCP Universe, rather I try to take inspiration from some of my own personality and characteristics.
Researcher Boyd is an actual complete self-insert into the SCP Universe but nobody has called me out on it yet. Agent Boyd is based on my sister, and they're siblings in-universe as well.
Mobile Task Force Psi-7 "Home Improvement" is again, something I created because I wanted to have my own Mobile Task Force. They didn't really get an identity until I had written about them more. First appearing in SCP-1651, they are a force dedicated to blowing up and otherwise demolishing anomalous structures. They're very good at their job, taking the mythbusters approach to any problem, and have extremely high morale. Their captain is Calvin Ekblad, and most of the rest of the roster is comprised of characters from the Origins roleplaying game. They have their own hub here (http://www.scp-wiki.net/mtf-psi-7-home-improvement-hub)
I started the Origins SCP, a concept developed by Scantron/Communism Will Win. It's still ongoing, actually just rebooted from a 50's to an 80's setting with a system that isn't assbackwards if anyone wants to check it out. The Foundation has a long history of associated RP sites, going back to the earliest days of the site with Active Duty. This was followed by After Action, an attempt at a sequel RP and Far Recon, a spinoff taking place at SCP-354(The Red Pool). Then we had Tamlin House, and now Origins, which has endured for far longer than any of the other rp communities. As I said, it inspired a lot of Site-77 and Mobile Task Force Psi-7, since they served as the primary setting of the rp for several years and until recently all characters were members of Psi-7. It also led to the creation of SCP-2799. I'm not sure which other SCPs have been inspired by the associated RP sites, other than [SCP-039]() being inspired by faceless monkeys in Far Recon.
I've had two attempts at a 001 proposal, one of them being successful and the other not as much. I won't go too much into Keter Duty, as you guys have already done a pretty solid deconstruction of it. My first attempt turned into the tale Individuality, so it all worked out pretty well in the end.
The Red Actors Troupe is a psuedo-GoI I used a few times in my early work. The name is a pronunciation pun of [REDACTED] Group. They don't really have a motivation other than stirring up drama because all the world's a stage, and I don't think many other people used them besides me. I think ihp might've once. The only article I can remember using them in off the top of my head is Potted Pets.(SCP-1513) They're also the actual redacted group in SCP-1837(Acid Mop)
I ran the History Contest and the Art Contest. History Contest was a lot of fun. Art Contest was mostly fun... it was an experimental way of doing a contest, and unfortunately the judging panel for such a large volume of art fell apart on me multiple times resulting in numerous extensions to the end of the contest. Turned out fine in the end, though.
I've entered every SCP-X000 contest that's happened since I entered the site. 2k, 3k and 4k contest entries. My 2k entry, The Empty Box, is a bunch of Atari game systems and televisions the government stuck kids in to use as psychic warfare against the Soviets. My 3k entry is a fucking meme and a half that has extra spoops on top of that. My 4k entry is all about the Sea Peoples and reflects my love of classical history.
I was also part of the winning team for the Mobile Task Forces Contest, with kaktus, lurkd and Cimmerian. I wrote a GoI format article, http://www.scp-wiki.net/draft-proposal-for-programme-arduinosis-9001 and also contributed to helping write hatbot's dialogue and personality.
1572(Root Map) and 1976(Shortcuts) are both inspired by my childhood neighborhood, there were a lot of houses all backed up to a large open green space that kids would use to get from one area to another quickly, hang around in each other's backyards and other shennanigans. Good times.
A random note, an SCP I rewrote, SCP-213, Anti-Matter parasite, has the only remaining decommissioning discussion done by staff on the site as far as I can find. I also think it's the most-rewritten SCP, with three rewrites occurring before my version came to be. I even wrote a tale about that, called Daydreamin (http://www.scp-wiki.net/daydreamin)
Another little known little SCP subseries are what I like to call my Smashed Cars Collection (SCP-1727, SCP-1872, SCP-1894) which consist of a bunch of articles connected to one another by the theme of gratuitous vehicular destruction. Of the three, 1872 is my favorite, just because the imagery of a car chasing a lazer like a cat still makes me laugh.
The Class of '76 is a concept I've been developing since my third SCP on the site, SCP-1833. At its core, it's a study of toxic nostalgia, how looking far back into the past can warp your memory and keep you in a permanent state of remembrance. It's also about how the things you remember growing up might be a lot more awful than your brain lets you realize.
The lolFoundation Canon was something I created as a response to a push for lolFoundation concepts to be consigned to the dustbin of history. I wanted to create a place where the grimdark overtones that were popular at the time could be counteracted by the silly story concepts of days past. I'm really proud of where it's gone and how many people have felt inspired to contribute to it. I think the winning formula is a simple premise and a lot of open space for new ground to be covered.
The Oneiroi Collective concept literally came to me in a dream. I had always wanted to develop a GoI, but I wanted it to be done right. Not by a group of people striving to meet the minimum requirements despite tepid community response, but for people to find it legitimately interesting enough to do their own take on the group. That happened with Oneiroi almost immediately, and I think the concept of dreamspace crossing over with our own world, especially the virtual world, resonated with a lot of people.
On the Wanderer's Library, I created my own little patron world called Elrich. It's a fantasy concept I've had in my head since I was a child, a world of ridiculous magic and vegetable-worshipping religious fanatics. Some of my favorite contributions in the SCP Universe were written there, stories like Renmar.(http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/renmar)
One of my proudest community achievements is the continued development of the International SCP network. When I began Internet Outreach, the only site was the Russian affiliate. Since then we've grown the community by leaps and bounds, and it's really taken on a life of its own. So many people have been able to discover SCP through the international affiliates and I hope they continue to grow with us into the future.
My other Internet Outreach work has mostly been consolidating SCP social media presence on the major platforms and promoting the brand however possible. We've recently expanded to an Instagram page and we're thinking of making a more official Steam group in the future.
Some of my favorite SCP articles are SCP-3001, SCP-3780(which I just found and you guys should really read it's cool as heck), SCP-2462, SCP-2522, SCP-1231, SCP-1319, SCP-432 and SCP-504. Some of my favorite tales are Unfinished Business, Brink Dangerguts Adventures and Lesbian Hunger Doggos. Favorite Canons are Rat's Nest and Resurrection(please ask about my res stuff lol). My favorite GoI format article is the Prometheus Keyboard one. My preferred -EX is Lisztomania and my favorite Joke Article is THE SCREAMING MAN along with anything written by Salman Corbette.
I'm quite fond of the content produced by TheVolgun and I also listen to a few other YouTube SCPeople like Eastside SCP and Cimmerian.
So yeah, if that hasn't satisfied everything you ever needed to know about me.... ask me anything!
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Subreddit Stats: Anglicanism top posts from 2017-03-16 to 2018-03-15 22:06 PDT

Period: 364.15 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 15491
Rate (per day) 2.75 42.39
Unique Redditors 223 700
Combined Score 12305 55990

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 1725 points, 151 submissions: Knopwood
    1. Breaking: Brazilian Episcopalians elect first woman to the episcopate (29 points, 0 comments)
    2. Christchurch votes to rebuild cathedral (28 points, 0 comments)
    3. Alaskan Episcopalians eager to worship in Native language with Book of Common Prayer translation (27 points, 2 comments)
    4. Publishers rejected her, Christians attacked her: The deep faith of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ author Madeleine L’Engle (26 points, 1 comment)
    5. Aberdeen: Scottish Episcopalians elect first woman to the episcopate (25 points, 0 comments)
    6. Church named after famous member Robert E. Lee debates changing its name after Charlottesville (23 points, 51 comments)
    7. Meghan Markle to be baptized, confirmed in the C of E (23 points, 33 comments)
    8. SSJE has a new website to promote vocations (23 points, 5 comments)
    9. Scottish Episcopal Church permits gay marriage in historic vote (23 points, 25 comments)
    10. Meet the Anglican Communion's first female archbishop (22 points, 20 comments)
  2. 1113 points, 101 submissions: bryanglican
    1. 16-year-old Episcopal youth group leader among those murdered in Florida school shooting yesterday (31 points, 11 comments)
    2. FYI: Episcopalians have a Sunday obligation (24 points, 16 comments)
    3. First Persian woman to be ordained to the episcopate consecrated in Canterbury Cathedral (23 points, 12 comments)
    4. Today is the feast of St. Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury (22 points, 0 comments)
    5. Today is the Feast of Blessed C.S. Lewis! (21 points, 11 comments)
    6. Interview with new bishop of Indianapolis, first female African-American diocesan bishop (19 points, 6 comments)
    7. Justin Welby: Luther’s historic act did so much to shape the world we live in (19 points, 1 comment)
    8. R.E. Lee Memorial Church will return to its founding name: Grace (19 points, 4 comments)
    9. Anyone else excited that the Transfiguration falls on a Sunday this year? (18 points, 18 comments)
    10. Church organist arrested in post-election vandalism at Episcopal congregation in Indiana (18 points, 4 comments)
  3. 1012 points, 95 submissions: WpgDipper
    1. If we do not resist evil, we do not follow Jesus: A response to Charlottesville (52 points, 9 comments)
    2. Archbishop of Canterbury on Trump-backing Christians: ’I really genuinely do not understand’ (29 points, 28 comments)
    3. A Catholic picks up the Anglican Book of Common Prayer (21 points, 6 comments)
    4. Meghan Markle Baptized into the Church of England (18 points, 31 comments)
    5. Episcopal clergy are among detainees at Maundy Thursday demonstration (17 points, 81 comments)
    6. Scottish bishop defends same-sex marriage: 'love means love' (17 points, 35 comments)
    7. So apparently the C of E's tweet honouring St Thomas More didn't go over terribly well… (17 points, 22 comments)
    8. Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury use Christmas message to criticise 'populist' world leaders (16 points, 4 comments)
    9. Presiding Bishop hits out at President Trump’s transgender ban (16 points, 14 comments)
    10. With Trump in attendance, rector of Bethesda-by-the-Sea delivers Christmas sermon on ‘the power of words’ (16 points, 19 comments)
  4. 716 points, 50 submissions: OhioTry
    1. Archbishop Justin Welby: "It is deeply disturbing that the President of the United States has chosen to amplify the voice of far-right extremists." (137 points, 56 comments)
    2. Church of England demands ban on anti-gay conversion therapy (35 points, 1 comment)
    3. TIL that The Cathedral of St John the Divine is listed in the 1939 edition of the Negro Motorist's Green Book as a New York City institution that welcomed African American visitors. (35 points, 2 comments)
    4. A new, drama-free, pan-denominational Christian subreddit has been created. (23 points, 12 comments)
    5. Happy (commemoration of the) Feast of the Blessed Charles and John Wesley. (22 points, 29 comments)
    6. South Sudan has Consecrated the First Woman Bishop of a GAFCON Province (22 points, 40 comments)
    7. A Prayer for Charlottesville, adapted from the 1662 BCP (18 points, 0 comments)
    8. Facing Episcopal Church Decline (17 points, 73 comments)
    9. My parish lost our sanctuary. But we are still alive and we just consecrated our parish hall as our place of worship. Here are the photos I took of the event. And I was the chair of the committee that designed the new worship space. (17 points, 11 comments)
    10. 'This is what I'm meant to be doing': the vicar welcoming Muslims to church (16 points, 13 comments)
  5. 382 points, 22 submissions: WhiteTwink
    1. Happy Pentecost (35 points, 0 comments)
    2. Happy All Saints’ Day! (34 points, 27 comments)
    3. Happy Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord! (34 points, 2 comments)
    4. Are memes allowed here? (32 points, 11 comments)
    5. Can we pause for a moment and just realize how awesome Christ is? (30 points, 23 comments)
    6. A lesson in humility from the Habsburg dynasty. (23 points, 11 comments)
    7. Why are you not Eastern Orthodox? (22 points, 93 comments)
    8. Something that blew my mind the other day about our Holy Orders. (20 points, 66 comments)
    9. Sancte_Rex_David_irl (18 points, 0 comments)
    10. Things I miss about the Roman Communion (16 points, 12 comments)
  6. 357 points, 29 submissions: Come-My-Fanatics
    1. anglicanism_irl (31 points, 46 comments)
    2. Eucharistic Prayer C - Star Wars Style (30 points, 17 comments)
    3. After Montana church vandalized with swastika, parish responds with pink hearts, messages of love (19 points, 0 comments)
    4. Converts to Anglicanism: what drew you to the Anglican church? (18 points, 33 comments)
    5. TIL the Communion acknowledges the Archangel Uriel as one of the 4 major Archangels (18 points, 27 comments)
    6. /Anglicanism Demographics Survey - 2017 (16 points, 21 comments)
    7. Yet Another /Anglicanism theology survey (15 points, 23 comments)
    8. /Anglicanism 2017 Demographic Survey Results (14 points, 44 comments)
    9. Finding good Anglican theologians (13 points, 19 comments)
    10. Results from the last /Anglicanism survey (13 points, 15 comments)
  7. 237 points, 18 submissions: sirionunicorn
    1. O God, you have taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thy incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom. (22 points, 3 comments)
    2. How the ACNA helped me become an Episcopalian (20 points, 18 comments)
    3. Scott Gunn: "I won’t vote yes for public policy resolutions, unless they include a commitment for the church to change or do something. I don’t think we should tell other people what to do. We should show what we are doing. #DSOCON2017" (20 points, 4 comments)
    4. The Diocese of Los Angeles has its new Bishop! Please pray for Bishop John Taylor and our whole diocese. (20 points, 7 comments)
    5. John Wesley's Directions for Singing (16 points, 8 comments)
    6. A Prayer from the Streets of Charlottesville from Seminarian Lauren Grubaugh (15 points, 2 comments)
    7. Today is the feast of St. James the Apostle, son of thunder, cousin to Jesus, first of the apostles to enter into martyrdom. A homily by St. John Chrysostom. (15 points, 7 comments)
    8. New locomotive delivered for Piedmont & Northern Railway (14 points, 6 comments)
    9. Derek Olsen: For Fear of Fundamentalists (13 points, 6 comments)
    10. The Loss of “Common” Prayer (12 points, 25 comments)
  8. 226 points, 8 submissions: daneslord
    1. From daneslord glory to god (39 points, 2 comments)
    2. Hello, from the actual daneslord (39 points, 12 comments)
    3. daneslord (33 points, 5 comments)
    4. A prayer request for daneslord (33 points, 14 comments)
    5. update on daneslord (31 points, 19 comments)
    6. daneslord (jared) (28 points, 4 comments)
    7. Insurance (13 points, 5 comments)
    8. An opposing view (10 points, 30 comments)
  9. 215 points, 13 submissions: AnglicanPrayerMan
    1. Update on Franciscan religious life (with pictures) (36 points, 5 comments)
    2. That's it! I'm done! (Sort of) (28 points, 6 comments)
    3. An update on the religious life (22 points, 12 comments)
    4. Yesterday, Brother Damien Joseph, SSF took first vows (poverty, chastity, and obedience) with the Society of St. Francis. Rejoice with us! (19 points, 4 comments)
    5. Update at the Franciscan Friary (18 points, 1 comment)
    6. Prayer list for May 2017. Add names of those who need prayer, those whom you'd like us to pray for, or for any intentions dear to you. (15 points, 32 comments)
    7. Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! (13 points, 6 comments)
    8. TIL there was a failed 1998 attempt at reforming the Roman Missal that appears to have received near universal agreement except it was rejected by the Vatican at the last minute (13 points, 23 comments)
    9. Franciscan Friary Life Update - January (12 points, 1 comment)
    10. What are concrete steps I can take to make my voice heard concerning Prayerbook revision? (12 points, 43 comments)
  10. 210 points, 15 submissions: paigeness22
    1. My favorite Anglican blogger goes in full Communion with Rome (23 points, 117 comments)
    2. Anglican Humor: when your housekeepers leave a toy car on your home altar (22 points, 6 comments)
    3. Beautiful Churches Bring Kids to God (21 points, 17 comments)
    4. You're damn right I'm singing it With dignity. Happy Christ the King! (18 points, 0 comments)
    5. Elizabeth the Confessor (17 points, 2 comments)
    6. Eucharistic Disciplines: Fasting before Mass (16 points, 41 comments)
    7. In his new book, Archbishop Welby says Sharia law incompatible with British laws (14 points, 24 comments)
    8. Me just looking to see how many weeks until Advent starts. (14 points, 10 comments)
    9. Anyone on the Vestry at their parish? (12 points, 18 comments)
    10. At this point, I'm convinced my house cleaners are (a) dissenters; or (b) pagans. *See my earlier post where they placed a toy car on my home altar. Smh. (11 points, 6 comments)
  11. 197 points, 16 submissions: RDS379
    1. First snow fall for this Advent (29 points, 6 comments)
    2. Yesterday I visited St Albans Cathedral... Some pictures for anyone interested! (20 points, 3 comments)
    3. Lent is only 4 weeks away today (18 points, 8 comments)
    4. BBC Two documentary called A Vicar’s Life starts Friday at 8.30pm, or on the BBC iPlayer (16 points, 3 comments)
    5. The Archbishop of York's Advent Calendar 2017 Dr John Sentamu is providing a free daily online reflection throughout Advent. (16 points, 0 comments)
    6. C of E Prayer For The Day (12 points, 0 comments)
    7. Prayers for Democratic Republic of Congo & South Sudan (11 points, 1 comment)
    8. Today at Church we made Pumpkins out of our Prayers. :) (11 points, 1 comment)
    9. Anglican leaders echo Pope Francis’ call for day of prayer and fasting for peace on Friday 23rd February (10 points, 0 comments)
    10. C of E Prayer For The Day (9 points, 0 comments)
  12. 196 points, 15 submissions: bobo_brizinski
    1. "one of the arguments that we’re not necessarily aware that we’re having is between those who want a more prosaic, didactic liturgy and between those who want a more poetic liturgy." | Derek Olsen (24 points, 0 comments)
    2. N.T. Wright on Richard Hooker (20 points, 4 comments)
    3. Launch of the new Oxford History of Anglicanism | Anglican Communion News Service (16 points, 7 comments)
    4. A beautiful word from SSJE that still makes me pause and reflect (15 points, 0 comments)
    5. An interview with Fleming Rutledge on "The Crucifixion" without a clickbait title | The Episcopal New Yorker (15 points, 6 comments)
    6. RIP Marilyn McCord Adams, Episcopal priest and philosopher of religion (15 points, 4 comments)
    7. "I have been bowled over by how much the assumptions people bring with them about how one gets involved in a church... have changed." (14 points, 6 comments)
    8. Crusty's Fake News! for Anglicanism (14 points, 6 comments)
    9. "You want to see the renovation of the world? Look for a group of Christians sharing bread and wine" | Peter Leithart (12 points, 0 comments)
    10. Rediscover the gospel | The Living Church (11 points, 39 comments)
  13. 176 points, 16 submissions: diverseandsundry
    1. Anglican Orders may not be invalid says Cardinal in charge of legislative texts. (26 points, 23 comments)
    2. His Grace, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi for complicity in violence against Rohingya.(x-post from /Christianity) (16 points, 5 comments)
    3. The malady of the irrelevant (15 points, 18 comments)
    4. Queen nominates daughter of late Anglican Bishop Dehqani of Iran of to Suffragan Bishopric of Lougborough (13 points, 38 comments)
    5. Anglican-Oriental Commission prays for the Armenian genocide at Christ Church, Dublin (12 points, 1 comment)
    6. CoI parish church will also host R.C. parish during their renovations. (11 points, 7 comments)
    7. Anglican and R.C. Canon Lawyers hold reunion in Rome and hear papers on bishops. (10 points, 0 comments)
    8. Church of England should welcome Methodists into the fold of the historic episcopacy [by the Rev’d Marcus Walker] (10 points, 7 comments)
    9. A painting of Salvator Mundi: $450 million. The saviour of the world: absolutely free. (9 points, 2 comments)
    10. Analysis confirms CoE congregation numbers have stabilised. (9 points, 2 comments)
  14. 161 points, 12 submissions: elrealvisceralista
    1. Bishop says that the Church has forgotten the poor (27 points, 47 comments)
    2. Church of England unveils £24 million national investment in new churches and evangelism (26 points, 1 comment)
    3. US Episcopalians confront hard truths about Church's role in slavery and black history (22 points, 0 comments)
    4. Do we downplay the Reformed part of our identity? (17 points, 112 comments)
    5. Archbishop Welby “taken aback” by Las Vegas prayer criticism (12 points, 80 comments)
    6. The ties that bind our Anglican Communion family (10 points, 1 comment)
    7. Any Episcopalians here regularly attend a Rite I service? (9 points, 33 comments)
    8. George Herbert: Good Friday (1633) (9 points, 1 comment)
    9. Judge Gorsuch's Episcopslianism a Concern to Conservstives (9 points, 21 comments)
    10. ACNA Archbishop on "Counterfeit" Reconciliation of Truro ACNA with Diocese of Virginia (7 points, 49 comments)
  15. 158 points, 14 submissions: AndrewSabisky
    1. Two of our young servers at Holy Cross, profiled in Church Times! (18 points, 1 comment)
    2. The Virgin Common Worship vs the Chad 1662 BCP (16 points, 20 comments)
    3. Anglican Breviary - a first impressions review (15 points, 42 comments)
    4. Lack of synodical seriousness (a rant) (14 points, 13 comments)
    5. Compline of the Dead at All Souls (12 points, 3 comments)
    6. How was church? (12 points, 23 comments)
    7. The Anglican Breviary Review: Part Two! (12 points, 20 comments)
    8. Effects of church competition/planting (11 points, 17 comments)
    9. The Perils of Perpetual Liturgical Reform in a Liquid Age (10 points, 44 comments)
    10. Paxman on the Church of England's battle for survival (9 points, 5 comments)
  16. 117 points, 12 submissions: Cwross
    1. Reminder that the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has begun. Here’s a link to a traditional prayer to be said during it. (16 points, 2 comments)
    2. Anglicanism (or lack thereof) in Germany (14 points, 44 comments)
    3. Prayer thread - Advent I (11 points, 5 comments)
    4. Suggestion for this sub (11 points, 9 comments)
    5. Prayer thread - Christ the King (10 points, 4 comments)
    6. Prayer thread - Lent III (9 points, 3 comments)
    7. Prayer thread - Quinquagesima & Ash Wednesday (9 points, 6 comments)
    8. Evensong: Bl. Charles, King and Martyr (8 points, 3 comments)
    9. Prayer request thread for the week of the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity (8 points, 6 comments)
    10. CofE calls for daytime betting advert ban (x-post from /ukpolitics) (7 points, 2 comments)
  17. 109 points, 6 submissions: xuptu
    1. Catholic Archbisop determines that a gay man is no longer welcome at a local church. A week later, many in the congregation leave and affiliate themselves with the Anglican Communion. The local Catholic priest then begins the process of becoming an Anglican priest. (43 points, 18 comments)
    2. ‘I felt a hypocrite’: Author Michael Coren on why he left the Catholic Church for Anglicanism (20 points, 19 comments)
    3. Exploring Christianity here. Convince me why I should pick Anglicanism over other denominations. (13 points, 34 comments)
    4. Still haven't settled on a denomination. Giving Anglicanism another look. (13 points, 25 comments)
    5. Can you guys explain what spongianism is? Why does it seem to be a big point of contention amongst Anglicans/Episcopalians? (12 points, 33 comments)
    6. How do I look for exclusively Low Church theology Episcopal/Anglican churches in my area (in the US)? (8 points, 13 comments)
  18. 99 points, 6 submissions: sgnfngnthng
    1. Liturgy FTW (40 points, 4 comments)
    2. Millennials in TEC? (20 points, 97 comments)
    3. Stepping off the Canterbury Trail? (12 points, 51 comments)
    4. Anglican views on the afterlife? (11 points, 14 comments)
    5. Apostolic Succession: ELI5 (9 points, 9 comments)
    6. ELI5: Branch Theory (7 points, 16 comments)
  19. 88 points, 6 submissions: steph-anglican
    1. The Queen's Christmas Broadcast (44 points, 2 comments)
    2. To many Diocese? (11 points, 43 comments)
    3. Building A Office Guild (10 points, 3 comments)
    4. Community of St. Anselm, Should it Spread to the New World? (8 points, 12 comments)
    5. Worship at Home (8 points, 21 comments)
    6. Your Favorite Hymns (7 points, 29 comments)
  20. 87 points, 7 submissions: Puzzlekey
    1. For those of us who like Anglican church music, here's a beautiful Evensong from England (the Three Choirs Festival at Worcester Cathedral). (18 points, 1 comment)
    2. The New TEC Website is an Unpleasing Front Door (15 points, 12 comments)
    3. Unpopular opinion: I hate Blessing of the Pets/St. Francis of Assisi Day (15 points, 34 comments)
    4. A666: Resolved: Print the Book of Common Prayer 2024 in Comics Sans (13 points, 10 comments)
    5. Started praying morning prayer and evening prayer every day this week. (11 points, 16 comments)
    6. ELI5: Different versions of the creedal language between Morning PrayeEvening Prayer Rite I (American BCP 1979) and Holy Eucharist Rite I (8 points, 3 comments)
    7. [meta] Please stop with the Freemason hate. (7 points, 35 comments)
  21. 83 points, 6 submissions: icantbelieveibelieve
    1. You really believe this stuff? (30 points, 13 comments)
    2. Prayer for those who have been hurt by the church (19 points, 4 comments)
    3. A dumb question about Anglo-Catholicism; be gentle! (12 points, 53 comments)
    4. "The Joint Committee that nominates people to churchwide bodies has submitted its report. 60% of nominees are over the age of 60 and 81% are over the age of 50. If we do not represent broader society in leadership we deserve to die" (8 points, 16 comments)
    5. Contra Washington: Ten Theses (7 points, 1 comment)
    6. We promise at every baptism to "proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ." This priest shares tips on how. (7 points, 0 comments)
  22. 79 points, 7 submissions: Swedenborgian88
    1. What was your religion before converting to Anglicanism? (20 points, 77 comments)
    2. Icon corner (13 points, 39 comments)
    3. Orthodox convert (12 points, 44 comments)
    4. Anglo Catholic Mass (9 points, 46 comments)
    5. Stronger faith (9 points, 3 comments)
    6. A safe haven (8 points, 8 comments)
    7. Books (8 points, 11 comments)
  23. 78 points, 4 submissions: pzwingy
    1. Swinging Smoke Today! He is Risen, Alleluia Alleluia! (50 points, 3 comments)
    2. Reddit based interview with a Bishop of the Anglican Province of America (10 points, 6 comments)
    3. [AMA] Archdeacon of APA Diocese of the Eastern United States (10 points, 21 comments)
    4. Gauging Interest of Priest AMA (8 points, 14 comments)

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  1. Archbishop Justin Welby: "It is deeply disturbing that the President of the United States has chosen to amplify the voice of far-right extremists." by OhioTry (137 points, 56 comments)
  2. Today I was received into the Episcopal Church. by mskrystle (66 points, 24 comments)
  3. Went to an Episcopal church on Sunday and it's the most I've ever felt at home in a place of worship by SnowedInByEdward (58 points, 5 comments)
  4. If we do not resist evil, we do not follow Jesus: A response to Charlottesville by WpgDipper (52 points, 9 comments)
  5. Just attended an Episcopal church for the first time... by UtahEpiscopal (51 points, 16 comments)
  6. Swinging Smoke Today! He is Risen, Alleluia Alleluia! by pzwingy (50 points, 3 comments)
  7. Shout Out to Advent Purists by kyledpotter (44 points, 11 comments)
  8. The Queen's Christmas Broadcast by steph-anglican (44 points, 2 comments)
  9. Catholic Archbisop determines that a gay man is no longer welcome at a local church. A week later, many in the congregation leave and affiliate themselves with the Anglican Communion. The local Catholic priest then begins the process of becoming an Anglican priest. by xuptu (43 points, 18 comments)
  10. it might be luther's special anniversary but don't forget our boy! by karlbonner (41 points, 20 comments)

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  5. 35 points: sirionunicorn's comment in "Anglicans don't even require you to acknowledge Christ"
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  8. 33 points: gnurdette's comment in A new, drama-free, pan-denominational Christian subreddit has been created.
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[Table] IamA leader of an animal rescue that works with a high kill shelter that kills over 30,000 animals a year.

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What is your opinion of PETA? PETA sucks, and most animal rescuers feel this way.
I can appreciate some of the attention they bring to animal rights issues but in general I don't agree with their tactics, don't agree with their finances, and don't agree with their hypocritical killing.
I'd argue being put down when you're in pain is the preferable option for many cats and dogs who have been treated atrociously by humans. PETA do not protest the act of killing animals - they protest the poor treatment of animals.
I do not support PETA, and as an organisation they're certainly not perfect. However, people like to hate PETA because it gives them any easy target to blame for problems which are complicated and difficult to discuss.
You still have some ways to go to catch up with their numbers p/a. My shelter's save/kill ratio is a full order of magnitude higher than theirs, and my shelter has an obligation to take in all animals no matter what their condition. PETA has no excuse.
So, why does PETA do it? Can you speculate? My own personal opinion is that PETA finds the sheltering of animals to be cruel, and they think that killing an animal is more humane than leaving it in a cage for a while.
The first dog I ever adopted was in a cage at a no kill shelter for six months+ before I adopted her. I'm pretty sure regardless of how bad those six months may have been for her, the following several years being spoiled like a princess more than made up for it.
The heck. Then who should we donate to? Donating to local organizations is the best use of your money if you want your donations to go to actual animal care.
A lot of what I'm reading on this AMA is depressing. Do you have anything positive? Perhaps an inspiring story? A lot of what we do is depressing but sure I can share a positive story. Sorry it may be long. There are highlights of the work we do :)
Before I helped start this group, I volunteered at my suburb's shelter as a photographer to help the dogs get adopted via online listings. My husband and I went about every other Saturday to take photos.
He arrived before me one day and was outside with an old solid white Chow Chow mix. She was covered in mud and who knows what else, and was obviously in a lot of pain. She kept rubbing her head against the ground and crying. We had never actually saved a dog like this ourselves before, and weren't sure what to do, but we knew that we couldn't let her stay like that.
We convinced the shelter manager to let us foster her in our house while keeping her as property of the shelter. As soon as I got in the car, I drove to a dog wash and gave her a bath. Her beauty started to shine through (literally).
We soon discovered she was almost completely deaf. We took her to a low cost vet where they told us that she had ear infections that had gone untreated for years which was why she couldn't hear. The insides of her ears looked like something from a gremlin. We got medication and started treating them.
At this point I was sure no one would adopt such an old special needs dog but I tried anyway. I posted flyers in pet stores. Finally I reached out to a local rescue and asked them if they would take her in if I agreed to foster her. I was shocked when they agreed. So she was signed over to the rescue.
One day I was sitting on the computer talking to the other dogs when she responded, and I realized she could hear again! I was so happy I cried. It was like a miracle.
I started taking her to adoption events, and one day a family arrived specifically to meet her. We were really excited as this was the first adoption interest she'd ever had. The family was a mom and two kids, a son about 11 or so, and a daughter about 8. The mom immediately fell in love with her, but she knew that she was an old dog.
The mom turned to the son and said, "Now you know she's an old lady and she probably won't be with us very long."
The son replied, "Yeah but she deserves a loving home as much as all these puppies do." I just about lost it. This kid in his young innocence was able to see past the fact that she was an old dog and wasn't "cute" anymore and understood what it really meant to rescue a dog. I only wish more adults had the attitude he did.
That's what it's all about, really. Dog rescuers don't do it because they enjoy it, it's a lot of hard work and heartache. They do it because the dogs that other people have decided to overlook deserve better.
Here's a picture of the lovely lady. Link to i.imgur.com
Hope that brightens the thread up a little :P.
I want to upvote that family too. My husband wanted to keep her but we already had three dogs and the limit here is four. Having such a wonderful family come forward made it much easier for him to let her go.
How do you consider killing an animal part of the rescue process? Killing is an essential part of the animal services process for dogs that are too dangerous or sick/injured to be adopted. This will likely never go away.
Killing is not a part of the rescue process. Every adoptable animal killed is a failure by humans.
A failure in what way if I may ask? In many ways. We as rescuers failed to find them a new home. Also the original owner of the breeding dogs failed on their end (whether it was an accident or not), and any owners of the dog before it reached that point failed to take responsibility for the well being of the dog. It takes a village, so to speak...
Kill shelters definitely are beneficial, but often are damned in the public eye. What is the worst thing someone has done to you or your employer based on your policies? Shelter employees get threats from the public. It's a thankless job.
My group is a rescue that doesn't actually do the killing. I run our facebook page and often get messages and comments from people accusing us of being murderers when we plea for a foster home for a dog about to be killed by the shelter.
Where are you guys located? How hard is it to take care of a Savannah cat? I'm interested in Savannah cats. Like the ones from PvP on youtube. Nylah and Bambuu. Do you have any Savannah cats? I literally know nothing about cats. Sorry :P.
What do they do with all of those adorable corpses? I believe they are frozen, and a contractor disposes of them in a landfill. I could be mistaken though, as I thankfully have never witnessed the process first hand at this shelter (though I have at my small suburb's shelter).
So, uhh. Yeah. That sucks. I don't think that number can be reduced. Do you? It already has been reduced significantly in just the last year, actually.
I think long term it can be reduced to a reasonable amount but there are still drastic changes that need to take place.
Spaying and neutering pets for one. There are wild dogs out in my neck of the woods. One of em tried to bite my wife. I almost saved you some trouble. Spaying and neutering is absolutely essential for reducing numbers, but it does nothing for the dogs (and cats) already alive and entering the shelter system for the next 10 years or so, so shouldn't be mistaken for the overall solution to the problem. It's just one vital part of a much more complex solution.
What does your rescue try to get from the shelter? Dogs that are immediately adoptable, dogs with medical/behavior problems? A mixture of both? Medical problems are generally not an issue as long as we have enough funds to deal with it. We pull a lot of heartworm positive dogs as well as dogs with mange and complete their treatment before putting them up for adoption. I have a heartworm positive Great Pyranees mix being treated right now as my own personal foster. About half of our adoptable dogs right now are large breed, many pit mixes, but they are extremely difficult to get adopted in a reasonable time frame unless they're fluffy or pure-bred. So it takes a while before a spot opens up for someone to house one. Foster home availability for large breed dogs or behavior problem dogs are the #1 reason we don't pull more, not because of their ability to be adopted. I volunteered at a closed admission no kill shelter right out of college for a few years, and I still consider them the best group in this area. They are in a close relationship with a dog sanctuary and when dogs are there too long, if the dog is dog-friendly, they can send the dog there to live with a large pack of doggie friends for the rest of their life. I would still be volunteering there if they needed me, but I eventually reached a point where I had more time, passion, and skills than what they had a use for, so I left.
What's the process to euthanize a dog? Is it painful? The process varies by shelter and by state. In some states it is still legal to use the gas chamber to euthanize, which is an inhumane practice but easier and cheaper for the workers, hence why some shelters still use it.
Here the state requires they be euthanized by lethal injection, basically the same thing your personal vet would use to put down a dog. As far as whether or not it is painful, I don't really have an educated opinion on that since I'm not a vet, but with dogs I have seen put down by injection it's a quick process, like they fall asleep and don't wake up.
What are the most common breeds of dogs that come in? Most dogs that come in are mixed breed, about a quarter appear to be pure-bred but without papers it's hard to prove. Pit bull mixes (and various pit-like dogs) and chihuahuas are very common in this area.
Usually if a pure-bred dog of another breed enters the shelter they are pulled by a rescue fairly quickly because they are easier to adopt out. Personally I love mutts and don't understand the appeal of a pure-bred dog for the everyday owner.
What tolerance does your shelter have for pitbulls? I know where I live all pit bulls are terminated. They have a reasonable tolerance for them. There are more pits killed than any other type but that has very little to do with any breed traits, and a lot more to do with the fact that they're the breed of choice for horrible dog owners around here so there's a huge surplus of them.
I think you see the pure breed dogs leaving faster is due to the help of the local breed club/group. They get contacted and have the resources to find the proper owner who knows what they are getting into. That is true a lot of the times, but I've also found some of the local pure breed rescues to be overly picky, like saying a dog isn't purebred, when they look pretty purebred to me.
The boxer group refused to pull this guy, as an example, claiming he wasn't enough boxer: Link to i.imgur.com
I've heard mutts are usually healthier and longer lived, too. That has been the case for me personally. My thirteen year old mutt (beagle mix) is very healthy and probably will stick around a lot longer.
Makes sense from a biological standpoint, larger gene pool and all.
There's also the fun factor of having a dog that is truly one of a kind.
Is he smarter than the average beagle? Well, he almost drowned as a puppy and I think he has some brain damage from it, so I don't think he is very smart but it's not his fault. Poor guy :P.
There is a lot of emphasis put on the "goodness' of no kill shelters. How much flack do you get for running a kill shelter? Also, how are some of the ways your shelter plans to reduce the kill number? To clarify, I don't run the shelter. I am a team leader and board member (volunteer basis) for a rescue group that pulls exclusively from that shelter.
There are two types of no kill shelters, open admission and closed admission. A closed admission no kill shelter is basically a rescue that has a facility. It shouldn't be compared to an open admission shelter of any kind. They get a lot of flack for "turning animals away" but that is unfounded. As long as their animals are properly cared for and they are saving lives, then they are having a positive impact.
An open admission no kill shelter, when best practices are used and the animals are properly cared for, is the ideal goal for a shelter.
The shelter in the last bit of time has improved the number by working more with rescue groups and having more aggressive adoption tactics. I believe in order to reduce the number further in the future they (or we) should also focus on public education on the reality of the situation, marketing campaigns promoting shelter animals, and helping owners keep their pets (thus reducing intake numbers).
Thank you for doing the work you do. I've been insisting for years we need a special tax on dog breeding, dog food/apparel/accesories, etc, and any other activity that profits from house pets, and that money should go straight into groups like yours. I think your setup sounds awesome, and I agree that a shelter isn't the best place for every dog. It sounds like you're running a great little neighborhood rescue. I'd recommend getting the dogs fixed if you haven't already. Ideally our job as rescuers would no longer be needed and I hope to see that day. FWIW Petsmart Charities (the little prompt you get when you check out) does a lot here locally like sponsoring spay and neuter clinics. Also Pet Supplies Plus donates to the rescue doing the adoption whenever a pet is adopted in their store. So some of them take it upon themselves to help.
Thanks for answering. I thought of another question. What would you say is the primary reason people bring animals to the shelter you work at? Hard to answer this because the shelter doesn't ask enough questions (in my opinion) and people lie.
Moving, having a baby, losing your job, are common reasons I see. I see a lot of behavior issues being the reason but often it's something that the person should have trained out of the dog in the first place, and something that can still be fixed.
It's a common issue for people to acquire a large-ish breed puppy somehow and fail to give it basic training while its still small, leading to a large number of 1-2 year old bigger dogs being surrendered once their problem behaviors are no longer cute.
Is an open shelter one that takes every animal or one that doesn't refuse animals based on adoptability? Or something different? Closed admission shelters pick which dogs they want to take in. Open admission shelters take in all dogs that are within their jurisdiction. For example there's a city open admission no kill shelter near me. They take in all stray dogs found in that city and all owner surrenders from people that can prove they live in the city. So they don't take in all dogs per se, but they don't have the ability to pick and choose dogs to fill spaces.
What is your opinion on cattle? Aren't efforts hugely misbalanced considering how pigs, cows and chickens are treated every day in our food industry? I'm actually reasonably passionate about the treatment of livestock in this country as well, and I'm a vegetarian as a result, though not a strict one. I don't eat or buy any pig products, and pay a premium for pasture raised milk and pasture raised eggs.
I'm passionate about several issues but I don't have time to devote myself to all of them. I'd rather go all in on one that I can make a significant impact than do a little for many.
When a dog comes into the shelter, is there an upper age limit that guarantees it will be put down? Are there other traits that prevent an animal being put up for adoption? This varies by shelter but at this shelter, they go in every day and make a decision for every dog whose stray hold time is up. If they have spaces available on the adoption floor, they choose which dogs to go there. They choose some dogs to email out to their rescue partners to give a chance to save that way (this is a common approach for highly adoptable dogs that have some fixable problem, like a broken leg). Many of the rest are killed.
There is not really clear criteria, just a judgement call on who is the most adoptable.
Some shelters do have an age limit, but this one doesn't. I recently pulled a nine year old dog myself. Senior dogs are notoriously hard to adopt though, so I'm sure it is part of their decision.
Any signs of aggression are bad, obviously. Dogs that are too scared to be approached are also in serious danger.
How can ordinary people help these fuzzy little ones? If the organization has a shelter, you can stop by and visit them and see if the animals are well taken care of, and if the people are compassionate. If they don't have a shelter, you can try meeting them at off-site adoption events and seeing what the people are like. Many 501c3 organizations post their IRS documentation online so the public can see exactly how much they spend on what. For my organization, we usually struggle the most with finding foster homes and getting adoptions. On that note I'd say the best way to help the fuzzy ones is to either be a foster, or adopt. We also have a need for photographers, graphic designers, web programmers, and people to send emails/make phone calls. Everyone can do something :)
Related question: If someone wanted to donate to a rescue charity how could they tell the good guys from the bad guys. (Bad guys being the ones that only use < 10% of the donations to help animals.) In general, don't donate to large national organizations if you want to directly help animals. They tend to spend more on marketing and that sort of thing than on actual animals. I recognize that they have a place in animal welfare, but people donate to them with the assumption that money eventually reaches their local pound, and that's 999/1000 times not the case.
Do you feel like the overly restrictive rescues hurt the rescue process?
Why do you so many dogs end up in these shelters? Irresponsible owners mostly? I have avoided answering this because it's a hard question. You can't just look at why they go in to the shelter, but also have to look at why they don't come out. In short, yes, irresponsible owners are probably the #1 reason.
Either people don't know that there's such a huge problem, or they do know and choose to ignore it.
However, I don't place the blame solely on the owners' shoulders. The community should be out there taking an active role in the problem, educating their neighbors and friends, showing people how awesome their shelter dog is, and making wise decisions themselves about their pets. We have to change the attitude that pure bred puppies are somehow superior pets if we ever hope to reduce the demand (and therefore supply) for them. The best shelters for animals are almost always the ones which are surrounded by a community that supports them and respects them as more than a place to dump animals.
Likewise the shelters should be actively working with rescues to get pets out. They should be proactively trying to return strays to their owners, and when times are dire, they should be using aggressive adoption tactics like waiving adoption fees.
What are your thoughts on ASPCA? It's important for people to realize that the ASPCA has no affiliation with any other SPCA. That's a common misconception. People donate to ASPCA thinking it helps their local SPCA but it doesn't.
I'm not a huge fan of theirs, and I think they just fell into the same problems that most large national animal welfare organizations have. Too much bureaucracy and marketing, not enough actual animal care. Their president makes over $1 million a year. It's hard for me to come to terms with that.
I think it's just better to support local organizations, all things considered.
You said you've seen "the worst...in both people and dogs." Has there been any cases of animal cruelty by workers at the shelter? What is the worst condition you've seen an animal in? Not recently, but there have been cases of cruelty by the hands of workers at this shelter, even leading up to criminal charges. They made huge changes after that happened, and now most of the workers are relatively compassionate since the attitude has changed from the top down.
The worst condition I've seen dogs in is cruelty cases. There was one here not long ago of a dog doused in gasoline and set on fire. Puppy mill seizures are almost always in horrible shape, too. Two in particular come to mind, one that had a cage above him (only wire, no tray) and his long hair was caked in waste from the dog above to the point that he couldn't see or walk. Another was a great dane from a hoarder that was kept in a cage too short to the point that she could never stand up straight.
Do you feel an obligation to work more closely with kill shelters than non-kill because those animals are in more danger or do you try to not play favorites, so to speak? I think both play an integral part in saving lives, and tend not to favor one over the other. They each have important but different roles.
Most no kill shelters pull their dogs from kill shelters so it's all connected in the grand scheme of things.
But they never seem to understand that the people they turn away will just end up buying a pet from a mill. I don't think it's fair to put this blame on the rescue denying them. If someone buys a puppy mill dog, that's their poor decision, not the rescue's. If someone is willing to contribute to animal cruelty in order to have their cute puppy, I don't want to adopt to them in the first place because that's a clear indication of both a lack of compassion and an impulse decision.
I hear complaints that our forms are too long, but frankly I don't pay any attention to them. If someone isn't willing to take 10 minutes out of their day to allow me to verify that they are knowledgeable enough to provide adequate care for the dog I've spent months pouring my heart and money into, I have no desire to adopt to them either. The dog means too much to me to allow that to happen.
I've been the adopter being screened when I was adopting a dog before I had my own group, and I was happy to provide whatever information they required. I let the foster parent of the dog inspect my home. I had no desire to support a group that didn't care where their dogs went.
I think if someone has a problem with one rescue group denying them, they should just look for another. If they have a problem with multiple groups denying them, they should probably look at the reasons why and rethink if they are really ready to have a dog.
How do you get a job in a kill shelter? Animal services officers have certain certifications they need, typically. Vet techs also have special training.
A lot of the workers I see are just average people that needed a job. Nothing special. It doesn't pay a lot.
Everything I do is on a volunteer basis.
May I ask why you wish to keep your group anonymous? As a board member I'm legally allowed to make statements on our behalf.
I don't want my opinions to be seen as the opinions of my group.
Does your shelter ever get in exotic pets such as parrots? If so, what procedures does your shelter take with them? Exotic pets are generally transferred to a rescue that's equipped to deal with them.
Sometimes my group gets donations of pet bird supplies and we give them to a bird rescue that takes in abused birds, like parrots.
Sometimes it makes me sad to think that my dog never had pups while she was alive. Every puppy is an individual and the notion that you could've had another copy of your dog is unfortunately not true.
The importance depends on your area and situation and how bad the problem is there.
Even considering those factors, if you're not prepared to do a ton of research including finding a responsible breeder as a mentor, spend a ton of money on vetting the puppies, and then keeping up with each and every puppy throughout their entire lifetime to ensure they're not abandoned or abused, it's better to spay/neuter and not take the chance.
I will never own a dog that isn't fixed. While my dogs may never roam the neighborhood and get another dog pregnant, that doesn't stop some crazed unneutered dog from digging his way under my fence and getting an unspayed dog of mine pregnant.
When I am rich I will build a temple for animals with no homes. Want to work with me? When you're rich you can help me build the best shelter in the country! :)
Sorry if this has been asked, I haven't read all the comments but has it ever gotten to a point where you wanted to give up this responsibility? Your duties can be very heartbreaking, based on some responses. Some of that is my own fault. I'm a perfectionist and have a hard time trusting other people with things that are typically my responsibility. It helps that my husband is so involved since we can keep each other going, and share responsibilities. There have been times I've wanted to quit, but TBH this gives my life meaning and purpose I haven't been able to find elsewhere.
Do you often run into situations with animal hoarding? If so, does it seem like animal hoarding is a large scale problem or are they pretty isolated incidences? It's fairly isolated. I know people that legally are hoarders in terms of number of animals in the household, but actually take excellent care of their animals. I know a couple that has 14 dogs, but their life literally revolves around the care of those dogs.
I don't agree with the animal limit laws that limit the number of animals someone can have. My husband and I could reasonably care for 6 to 7 dogs at least, but many people can't properly care for 1. The limit in our city is 4, which we are almost always at. I think they should judge owners on the care the animals receive, not the number present.
Hoarding is an interesting situation because often people have good intentions but just get in over their heads. It is very sad when it gets to a cruel point, and I've seen some really bad cases of neglect by hoarders.
Does the shelter you work with have any rules that you must follow before you can rescue an animal? I foster pups for a local group and our local kill shelter has rules which I find odd. Here are the rules we have to follow. The first rule is probably for disease control, the foster home working like a quarantine. It's strange that the shelter requires it though.
Our local kill shelter is mired in politics and people who think they are more important that they really are. We do have a very good network of fosters, rescue groups and a travel network though. Sometimes we've been thrown under the bus though for things we have literally nothing to do with. For example we once had a local festival put on by a local animal advocacy group try to deny us being able to bring dogs for adoption on the basis that some woman who has no involvement with us bad mouthing them in comparison to us. They said that unless we got her to back down we couldn't come. It was absurd. She wasn't even a volunteer.
What vacuum is best for cleaning up animal (Labrador dog) hair, in your opinion? I have all hardwood floors and tile and a $20 Walmart vacuum has actually worked wonders for me.
TBH though I gave up on keeping my house clear of dog hair years ago.
How many pot bellied pigs do you take in, and subsequently kill? My group only takes in dogs and some cats. I don't think the shelter keeps or kills farm animals, but signs them over to a rescue group more equipped to deal with them.
So you never personally came into contact with a pot bellied pig you handed over to a pig rescue? My rescue group only pulls dogs and occasionally cats. I don't actually work at the shelter. I've never personally come in contact with a surrendered or seized animal that wasn't a dog, cat, or small fuzzy pet.
It's really unusual for them to get something other than a dog or cat. I see guinea pigs and hamsters occasionally. I'm fairly certain they are signed over to a rescue or a trusted owner willing to adopt them.
Ill try and take some photos of my pot bellied pigs for you. Maybe seeing them will cheer you up. Edit: here is the pig in bed photos I tried to take some while they were walking around. but they wouldn't hold still for a decent photo. That pig in the front looks especially happy :)
What I don't get is...why don't pet stores just sell these shelter pets? I have a funny feeling you'd end up moving more pets if you copied the pet store model. The pet store model has been utilized by rescues in different parts of the country. I think you can find examples if you search for them.
The retail model is something that a lot of rescues try to copy. The problem is that it's hard to reach the point where you can buy property and hire employees.
I head up a large animal rescue. My biggest challenge is that I'm exhausted. There's never enough donations to help all the people who can't keep their animals. Animal control in many areas is lax. In some counties it to downright joke, and they simply won't send anyone out. But we don't have the authority to seize animals or trespass without animal control authority. The few times we can get Animal Control involved, there very reluctant to press charges. The few times abusers go to court they either win or they go home with only a slap on the wrist and the animals are returned to them. The government doesn't want to fund welfare enforcement laws sufficiently so enforcement in rural areas is weak. There isn't much money for training officers in welfare issues for species other than dogs . Donors don't understand why sometimes extremely aggressive or elderly animals may be candidates for euthanasia. Animal trainers that are any good won't work for free consistently. Donors dont understand why it costs a lot of money to retrain a single animal. How do you keep from going crazy in a world that demands everything from you and give you no resources to do it? I think you have to be a little crazy to keep going.
One of the best things we have going for trainers is a couple trainers that will take our dogs into their homes for a couple weeks for "boot camp". It's hard to get foster homes to consistently keep up with training, and you don't want to ask too much of them for fear of them quitting.
One of the best things we've had going for us for fundraising is a partnership with a beer festival. People love donating to cute dogs when they're drunk :P.
Is the shelter just for dogs and cats, or do you take in other animals? At shelters I've been to there's always a huge amount of unwanted birds and rodents that are rarely adopted. Birds aren't very popular here and they get sent to a bird rescue.
Rodents sometimes sit in the lobby and are free to take home or like $5. I have a friend that runs a rat rescue and she pulls abandoned rats out.
I don't think it's a huge problem here.
You mention that your goal is to reduce the number killed to a reasonable amount. What is your groups definition of this "reasonable amount" if you don't mind me asking? In general, around 90% of the animals coming in are adoptable, or can be adoptable after medical treatment and/or training, so that is the generally accepted goal. Up to 10% of animals coming in are too dangerous or sick/injured to ever be adopted.
Do you notice a higher amount of a breed making it into the shelter? I ask because a shelter I used to work at seemed to get a lot of rotties in. Pits are the breed of choice for the bad neighborhoods around here, so we see a lot of them.
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