SHOULD THERE BE A BAN ON POOR PEOPLE ADOPTING PETS?

THE GREAT DOG ADOPTION DEBATE!

The headline above is a question that came up in Houston’s City Council on Monday. At special committee meeting on BARC (Houston’s Animal Shelter) Council member Wanda Adams read an email from the contractor who was hired by the city to turn BARC around. He is Gerard Fusco. In that email he indicated the agency should focus its adoptions in more affluent areas. Adams says there was also a list of zip codes that were shown at council that were to be considered essentially no adoption promotion zones. One of those zip codes is where Council member Adams lives. She immediately took offense to the whole premise that BARC should not concentrate its adoption efforts in less affluent or areas where Fusco says pets are treated poorly. She says, “it doesn’t define that everybody in that area that we are bad pet owners because we live in those areas.” Fusco says he was not indicating BARC should flat out exclude poorer areas for pet adoptions. He says it’s a matter of economics. Fusco told the Insite, “in today’s economy it’s very very difficult because people can’t feed their families and so they’re turning in animals because they can’t feed them.” He went on to say the agency should focus more in areas that have been ignored or not targeted where animals have not been poorly treated. So what do you think? Should their be some could of moratorium on the poor adopting pets in this tough economy or does it matter? The Insite would love to hear your opinion!