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On Saturday January 21, For Belle’s Sake (FBS), an animal rescue organization, organized a “no judgment remission event.”

According to FBS information, a total of 206 animals were brought by individuals and surrounding pounds to The Spot parking lot. Hairball Haven, Furry Friends, Mondak, Kruses Critters, Prairie to Peaks and Tails of the Midwest also participated and hosted animals. Of those 206, FBS hosted 64, the highest number of any participating shelter.

Some animals were “Until now, humane euthanasia was the only option,” but FBS said it did not euthanize any animals itself and could not provide the number of animals euthanized at the event.

“Those other participating organizations euthanized were due to serious illness and an end to suffering,” says FBS. “Euthanasia is performed on the recommendation of a veterinarian to end the suffering in cases where the animal’s survival is minimal. To be a true “no-kill” by concept alone, an animal’s suffering is never over.

FBS, a non-profit organization located in Sawyer, is led by Shelby and Christian Bird, who are both active duty Airmen at Minot Air Force Base. An FBS representative said this type of non-judgmental release event allows people to release animals they can no longer care for without review.

“Many owners of pets in distress who are unable/unwilling to provide adequate animal care are afraid to reach out and ask for help due to judgment on their character,” they said. “No judgment for us at For Belle’s Sake Rescue means that we also do not judge the ability/reasoning of another shelter or shelter to refuse to participate or how they determine their ability with respect to the number of animals they can provide.”

However, Souris Valley Animal Shelter (SVAS), which has an application system and surrender donation requirement to accept surrendered animals, disagreed that the event was positive and had its own judgments. They made it known through social media. A representative for SVAS responded to a comment asking if some kittens posted by SVAS were from last week’s surrender event.

He read, “SVAS maintains that this event was irresponsible and does not reflect our mission. This surrender event was not for pets that froze to death on the streets, but rather was a way for foster pets (safe pets!) to go to rescues that don’t have the ability to care for them with quality care.

This comment has since been deleted and SVAS declined to identify the person who wrote it, but said several people had access to their social media accounts. However, in an interview with The Minot Daily News, SVAS Executive Director Shelbi Waters confirmed that SVAS actually believed the event was irresponsible.

“If these animals have a home that already provides them with even the minimum care that the shelter would give them, why fill your space to potentially cause them more pain? Why fill your space and prevent emergency strays from entering your establishment? Why fill your space to offer these animals a lower quality of life than they received before entering your shelter”, Waters said.

FBS said anyone who thinks a non-judgmental surrender event is irresponsible should attend, and the shelter has been preparing to accommodate the animals for weeks.

“Usually at these events there is not much knowledge about the animals that may come. We prepared for the arrival of about 250 animals. Fortunately, we were shy. We welcomed 64 of the 206 animals in need of shelter. While we don’t want that much, we certainly wouldn’t turn away someone in need. We just work harder,” they said. “Often judgment comes from a lack of insight. The best way to combat this is to educate.

SVAS raised the question of whether FBS has the capacity to care for the animals they took last week, or if they have the capacity to care for the animals they rescue in general.

According to information provided by SVAS, they have 22 full-time employees and 36 full-time volunteers who contributed 1,000 hours in January and part-time volunteers who contributed 306 hours. In December, they brought back 85 animals.

“The broader question to ask is, are these other rescues even believable?” Waters said.

The FBS website says the shelter is run by the two servicemen who “volunteer their mornings, evenings and weekends caring for over 60 dogs and cats rescued from high-mortality animal shelters, owner surrender or stray waiting for their forever home.”

Their email autoresponder says it’s primarily run by two people who “not only working full time but having a family in addition to providing care for over 1500 animals and rescue operations.”

FBS did not specify exactly how many animals they care for on average, how many they can accommodate, or how much time each day is spent with the animals in their care.

SVAS said it follows shelter capacity guidelines set by the UC David Koret Shelter Medicine Program, which calls for 15 minutes a day for each animal to receive food, water and minimal cleaning.

“So when you think about irresponsible animal care and these home rescues, that’s the problem that SVAS has – the lack of accountability – and also the impossible possibility that all of these animals can be cared for in the way they’re supposed to be. do it.

All interviews with FBS were conducted via email or other messaging. During these interviews, the respondent declined to identify themselves or participate in a telephone or in-person interview. However, they spoke on behalf of the animal shelter via the FBS email listed on their Facebook and website.

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