BRENT TOELLNER SAVES KANSAS CITY DOGGIES FROM CERTAIN DEATH!!!
When Kansas City blogger Brent Toellner isn't advocating against public housing in his neighborhood for po'folk, he's saving the lives of THOUSANDS of local dogs.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY BLOGGER BRENT TOELLNER EARNS NATIONWIDE ACCLAIM FOR HIS WORK ESTABLISHING THE NO-KILL KANSAS CITY PET PROJECT!!!
Credit where it's due, Mr. Toellner masterfully navigated through a myriad of city rules and regs to establish the KC Pet Project as a live saving force for cowtown animals.
Check the background on how all of this was accomplished . . .
Six months to no-kill: Kansas City Pet Project shows us how
"In 2008, Kansas City Dog Advocates began a campaign urging the city to privatize animal shelter operations, which at the time had a rather dismal record and a live release rate of only 31% of all animals entering the shelter. The campaign was successful, and the city put the animal control contract out for bids.
"In 2009, a private veterinarian won the contract and made some progress, raising the live release rate to 61% by 2011. However, in March of 2011, the city terminated that contract amid some controversy related to, among other things, the deaths of unattended sick animals and record-keeping irregularities. They soon put the contract out to bid for a second time, but received no bids within the time frame of the RFP (Request for Proposal).
"With lives on the line, and a three-week extension for the RFP from the city, Brent and his team immediately set to work to (1) create Kansas City Pet Project from scratch, (2) line up an executive director, and (3) submit a successful bid to land a $1.2 million animal control contract with the city. Again, they accomplished all of that in three short weeks.
Brent Toellner celebrates his 7th year doggie blogging and all of his accomplishments in a recent anniversary post.
Again, on another blog that's kinda connected to his doggie efforts he takes the hard line against HUMANS and all of their problems that come with low-income housing in his beloved Hyde Park (home to some of Kansas City's worst people) . . . However, Mr. Toellner's efforts to influence City Hall and Fed Housing politics added up to zilch around the same time his doggie advocacy hit the tipping point.
Don't get it twisted, I'm being kind of a smart-ass but what Mr. Toellner has accomplished with his advocacy is actually REALLY WORTHWHILE and a sign of somebody doing the very best they can to improve this town in their own way . . . Still . . .
The lesson here is that Kansas City blogging can accomplish some IMPRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENTS and at least save a lot of doggie lives. Humans, not so much.