Silent Shelter explores the too common experience of shelter volunteers and rescuers who are dismissed after expressing their first amendment rights. It doesn’t matter how many years a whistle-blower (volunteer or rescuer) has worked with a shelter, they are quickly revoked and sometimes put on trespassing notice after violating a shelter’s restrictive non-disclosure policy.
Even though these actions are illegal, management at poorly run shelters continues to engage in them. There is a bright light ahead in the future of shelter animal rescue. Advocates are speaking up to expose the deliberate lack of transparency and accountability at the local level. They’re doing this by attending council meetings and forming groups advocating no-kill.
The Silent Shelter promises this from their documentary
“What unfolds in the film is a shocking and often irreverent look at the politics and propaganda, backstabbing and retaliation that often encompasses animal welfare. It examines the fine line between valued volunteer and persona non grata, when individuals expose the corruption and unethical behavior. Told through the personal accounts of those who dare to speak up for the ones who do not have a voice…the animals.”
A lot is still needed to make Silent Shelter a reality. First and foremost is money necessary to back the film. Rather than go into a novella explaining these, along with merchandise being sold to raise funds, just click on their webpage here.
Please share this article with friends. Animal advocates are making progress. The proof is in the media coverage of shelters being taken down on an almost weekly basis due to ill treatment of animals or blatant animal cruelty.
People are always asking how they can help put a stop to shelter abuse. The answer is to help make projects like this possible.
Please feel free to comment on any bad animal shelter experiences you’ve had as a volunteer or rescue.