'No Kill' Group Envisions Survival of All Adoptable Animals
For the past month, Wysocki, a former marine with a background in sales and working with animals, has been researching and forming a plan to make Harford County a place where no adoptable animal or feral cat is killed.
Harford County resident Adam Wysocki was inspired by his son to start an animal interest organization.
Wysocki said he and his son were watching a movie about a group of kids who try to rescue animals from a local shelter to prevent them from being put down.
The movie got his son thinking.
The boy asked Wysocki if Harford County has a no kill shelter and Wysocki told him no.
"He said 'Dad, you’re a really smart guy can’t you do something about that,'" Wysocki said.
For the past month, Wysocki, a former marine with a background in sales and working with animals, has been researching and forming a plan.
The absense of a no kill shelter in Harford County has stirred passionate debate in the past. Some have attacked the Harford County Humane Society, although both the humane society and organizations such as H.O.P.E (Humane Options to Prevent "Euthanasia") agree they do not want to put animals down.
Wysocki explained his organization is taking a non-adversarial approach to making Harford County a place where, "no adoptable pet or feral cat is killed regardless or resources, economics or politics."
"Saving lives of animals is a good thing," Wysocki said.
He explained he is not in the business of pointing fingers and wants to take on what he can to make killing adoptable animals unnecessary.
“Nobody is saying if it’s not a 'no kill' shelter you’re a terrible person, that’s a ridiculous argument,” Wysocki said.
Instead, he's interested in slowly changing the things he can, and a major part of that is building community support and growing the number of volunteer pet fosters.
“It’s a fact, adoptable pets are killed in shelters across the country all the time,” Wysocki said, later adding, "I think this county is a very generous, very caring, very animal loving county."
Instead of reinventing the wheel, Wysocki wants to pour more resources into existing organizations and fill in any gaps to ensure "inexpensive spay/neuter services, and trapping, treating and releasing feral cat colonies."
"What my hope is, I think that this problem can be solved by building that foundation in the community," Wysocki said.