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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 .

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 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.

Wednesday was the first meeting of his organization No Kill Harford. About 22 people engaged in the discussion at the Bel Air branch of the .

The absense of a no kill shelter in Harford County has 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.

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 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.

HarfordLassie February 01, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Christine, I have no affiliation with the shelter in any way so you and Ms. Ruth can stop wondering. On other threads, which included members of HOPE and other citizens and non-citizens, shelter management itself has extended the invitation to anyone who cares to take them up on visiting or speaking with them directly. I imagine they are busy continuing to work on the things that Mr. Wysocki doesn't think exist in Harford county. Mr. Wysocki can do anything he wishes within the law without answering to anyone, but it's hypocritical to pretend he wants to work with current resources and only have contact with a select few groups that happen to be "no-kill"/Nathan followers that have been very vocal against the shelter. The largest "resource" in Harford County dealing with animals is the shelter. Logic says that's the first place to go to see what might be missing and where the holes are to plug. I've personally invested a lot of time going beyond the surface of all of the various groups and people that have come my way since my first blog on the shelter, and I continue to do so. My interest is in the animals that wind up on the shelter's door. No other group or person comes close to what the shelter has invested, already implemented and plans to implement to save more lives. Every life counts and if 3 animals are saved by any of these community groups that's great, but the bulk still falls on the shoulders of the shelter and they need our support.
Christine February 02, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Well, Ms. Neidhardt, what you say the shelter is doing sounds a lot like moving towards No Kill. Is it the terminology that is bothering you? As far as the local pound holding the monopoly on how to dispose of wayward animals, I think times are changing all over the country on that and the HSHC may well be on board with that. We don't know, but my guess is the shelter of Harford County wants to save animals rather than kill them.
Karl Schuub February 02, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Just so you all know Nathan and Peter from Allegeny whom Nathan awarded a prize are now targeting a clinic in Roanoke, VA. I find multiple "go get ems" on the internet with shelter numbers, council persons numbers, local blogs, and websites, etc. It should not surprise anyone the warranted suspicion when we have a poster here who seems to have just arrived for this one topic. Sic em...get em.
Karl Schuub February 02, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Nobody wants animals killed; I object to TNR as a primary tool behind the entire philosophy. You can't stack these cats in shelters so you move them outside...how perfect - a nearly endless number of acres nationwide with virtually no oversite. If we can talk about the shelter an erase TNR from the equation then fine but we all know that's not going to happen so what's the point. I think we need to take the Los Angeles model and move it around the country...as much as I hate federal intervention...there are federal laws involving protection of migratory birds. We can put a stop to this nonsense right quick with the interest of the feds.
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I would agree the shelter would more than likely welcome other avenues to savings lives that other organizations might propose and undertake. The point being made was Mr. Wysocki scheduled a public meeting based on falsehoods about what was available and currently being addressed.in Harford County. That follows the blueprint most of the "no-kill" advocates take. When the only public info available shows Mr. Wysocki aligned with others who follow this blueprint from city to city, and those who have been harshly critical of the shelter, and he a history longer than his claimed month of wanting to do something, it seems inconsistent. What happens from here will determine if he's sincere and misguided, or a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Christine February 02, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Ms. Neidhardt, you could go to the next public No Kill Harford meeting and voice your concerns directly. It's always different when you speak with someone face to face rather than typing things out.
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I plan on attending future public meetings. A health issue prevented me from personally being at the first one. I may write a future blog on it here on Patch once I have personally seen and heard from Mr. Wysocki himself. Perhaps I will live stream the meeting so anyone who cannot attend can also see/hear it.
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 01:39 AM
....You can find comments by Mr. Wysocki on the No Kill Alleghany Facebook page that Peter runs as well. Yes, why on earth would anyone be suspicious?
Karl Schuub February 02, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Joan: You and I might come from a different place...I hike, I'm a "birder" and spend much time in the parts of Harford that afford all of us outside solice, but I think we have areas where we can agree. No doubt the local shelter needs protection from these folks; they've been targeted clearly.
Christine February 02, 2012 at 02:11 AM
That Facebook page would be No Kill Allegany County...again no evidence of HSHC bashing. I am looking forward to your coverage of the next No Kill Harford meeting, Ms. Neidhardt.
Karl Schuub February 02, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Christine...I know how unfair it must be...clearly the "NO KILL" folks are gentle and full of compromise. I think we should all be thankful that Cody found a home. That would be a horse that you freak nuts could care less about since it doesn't have claws.
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Yes it will be nice to hear from Mr Wysocki instead of a few people here that seem to have a very heavy investment in protecting him Hopefully he will have visited the shelter before his next meeting and can actually speak for himself.
Ms. Ruth February 02, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Why would he visit the shelter? He's working within the county, not the shelter. He's putting programs into effect within Harford County, from which the shelter will benefit. It is totally obvious what programs are needed, even though you say they are already in place. And I'm not saying those programs aren't in place, but they're not broad enough to have any impact. NKH will either enhance those that are there (if they want to be enhanced - a couple of ladies with a cat spay program made it very clear at the meeting that they did not want to get bigger or join forces - they just want to do what they're already doing), or will put additional same-type programs in place to fill in the gaps. Now I really don't see where you can have a problem with that, but, of course, you do. Whether or not NKH should exist or should put programs in place is not open to debate. It is here and it is doing it. Suggestions about people or groups who may want to help and ideas about ways to get things done better and faster are open topics.
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Well Ms. Ruth, unless you are Mr.Wysocki in drag, you certainly seem to be speaking for him! It's really sad that some people are so invested in Nathan's "no kill equation" that they refuse to acknowledge anything the shelter has accomplished and is accomplishing. Keep on putting out the propaganda that they aren't doing enough. Where have I seen this before? Oh that's right, it's part of Nathan's way of gaining public support and driving out shelter management. It's obviously propaganda since you, and apparently Mr. Wysocki, are clueless what is happening there. Why don't you all just get together, build your own shelter and compete for the county contract since you are all so far ahead and have all the answers? Mr. Wysocki is posting he is having a hard time coming up with $40 for a meeting room at the library each month, but If you all think you can do a better job dealing with thousands of animals, not just the adoptable ones, that wind up on the shelter's doorstep, go for it.
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Alleghany County's "No Kill" shelter- 1 year later January 12th, 2012 by WCBC Radio In a marathon first meeting of the new year of the Allegany County Animal Control Board- management of the Animal Shelter came under fire from both board members, volunteers and the general public. For close to two and a half hours, often times emotional debate dominated the session- with accusations ranging from a lack of leadership; volunteers not addressing tasks that they had signed up for; a lack of accountability; poor management; and unsanitary, unhealthy conditions at the shelter. Several members complained of volunteers being critical of other volunteers and board members via posts on “Facebook”. Dianne Care who runs the local Ark of Hope Rescue for animals in Oldtown blasted Shelter Manager Carl Brubaker for allowing the shelter to operate in such a disorganized, unsanitary manner…
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 06:17 PM
and January 13th, 2012 by WCBC Radio A day after being taken to task by members of the public as well as some volunteers- Allegany County Animal Shelter Director Carl Brubaker appeared on WCBC’s “Dave Norman Show” to address the criticisms. During a Wednesday afternoon board meeting, the concerns about the shelter ranged from unsanitary conditions; a lack of communication; no accountability and a general lack of organization. One concern expressed by several citizens who had visited the shelter focused on employees there ignoring obvious problems, and seeming to lack concern for the animals. Brubaker said that is a behavior that will not be tolerated…
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 06:19 PM
And here is the response from "No Kill Alleghany" aka Peter Masloch, who also works at the shelter The ridiculousness of some people never ceases to amaze me. We learned that a reporter from WCBC Radio was sent ”undercover” to the Allegany County Animal Shelter in order to digg up some dirt. Seems like WCBC Radio now is doing the dirty work for other people. DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP! http://nokillallegany.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/update-dirty-deeds-done-dirt-cheap/
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 06:22 PM
From the article, note the extreme comparison to Guantanamo Bay Yesterday afternoon I attended the board meeting of the Allegany County Animal Shelter Control Board. After 5 minutes the goal of the meeting became very clear to everybody that attended the meeting: the assassination of a passionate Animal Shelter manager and forcing it’s own (kill) agenda on to the animal shelter. At no point in time during the meeting was the Board interested in hearing about the accomplishments and progress the shelter has made. It was very clear that the Board was trying to paint a dirty picture and deliver it to the public which was done through Bryan Gowans form WCBC Radio. The Chair of the Board, Peggy Mcdaniel, and her sidekick Dianne Care, who is not a member of the Board but always acting like one, conducted the meeting like a court hearing at Guantanamo Bay. Pictures, stories and people were prepared before the meeting in order to assassinate the Shelter manager and everything he stands for, same for the Shelter employees and the Volunteers at the Shelter.
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM
February 2nd, 2012 by WCBC Radio An aging, inadequate facility and a shortage of staff are the biggest challenges for management at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. The shelter operation has come under fire in recent months, including a report this week that cages aren’t being cleaned and animals are not receiving food and water in a timely manner. Emergency Services oversees the shelter. EMS Director Dick Devore tells WCBC News that a combination of a capacity shelter, too few staffers and a desire to avoid putting down any cats and dogs- can lead to some of the problems that have been identified…
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 06:40 PM
and let's not forget what happened in the summer, 6 months into No Kill- August 12th, 2011 by WCBC Radio Dick DeVore, Allegany County’s emergency management division chief, reports that the Animal Shelter should be re-opened in a matter of days. In an effort to cleanse the facility of diseases that have broken out during the summer, the shelter has not been adopting out or accepting animals for about six weeks. DeVore tells WCBC News that unfortunately during that time many people looking to get rid of unwanted pets, simply abandon them outside of the shelter or elsewhere. He cautions anyone with that idea to reconsider as they could be sited and face charges.
HarfordLassie February 02, 2012 at 06:45 PM
No, they are too busy bashing a radio station and board who found unsanitary conditions and animals not being cared for at their shelter.
Christine February 03, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Ms. Neidhardt, I have no investment in protecting Mr. Wysocki quite the opposite. I do not consider Mr. Winograd a messiah. I do however believe in a no kill philosophy and I am proud to live in a community that has already embraced No Kill. Things change, Ms. Neidhardt. It was a brave man who first said: Let's not use gas anymore, lethal injection is so much more humane. I'm sure that met with opposition in the beginning. The winds of change are blowing in your direction...Ms. Neidhardt.
HarfordLassie February 03, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I believe my comments were directed to "Ms. Ruth", "Christine" Are you one and the same? As I stated previously and you conveniently ignored, there are groups here that do not kill healthy adoptable animals, but evidently Mr. Wysocki didn't know about them either. They are much smaller in scale and it's a lot easier to be "no-kill" when you limit what you take in to begin with and don't have more animals than you can possibly house, deal with feral cats, rodents, reptiles, farm animals, to name a few. "no-kill" doesn't exist. The only way it does is to eliminate numbers from the population and focus on a specific group of animals. Even Nathan's calculations about the number of animals dying in shelters versus the number of people wanting a new pet are massaged beyond reason to say pet over population doesn't exist. It assumes the only animals available for adoption are animals in shelters, totally discounting responsible pedigree breeders, puppy mills and backyard breeders.. It also lumps all the dogs and cats together and most shelters are overwhelmed with more cats than dogs. It's all smoke and mirrors. I recognize that you feel a need to make combative and condescending comments in your replies but in order for you to insult me I would first have to value your opinion.
Christine February 03, 2012 at 05:25 AM
I was not insulting you, Ms. Neidhardt. It seems like the only opinion you value is your own. Did you notice that I am the only audience you have left? Good luck to you, ma'am.
Karl Schuub February 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Bottom line is our local shelter has made considerable improvement under current leadership. The several times I've been there the areas were clean, the staff was helpful and the animals appeared to be healthy. I don't envy anyone trying to run a shelter...you've got more animals than spaces for animals so tough decisions must sometimes be made and I'm sure nobody likes that part of the job. On the flip side, they do a bang up job with limited resources. Can you imagine trying to perform a function while being continually smeared by a bunch of fringe zealots whose intent is to turn the public against you at every turn? Not to mention all these disparate little groups who continually want to interfere with shelter policies and the decisions you make...I can't imagine how difficult that must be.
HarfordLassie February 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Well said Karl. Not only does the shelter continue to have these people who have no clue what is happening there bashing them they hide behind fake names or community groups with no named officers. It makes it easier to call in other like minded people from other cities to join in conversations and petitions to make it appear there are more of then locally than there really are. We had "no-kill" and hundreds of domestic animals suffered before they were put down in a single day and now we have a case study of the agenda of the "no-kill nation" unfolding in Alleghany and it's not a nice cooperative effort that is best for the animals. We don't need "no-kill"as defined by Nathan and his zealots. The shelter is doing a better job and accomplishing more without it.
Karl Schuub February 03, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Seems to me if you really want to help the animals you contact the shelter and ask them what would be constructive and how you might help rather than contact the shelter and tell them what they "have" to do to make you happy. This ought to be about the welfare of the animals; not the political agenda of a few.
HarfordLassie February 03, 2012 at 04:59 PM
nadda April 25, 2012 at 02:13 AM
This the same Adam Wysocki who breeds and peddles reptiles? Might know it would be one of the "No Kill" breeders - i.e. dog, cat, reptiles, etc. Wake up people - this "No Kill" agenda is being uncovered as supported by breeders and other animal use industries. It is NOT animal rights/welfare groups behind this thing. An Adam Wysocki runs "8 Ball Pythons" - Google his name along with "reptile breeder".
nadda April 25, 2012 at 02:19 AM
This "NK" agenda is a front group - yep, they may save a few animals for their image and rep - but their end game is to force the taxpayer funded animal controls and govt. funded humane societies to turn the operations over to them - a (so called) non profit group aka a "NK" bunch of attys, consultants, breeders, etc - people with absolutely NO shelter/welfare experience - it's happening all across the nation.


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