Jan McHugh-Smith continues to blame "animal-activists" for exposing her failure to live up to the standards that should be met by any compassionate shelter director. She let animals die in the San Francisco shelters and used the excuse that San Francisco residents "didn't understand the definition of no-kill." This is more than a stretch considering San Francisco is the city that pioneered the No Kill movement. She was only interested in the "easily adoptable" animals and let the local Animal Control kill any that didn't meet her narrow requirements. McHugh-Smith failed as a community leader and was more concerned with manipulating numbers and statistics to make herself look good rather than working with the community and advocating for the animals of San Francisco. Instead of assisting shelters outside of San Francisco County with developing successful spay/neuter and adoption programs to help save more animals, McHugh-Smith cherry-picked handfuls of "highly adoptable" animals to take to the SF SPCA. These out of county shelters would then fill up the next day with more animals that would be killed; comparing this to using a finger to stop a leaky faucet would be giving this approach more credit than it is worthy of. I encourage the residents of Pike's Peak to pay close attention to the actions of McHugh-Smith. If Pike's Peak really wants to save animals they will demand their Humane Society adopt the No Kill Philosophy.
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