Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Last month, the three trustees of the foundation announced that Furry Friends would be closing its doors so that they can sell the building, which is worth a fortune. They claim that they will pay out the money from the sale to other no kill shelters at a rate of 7% per year. But then again, they also claimed that they would fulfill the wishes of the woman whose estate they are managing.
Needless to say, there's been a lot of talk and rumors about exactly how this all came about. I won't repeat the details, except to say that it seems that the Trustees have been planning this for quite a while, and have been making it as difficult as possible for the organization to function.
I feel badly for the many people who have worked their asses off trying to maintain this organization--for the benefit of the animals (including cats and guinea pigs, as well as dogs.) But mostly I'm concerned for the animals themselves, and for Chicago, which is losing a great, great asset.
There's no chance the trustees will change their minds, but I think the trustess should hear from people about their decision. So here they are--maybe send them some dog biscuits along with your thoughts:
Gail M. Papp
8244 Oakland Place
Orlando, FL 32819
Glenn Hamiltion, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC
The Rookery Building
209 S. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604