Yearly Archives: 2014

The torment of precautions

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny. Napoleon Bonaparte In my other life I sometimes teach emergency risk management. Essentially risk management is a decision-making tool allowing you to map a possible hazard against its likelihood and consequence in order to […]


Every letter deserves a reply

There is a letter making its way around rescue groups, ostensibly written by an anonymous “shelter manager” in South Carolina in the US.  It’s one of those internet things that pop-up on Facebook and forums so that everyone can indulge in a bit of recreational outrage. Presumably the author was venting his/her frustration and anger […]

Doing the sums on pet over-population

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. S. Gudder 63% of 7.5 million households in Australia have a cat or dog.* That is 4,725,000 households have one or more pets, one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. Let’s assume that each […]


Scrap value

The iron fist of the real, inside the velvet glove of airy mathematics.~Gregory Benford, Timescape  The reality for many, if not most, rescue groups, is that we are beggars at the gates of the shelters and pounds, dependent on their good will to save lives. We plead with them to give us animals, turning a […]