Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Los Angeles: Want to help pound animals not be in this situation at all?

image source: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/shelter-reform/no-kill-equation/

From: Kathryn Hargreaves <khargreaves@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, May 6, 2014 at 5:16 PM
Subject: Los Angeles, CA -- Red listed cats at 6 LA city shelters

I am not the contact.   Please pass this on if you're not taking them.   It's very important to send these on if you can, as you never know who might need a great cat in their lives.   Thanks!

Want to help pound animals not be in this situation at all?

Please write your mayor and city council or board of supervisors (or whomever oversees your pound) asking them to implement the No Kill Equation right away:

http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/shelter-reform/no-kill-equation/:
having a TNR program, high-volue/low-cost sterilization, working with rescue reputable groups (per the Hayden Law), having foster care for all ages, having u adoptions programs (monthly promotions, daily off-site adoptions), having a pet retention program, medical and behavior prevention/rehabilitation, good public relations for community involvement, using volunteers, doing proactive redemptions (e.g., return to owner in the field instead of impoundment), and most importantly, having a compassionate director that will take killing off the table and find more creative solutions to killing for convenience.

Since most cities will not have funding in place, you might suggest how they fund it.  One way is to reapportion existing funds.   Another is to make liberal use of trained volunteers.   Another is to partner with businesses.   The ways are limited only by your imagination.

If you specifically want to help cats, ask them to build cat rooms for the cats, as pounds are not set up for cats (http://articles.philly.com/2011-03-11/news/28680476_1_cat-dander-shelter-conditions-calicivirus).  The No Kill shelter who did this funded their rooms by putting out a call for donations: see Making Your Shelter the Cat's Meow: http://vimeo.com/26974723


Here's the list for Los Angeles city (Los Angeles City Council):

Mayor Eric Garcettii <mayor.garcetti@lacity.org>, Gilbert Cedillo <councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org>, Paul Krekorian <councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org>, Bob Blumenfield <councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org>, Tom LaBonge <councilmember.labonge@lacity.org>, Paul Koretz <paul.koretz@lacity.org>, Felipe Fuentes <councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org>, Bernard Parks <councilmember.parks@lacity.org>, Curren D. Price Jr. <councilmember.price@lacity.org>, Herb J. Wesson Jr. <councilmember.wesson@lacity.org>, Mike Bonin <councilmember.bonin@lacity.org>,  Mitchell Englander <councilmember.englander@lacity.org>, Mitch O'Farrell <councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org>, Jose Huizar <councilmember.huizar@lacity.org>, Joe Buscaino <councildistrict15@lacity.org>

Here's the list for Los Angeles county (L.A. County Board of Supervisors):

Gloria Molina <molina@bos.lacounty.gov>,
Mark Ridley-Thomas <MarkRidley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.gov>,
Don Knabe <don@bos.lacounty.gov>,
Zev Yaroslavsky <zev@bos.lacounty.gov>,
Michael D. Antonovich <FifthDistrict@lacbos.org>



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