Friday, January 2, 2015

Los Angeles: SOS North Central just got 30 cats in from a hoarding case! Cats need out help!!

http://www.laanimalservices.com/shelters/








From: "Kathryn Hargreaves" <khargreaves@gmail.com>
Date: Jan 1, 2015 6:18 PM
Subject: Fwd: SOS North Central just got 30 cats in from a hoarding case! Cats need out help!!

If anyone knows of media contacts, more often than not, the public will step up in hoarding situations.   Please pass this on to them.

I am not the contact.   Please pass this on if you're not taking them.   It's very helpful 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?

The below has been edited with updates:

Please write or, better yet, visit your mayor and city council or board of supervisors (or whomever oversees your pound) asking them to implement the No Kill Equation right away.  Be persistent and know that, given our governmental system, it may take years before you get meaningful results.  Know that just one person can do this, and that person can be you.

Here's the No Kill Equation (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:o http://vimeo.com/26974723


If you're in Los Angeles, you can like the Facebook page No Kill Los Angeles Advocates to get information on getting the No Kill Equation at least a trial in that city.


Also:

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>

KEEP READING AND GO GET 'EM:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Christine Brown <christineannbrown@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM
Subject: SOS North Central just got 30 cats in from a hoarding case! Cats need out help!!
To:
Cc: "tiffani.hamilton@lacity.org" <tiffani.hamilton@lacity.org>

Please help  by rescuing some cats  from North Central!
Call shelter 213-485-5767
New Hope Coordinator Tiffani Hamilton

All The Best,
Christine
Christine Brown
Animals in Need Rescue Network Inc.
501c3 Non Profit Organization



Read more about homeless cats in LA​:
Thanks to social media and the internet, people are more aware than ever of all the different causes being networked every day. So many charities, so many petitions, so many problems in the world . . .  all these good causes take center stage on Facebook and elsewhere.

With so many needy groups clamoring for attention and vying for donations, there is one cause that may not always get its fair share of attention—simply because the very beings that those involved with this cause would like to help tend to keep a very low profile. In this age of media presence and self-promotion, why would needy individuals not step up and claim their piece of the pie? Simple—because laying low, staying in the shadows, is how most of them stay alive. Of course we are talking about homeless cats in LA and other urban centers . . . many people don't even notice them, and certainly don't think about them a whole lot. But they are there, to be sure—the city of Los Angeles is home to more than one million of these animals, who are now known as "community cats".

Many of these kitties are truly feral—they were not born into captivity, and have had little or no contact with humans. They have no desire to be domesticated or "owned", let alone to be lap-cats. But many cats and kittens on the street are indeed domesticated—an all-too-common scenario is that people will take on a cat or kitten, but without the proper commitment. When they move, have a baby, or simply get tired of having a pet, they simply dump them somewhere—outside their door, in a parking lot, or on the street, sometimes far enough away to ensure that the cat won't come back. When this happens, trusting companion animals must fend for themselves. These cats are frequently unfixed and unvaccinated, so when they suddenly find themselves out in the big, mean world, not only do they have to scrounge for food, water and shelter (all of which may be scarce)—they are also at  high risk for becoming pregnant or catching a communicable disease.

In any case, whether these community cats are completely feral or tame (or any variation in-between), the one constant is that they have no voice of their own. They are often hated and abused, usually for no other reason than that some people simply don't like cats and would rather harm or kill them than see them around. These kitties are also at the mercy of dogs, coyotes and other predators, cars, all manner of toxic substances such as anti-freeze, and so forth. If they are trapped and brought into any of the city shelters, they are almost always doomed—feral cats are not put up for adoption in the shelters (instead they are routinely euthanized), and even tame cats who accidentally wind up in traps are often mislabeled as feral because they are so terrified and disoriented.

This is where Animals in Need Rescue Network comes in—whether it's community cats in danger on the street, or cats brought into the shelter (for whatever reason), our goal is to get them out of danger and into safe hands, whether that be a new home or a sanctuary. As part of this process, they always receive whatever vet care they need—sometimes it's just the basic stuff like spaying or neutering, vaccines, combo-testing and flea-treatment; sometimes it's way more extensive (and expensive!) than that—fixing a broken leg, bottle-feeding tiny orphan kittens, or caring for a cat in the hospital while he or she recovers from a serious illness.

Animals in Need Rescue Network cannot teach these deserving felines how to speak for themselves, but it can give them something even better—a chance  for a  life!



Between four and six million pets are euthanized every year because they are homeless.

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded."
  -Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Dallas Malloy Richardson
Actress / Writer / Pianist
Certified Personal Trainer

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Kathryn Hargreaves
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Go Get a Life---Go Get a Shelter Animal!

If you can't adopt, then foster a "bottle baby" shelter animal, to save their life.  If you can't bottle feed, then foster an older or special-needs animal, to save their life, and to free up cage space for another life.

Ask your local animal pound to start saving over 90% (and as high as 99%) of their intake by implementing the No Kill Equation: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/shelter-reform/no-kill-equation/.  Here's a list of communities saving 90% or more of their shelter intake: http://outthefrontdoor.com/, with special notice to: http://outthefrontdoor.com/2013/12/03/can-we-adopt-our-way-out-of-killing/  More fun reading: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/shelter-reform/guides/ More fun watching:  http://vimeo.com/48445902 and http://vimeo.com/70632980