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Yet another fine example of Oakland city department wasted money, and another reason to say no to measure KK when they say they need more money to maintain infrastructure. When they can stop wasting the money they already have taken from us taxpayers, we will perhaps consider if they should be allowed more.
No, we've paid enough money - use what we've already given you to maintain the infrastructure. Use the higher property taxes, the money you get from denser housing and secondary units, the developer penalty for affordable housing, the taxes from the influx of business to do the work. Stop unethical use of funds such as Abel Guillen and Lynette McElhaney for sports events, and put this to public use. This current council is a disgrace, and I will not give you more money to waste and line your pockets. Do the job you were elected to do, or get out and let people that have a clue run our city.
Donna, it is not correct to say that we don't have a system in place for notification of other rescue groups - we actually do have a list-serv for notification to other rescues, and are in the process of enhancing this further to support our out-reach needs.
As you will see from our OAS web-site, and Petfinder, we already have very good notification of available animals, including nice images, and videos, which as you can imagine takes considerable time to get organized and updated.
Gradually we are enhancing other systems also, so that we can automate a lot of the out-reach. Clearly the 'old-fashioned' approach of picking up the telephone and calling people cannot work when you have such a large intake of animals - remember that most rescue groups have a handful of animals to deal with - nothing like the volume that we have at OAS.
Updating and automating these other systems takes time, but is in progress and will happen.
We have to get things done with limited city finances, so many of these efforts require volunteer time, but as you will see from our web-site, and Petfinder - our notification of available animals is very advanced, including videos and extensive descriptions. In fact, many people come to OAS as a result of these, and often make comments that they came to OAS instead of other bay area shelters, because we provide them with so much current and detailed information. We also have a lot of updates at our site about success stories, animals that have special needs (like little Lance for example http://oaklandanimalservices.org/?s=little… where we raised funcds for surgery), and notification of training events. Unlike many shelters that have mostly static pages, our web-site is constantly being updated, and is yet another form of out-reach that we use.
It's just a matter of time before out other systems will also be this advanced - but these are not new ideas - thanks to Megan and Martha, there are many more ideas that are in progress, with the goal to get our animals adopted, or into alternative care as soon as possible.
You will see many comments here from current volunteers, who are outraged at the report and other comments, since those current volunteers actually do not know what has been done, what is planned to be done, and what we should and could do in the future, whereas clearly so many others, including the reporter do not.
It's sad that we have lost volunteers, and that some of them feel that criticizing the work we have done or are doing is the way to move forward. Unfortunately some of these volunteers did not appreciate the team effort, and wanted to try and change things on their own. While their intentions may have been good, their approach was not. Working as a team is the way for progress, which involves ideas, compromise and working to be part of the solution instead of the problem.
No matter what we do, there will always be critics - and we appreciate their input, as sometimes those ideas may be worth considering. It would be nice if those critics could base their comments on facts instead of fiction, as then we might be able to take them seriously, and listen to what they had to say.
And once again, as so many other volunteers have said - if you really care about animals, and do want to be part of the solution, we are always looking for good volunteers who can help us, you can see details about becoming a volunteer here - http://oaklandanimalservices.org/volunteer… - this year, we even started an official internship program for summer volunteers - I seem to remember one comment stating that this was a good idea for us to do - well yes, we agree which is why we already did it !
marye, where are you getting your information from regarding the rescue groups that OAS works with ?
Those listed under partners are not all of the sites that we deal with - there are many, many more than this. The partners sites listed are those that we work closely with on a regular basis, but there are hundreds more that we deal with that are not listed, many of these specialize in specific breeds, or particular difficulties that the animals may have.
Just look at some of the cases pointed out recently - where animals were moved to out-of-state - none of those are listed as partner sites, but they are all places where OAS has done out-reach and got agreement to take animals. This out-reach is something that is done on a continuous basis, and we have had great success in finding placement for dogs, to get them into foster care, a different environment, specialist rescues etc.
Your suggested 100 mile radius is nothing compared to what we do - try a 3000 mile radius, and you might be getting closer to the actual out-reach that we do.
Thank you for the offer to take a dog from us Donna – however, it looks like Alice might have some near term options for placement. If your offer still stands, Lena or Cora - two of our longest term dogs – could benefit from the change of scenery that you could provide.
A challenge for you all - let's act right now - let's work on reducing the euthanasia rate - lets find a good home for these:
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/1636498… - Alice, a really nice pit-mix - but she is deaf, it will be a challenge to adopt her - so, any takers ?
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/1621797… - Maraca, a cat who might not look her best right now, but who needs a home - fell like adopting ?
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/1371835… - Kitten season - we'll have plenty, any space available ?
So, what's stopping you - Ian, Donna you want to help, how about using your resources to send some adopters our way - let's work together and reduce the euthanisa rate.
Maybe East Bay Express would also consider donating some free space for advertising, since they are clearly interested in helping - feeling generous perhaps ?
If you are really serious about reducing the rate, you have a simple option available to you right now - so go to work.
Please 0ASvolunteer, don't try being a 'smartie' and post as if you were an active volunteer. If you were a volunteer, you would not even post and ask that question here, you would already be familiar with the types of animals we get, how some are too aggressive to be allowed back into the community, how some have serious medical problems which cannot be treated, how we have limited space and funding due to us being a city shelter, and Oakland having such limited resources right now, so unfortunately as a last measure if an animal fails to get adopted after a long period of time, and we can't find a rescue group to take it, euthanasia may be the only option.
You would know that euthanasia is not taken lightly, and that we are given advance notice of those cases where an animal could be a good adoption candidate, so that we can approach other rescue groups, foster homes etc to find another option, and you would know of many many cases where this has happened.
You would know that we had cases such as Carson - http://oaklandanimalservices.org/?s=carson - at the shelter for 12 months, where volunteers were asked to be creative and try all channels to find a home for him - and we got him adopted.
Also Lucy, a very high energy dog - http://oaklandanimalservices.org/?s=lucy - at the shelter for 6 months - we all worked with her, and again volunteers via rescue groups found a good home for her.
So, what can we do to reduce our euthanisa rate - you know the answer is simple - only accept animals which are adoptable (cherry pick, which is what most of non-city rescue groups will do), have a lot of funding so that space is not an issue (Oakland tax payers will jump at this I'm sure), and adopt animals out as fast as we can.
Unfortunately we are a city shelter and have no option but to accept all animals. We also cannot get more funding from the city - in fact the city has tried to cut this - we had to fight back on several occasions to avoid that - if it were not for Friends Of Oakland Animal Shelter we would not even have the funds to move all the animals out to other rescue groups that we have.
So, our only real possibility is to get animals adopted to good homes quickly, and believe it or not we are doing a great job at this - we have people come from all across the Bay Area - even from out of state, not just Oakland to adopt animals - but we have so many animals coming to us, there is a limit to how many places we can find for them.
Unfortunately instead of being able to spend our time promoting the animals, we have to waste it responding to news articles with mis-information from disgruntled ex-volunteers, and some organizations who try to post a negative image of OAS. Do you think these supposed 'animal lovers' are doing this because they want to improve the image of OAS, have more people come there to adopt, and lower the euthanisa rate ? If they really care so much about lowering the rate, they themselves could be active and notify other rescue groups, or potential adopters about animals that are available, to try to find homes - we make no secret about animals that we need to find homes for - it's all publicly available here - http://www.petfinder.com/fpm/petlist/petli… - and is updated regularly. Anyone who really cares, is welcome to contact people to let them know these animals are there are looking for homes - if you want to help, this is how to do is - through positive actions.
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