Donna Reynolds 
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Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

oceanwaves, stars ** denote italics.

BR is not a no-kill org. We take troubled dogs as a matter of course, and those that are not suitable for placement after behavior work receive compassion holds in homes with volunteers. Dirk, btw, inspired us to bring in the trailer after fence fighting became a morning routine in the Coop. We're pleased that the trailer is still be utilized to help stressed dogs decompress.

Back to my point, we look forward to seeing a system where OAS can notify rescues of dogs that they don't plan to put up for adoption. Toes (now Elfaba) reminds us why these kinds of communications are critically important ...…

Posted by Donna Reynolds on 07/12/2010 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

Please add BR to that list-serve. We would love to be notified of dogs that OAS doesn't plan to put up adoption.

The petfinder site lists dogs that are relatively "safe" since they've earned an adoption run and advocates who are willing to invest in their promotion. We're always concerned about the pit bull type dogs that fall outside of that focus.

A list serve that offers photos and details of those dogs, similar to petharbor or - even better - SJACC's system is warranted, given the number of dogs that don't make it to the adoption floor due to overcrowding or medical/behavior concerns.

If we don't know they're there, we can't help them.

Posted by Donna Reynolds on 07/12/2010 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

Thank you for helping readers understand the Hayden law, Mary. Shelters are obligated to make communications a priority so animals that they plan to destroy can have options. OAS currently lacks a system for notifying rescues about animals in trouble, and rescues can't help animals that they don't know exist.

It's true that OAS has limited kennel space with more animals coming in than they can possibly house longterm, but right now, the only way to deal with animals that don't have a waiting kennel is to destroy them at the end of their mandatory stray hold. This is especially true for the pit bull type dogs.

OAS currently lists pets who have secured some measure of safety via their *adoption program* on petfinder, but they don't list the others: the strays and at-risk overflow. Many shelters are using petharbor now - - to list these dogs, and rescues routinely graze petharbor for a heads up on animals they want to help. (We certainly do in BR)

SJACS came up with a good solution a few years ago when they were under fire and now send their euth list out to all interested rescues. We get a copy of animals in dire straits from that shelter at least 3x a week. It looks like this ....…

Posted by Donna Reynolds on 07/12/2010 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

It's looks like Lena needs foster care and rules PDQ. We'd be happy to take her. We'll look for Alex's email to arrange. Thank you for helping her.

Posted by Donna Reynolds on 07/11/2010 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

BR will happily accept Alice into our program (and it's very good of you to ask for help).

One condition only ... She must be delivered to us by Alex Sanchez. We live very close to Alex, so I trust this is okay. Thank you!

Posted by Donna Reynolds on 07/09/2010 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

Thanks for reminding about the need for community outreach as a way to curb owner surrenders and unwanted litters to OAS and other shelters. BR will be returning to this site in East Oakland next month to do more this work. (We'll post details on our blog and fb page if anyone would like to help distribute flyers to spread the word to area pit bull owners)…

Posted by Donna Reynolds on 07/09/2010 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

movingforward, Details about the dogs that moved through our care were outlined in our year end report, about half way down:…

I believe the shelter is still using the frozen kong system as well as some of the training and handling protocol that we implemented. FOAS also purchased the trailer that BR set in place for quiet time.

I don't believe the shelter is using our evaluation protocol or the training videos that were filmed for new volunteers (correct me if I'm wrong). The education packets that we created for new adopters may or may not be in use .. I believe it depended on who was working the desk at the time during a pit bull adoption. I trust that the former-Ambassadog volunteers are counseling adopters as best they can in must-knows for bringing new dogs home.

Decreasing euthanasia numbers took a backseat to quality of life issues as an immediate goal, and that is still one of our main concerns with OAS pit bulls and pit bull type dogs. Fence fighting, for example, is the norm in a chain link area called "the Coop" and several dogs were triggered in this space beyond help during our stay. We were not successful in creating change in that part of the shelter. We were also not successful in training staff due to the busy schedules of the kennel workers and officers (who are admittedly overwhelmed). Essentially, the staff never really knew why BR was there or how we could be a resource to them.

In response to the daily selection of "e-list" dogs that we encountered, BR implemented an active (fostered) Compassion Hold program for very sick dogs, seniors and dogs with behavior issues that couldn't be managed. I don't believe that program is in place anymore (or at least, we haven't been notified about dogs that need compassion holds as we had in the past). BR also assisted in providing "final rites" - ie exercise and affection - to numerous OAS dogs in-house before they were PTS, moreso when Adam was the director.

Have things improved at OAS for pit bulls? Absolutely. Is there more that can be done? Without a doubt. The training classes are a good start. BR built a small facility in hopes that it would be used for special cases in OAS, however the relationship has certainly become strained, even more so after this email thread.

Posted by Donna Reynolds on 07/09/2010 at 11:44 AM

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