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

@Calvin, I don't know how you can say that. It sort of appears you and other posters here have a personal grudge against management at OAS, and can't see past that?

More volunteers ARE the answer. I shopped around before deciding to volunteer at OAS, even though it was a significantly longer commute for me. SFACC & PHS are both open-door shelters like OAS. They are more "pleasant" to volunteer at, because they have a TON more volunteers, and the dogs are easier to work with because they get MUCH more one-on-one time with staff/volunteers and time out of their kennels. Thus, their dogs are more adoptable. These two shelters also get a TON more donations, given the demographics of where they are located. The O in OAS stands for OAKLAND, people. You can't compare Oakland to Berkeley (BACS). Completely different demographic base.

I chose OAS because they needed volunteers more, and I felt I was making a big difference. My personal observation was that SF ACC was not as pit-bull friendly as OAS is and that was important to me. I believe Megan & Martha truly love the breed. Remember, some shelters around the country DON'T EVEN ADOPT PIT-BULL TYPE dogs out. They ALL get euthanized!

Is there a need for management to improve practices (rescue outreach, make volunteers feel more valued, seek compassion holds for unadoptable dogs)? It seems maybe so based on some comments.

When I was volunteering there, of course I didn't like seeing some of my favorite dogs put down and spent many times in tears driving home. But don't get mad at MANAGEMENT. Place the blame where blame is deserved. Backyard breeders, people who chain their dogs in the backyard 24/7. The low-lives that don't value dogs as family members and just dump them in the overnight box, sick with mange or undersocialized.

As a volunteer, it is not your place to run the shelter or make policy decisions, ie who dies and who doesn't. The job of a VOLUNTEER is to improve the lives of the dogs living there and make them more adoptable through training, socialization, and love. And TIME OUT OF THEIR KENNELS! How will more dogs spend more time out of their kennels? MORE VOLUNTEERS, Calvin.

For those of you that seem to have beef with the practices there, attacking management publicly like this is immature and petty. If you truly cared about the DOGS more than you care about getting into a pissing contest with management, you'd do something more mature. Like help build more kennel space or donate more interactive toys to keep the dogs busy. Organize community outreach programs like pro spay/neuter, build fences for low-income dog owners whose dogs live on chains, organize free or low-cost training classes. So much could be accomplished for this community through ACTION instead of attacking a shelter director who is in charge of one of the most challenging shelters in the Bay Area.

OAS has the BEST videos of their adoptable dogs online, and many times people have driven long distances... from Santa Rosa, San Jose etc just to meet a dog who through the videos, grabbed onto their hearts. And, as someone else posted, name ONE OTHER SHELTER that gives stuffed kongs to each dog everyday?

More volunteers = more dogs get out of their kennels = less dogs going into kennel stress = more adoptions = less euthanizing dogs suffering from mental stress. Not a hard equation to figure out.

Posted by mony_t on 07/10/2010 at 4:51 PM

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

To the author & comment responders, if you believe that OAS is killing too many dogs, here's a thought! How about donating to OAS or sign up to volunteer and help enrich the lives of Oakland's homeless dogs? Here's the link!

You have to remember that this is not a privately-funded shelter, it is funded by the CITY OF OAKLAND! OAS desperately needs more staff... and they have to fight and fight the city to get & keep positions. Could they work on improving things? Absolutely. I am a former volunteer & OAS adopter, and I held a volunteer-favorite pit bull while she was being put to sleep. To portray shelter director Megan Webb and Martha Cline as cold-hearted PETA-type animal killers is a far far stretch. Are they too quick to euthanize before exploring possible rescue relationships. Maybe. But you can't view Alice's videos .... and tell me staff does not care about its animals.

I don't know what all went on leading up to Bad Rap leaving OAS. But I do believe if Bad Rap recommends something, I don't care if you are Oprah, shut your trap and listen. They know what they are talking about.

Posted by mony_t on 07/10/2010 at 5:02 AM

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