Increase the Live Release Rate at Tri-City Animal Shelter (Fremont, CA) to 75% and Higher
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The euthanasia rate at the Tri-City Animal Shelter (TCAS) has reached an alarming level, with almost one out of every two animals never leaving.
Community engagement is low, with half the adoptions last year as two years prior, a weak volunteer program, no social media presence, and inadequate public access.
As reported on the website for TCAS, there has been a steady decline in live-release rates since 2014. A 41% euthanasia rate is unacceptably high for this metro area.
- 2014 Live Release Rate: 74.7%
- 2015 Live Release Rate: 66.6%
- 2016 Live Release Rate: 59.3%
TCAS operations and oversight must be addressed to improve the live-release rate, and provide the level of service its communities demand. TCAS provides animal services for the cities of Fremont, Newark, Union City, and San Leandro.
Concerned Fremont, CA residents have tried to work within the existing animal control model without success. When asked how the community can help support TCAS, residents are told everything is fine, and yet the live release rate is declining. Potential volunteers are told to wait 2-3 months. Shelter improvements like kennel upgrades, a new cat socializing space, and enlarged play yard for dogs were discussed, but not implemented.
In summary, the goal of this petition is to increase the TCAS live release rate back to a minimum of the 2014 rate of 75%, and then to keep steadily increasing the live release rate to 90% or higher.
Proposal for Improvements:
- Move animal services out from under the Police Department, and have the TCAS Manager report to the Assistant City Manager. Public engagement and transparency is hindered by police department oversight; many municipal animal shelters have moved out from under police departments due to conflicting priorities and expertise.
- Increase public engagement with a robust volunteer program and the addition of a dedicated Volunteer/Outreach Program Manager, as well as establishing a citizen's Animal Services Advisory Committee. Utilizing volunteer resources and social networks is key to animal welfare and promotion.
- Improve public accessibility by extending TCAS' open hours to: Tuesday-Friday, 2:30-7:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 pm. Currently, residents from four cities with standard Monday through Friday working hours can only access the shelter on Saturdays.
- Ensure minimal animal medical care standards are met by hiring a full-time Veterinarian and Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). The current model of only having part-time staff significantly affects the care and medical oversight of injured, ill, and senior animals coming through the shelter.
The City of Fremont prides itself on being a compassionate city; this compassion must be extended to its animal residents.
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