...to correct deficiencies, change some policies, and enact some new policies at the Josephine County Animal Control Shelter.
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STOP NEEDLESS EXECUTION OF HOMELESS ANIMALS WHEN OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE!
PETITION presented by “Riley's Hope”
Riley's Hope, is a group formed due to chronic issues with Josephine County Animal Control (AC) that became magnified when a stray dog named “Riley”, who was chipped, had an adoptive home in place and all monies needed already donated for her heartworm treatment, was instead euthanized by Animal Control at the direction of Public Health Director, Diane Hoover.
We acknowledge that Animal Control has, in recent years, increased adoptions, largely due to Shelter Friends' efforts in promoting animals and hosting adoption events, as well as help from numerous volunteers. AC also created a facebook page on which they network photos of lost and found animals in Josephine County, and have increased the number of days they are open to the public. Many issues, however, still need to be corrected for the sake of our homeless animals.
Due to the November passage of a tax levy designated exclusively for Animal Control operations, the means is now available to support solutions to the on-going problems. In addition to the levy monies, an Animal Control Over-sight Committee was also established and is in place to oversee that the levy funds are used for the most important needs.
The following areas of concern have been identified as specific changes that would be beneficial to both the people and the animals of Josephine County. This is a start.
1. Ensure that the current policy of Animal Control regarding the time a stray animal is held before being tested and put out for adoption is adhered to and enforced.
2. We contend that Animal Control should have its own, on-site director & supervisor. A portion of the AC levy monies should be used to hire a person with considerable training and experience in Animal Control & Protection, in order to provide leadership and direction to the employees of AC. Employees do not interact/function effectively without on-site supervision.
3. A response from AC should be provided within 24 hours to a potential owner, and no more than 72 hours to any interested citizen or volunteer who has inquired.
4. When AC staff is not available, a recorded “hot sheet” message will be available informing the public of each stray animal that has been accepted by the shelter within the last 48 hours.
5. Josephine County Public Health should establish a vector program in an effort to reduce the mosquito carrier that commonly infects pets with the disease, heartworm. It makes more sense to kill the mosquitoes who carry the disease than dogs and cats. (A vector program can be as simple as actively educating the public to the dangers of leaving standing pools of water on their premises.) Heartworm prevention education needs to be an even more active outreach of Animal Control.
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