Stop the Attempt at Outsourcing SD County Animal Services
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is in the process of deciding whether to outsource the San Diego Department of Animal Services (SDDAS) in an attempt to make caring for our most vulnerable population "faster and cheaper” for taxpayers but at a greater cost to public safety and animal welfare.
The San Diego Rescue Coalition (a group of San Diego 501c3 rescues that take in a substantial percentage of County animals) stands behind maintaining current SDDAS services, as the decades of partnerships we have built are irreplaceable. In order to best help the thousands of cats and dogs that rescues annually take in from San Diego County shelters, we must strengthen the robust framework we have already created. With a recent change in SDDAS leadership, we are excited to collaborate even more effectively.
Further, we believe County citizens are best served by the impeccable work of our Animal Control Officers. Their experience in the field, both with difficult-to-handle animals of all kinds as well as complex law enforcement and legal regulations, is impossible to replicate.
Animal control and services comprise 0.3% of the annual county budget. An attempt to save a proportionally minuscule amount of money on the backs of our pets, wildlife, and devoted public employees is unacceptable. Please let the County Board of Supervisors know that as their constituents, we stand with our animals and with SDDAS, who currently provide exceptional animal care and control services, and have one of the highest save rates of animal shelters in the country.
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