Help Save Palo Alto Animal Services!
Please help the Palo Alto Humane Society save the local shelter and spay-neuter clinic. The City of Palo Alto may close Palo Alto Animal Services, its shelter and its excellent low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic. Please contact the Palo Alto City Council Members and tell them NOT SO FAST!
If Palo Alto Animal Services closes:
• Closing the only low-cost spay/neuter clinic between San Mateo and Milpitas/San Jose (a 27 mile span). Low-cost spay neuter is open to anyone from any city, and provides an outstanding cost savings; on average 50-70% lower than having an animal sterilized at the vet.
Result: More unsterilized animals due to additional costs, subsequently resulting in more stray and feral animals.
• Eliminating the weekly low-cost vaccination/microchipping clinic, allowing people to keep their pets’ vaccinations current (distemper, rabies, and other diseases known to companion animals) without incurring the cost of a veterinary visit to have an animal vaccinated.
Result: Fewer people vaccinating their pets due to cost-prohibitive expenses.
• Eliminating the ability to surrender an animal, whether by an owner or a person who simply finds an animal in the area. Currently, the shelters being considered do not accept owner surrenders, and if they do, there is a long waiting list and large cost associated with surrender. In addition, posting a lost or found animal report will have to be done in a distant location.
Result: More animals abandoned in the cities, Baylands, etc. What will become of animals that have no place to go?
• Losing Palo Alto Animal Control officers, who are immediately responsive to injured, stray, dangerous, or dead animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, wildlife, etc. In addition, after-hours Animal Control Officers take injured pets to emergency clinics in the area, which are then transferred to PAAS the next morning.
Result: Long wait times from an outside agency may mean the difference between life and death for animals.
• The loss of many long-standing and successful relationships with 501 (3c) organizations who rely on low-cost spay/neuter/vaccinations/testing/microchipping to be able to rescue, care for, and place animals in permanent homes, as well as those activiely involved the Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) of feral cats in the area.
• In addition, the shelter engages in a complementary relationship with many non-profit organizations to secure placement of underage, underweight, or other compromised animals that cannot thrive in a shelter environment.
Result: Increased unnecessary euthanasia.
These are just a few of the major reasons Palo Alto must operate a shelter, even if moved to another location in Palo Alto!
Our community is home to some of the most highly intelligent, innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative minds in the world, and there has to be a solution available, rather than just saying “close it.”