STOP RIVERSIDE SHELTERS FROM KILLING HEALTHY AND ADOPTABLE ANIMALS!

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Problem
The sheer number of animals who are HEALTHY and ADOPTABLE are being euthanized at alarming rates at the shelters (multiple shelters) under Riverside County Animal Services.  The statistics noted in the photo are for January 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018! It is staggering. 

Part of the outcry started with the recent euthanization of a HEALTHY, BONDED sibling who was shy, scared and alone since her bonded sibling who was her protector was hidden in a kennel in another building and she was all alone. This dog had rescue interest and was killed anyway. This is not the first, only or last dog to suffer the same fate. 

The animals listed on their site page are not updated in a timely manner making it more difficult for rescues and adopters to network these animals. The Rescue Desk is the main number but then you have to ask for the rescue coordinator at each of the shelters and if you look at the list of animals, they are divided into lists by animal,  “green, yellow or red status” and by shelter. Many rescues have complained that the shelter does NOT respond to their emails in a timely manner, therefore, animals with a RED status may be killed.

The staff are often rude to rescues who call to complain about their emails going unanswered. The rescue desk is closed on Saturday and Sunday and they are “too busy” on Monday and animals are killed on Tuesday!

Animals who become sick while in the shelters are not treated quickly enough and are left in general population with healthy animals which allows them to become sick as well.

The Hayden Act is repeatedly violated and the protections afforded by this Act is blatantly ignored.

HAYDEN'S LAW: SEC. 12. Section 31108 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

31108. (a) The required holding period for a stray dog impounded
pursuant to this division shall be six business days, not including
the day of impoundment, except as follows:

(1) If the pound or shelter has made the dog available for owner redemption on one weekday evening until at least 7:00 p.m. or one weekend day, the holding period shall be four business days, not including the day of impoundment.

(2) If the pound or shelter has fewer than three full-time employees or is not open during all regular weekday business hours, and if it has established a procedure to enable owners to reclaim their dogs by appointment at a mutually agreeable time when the pound or shelter would otherwise be closed, the holding period shall be four business days, not including the day of impoundment. Except as provided in Section 17006, stray dogs shall be held for owner redemption during the first three days of the holding period,
not including the day of impoundment, and shall be available for owner redemption or adoption for the remainder of the holding period.

(b) Any stray dog that is impounded pursuant to this division
shall, prior to the killing of that animal for any reason other than
irremediable suffering, be released to a nonprofit, as defined in
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, animal rescue or
adoption organization if requested by the organization prior to the scheduled killing of that animal.

In addition to any required spay or neuter deposit, the pound or shelter, at its discretion, may assess a fee, not to exceed the standard adoption fee, for animals released.

Solution
1. Respond to rescues in a timely manner.
2. Have someone available on Saturday and Sunday to speak to rescues about any RED listed dog.
3. Start treating sick dogs immediately to avoid contamination and spread of the illness.
4. Move sick dogs to medical; remove them from general population.
5. Allow any 501c3 Rescue, whether partnered or not, to rescue animals.
6. Do not euthanize HEALTHY AND ADOPTABLE ANIMALS.
7. Allow BONDED siblings to remain together and encourage rescue or adopters to keep them together.
8. STOP THE BLOOD BATHS.
9. Take better photos!

Personal story
I have been watching the Devore and Carson Shelters in Southern California for several years now. Devore especially has a horrendous killing reputation with daily EUTH LISTS. Sadly, the Riverside Shelters have overtaken that position and the weekly blood baths are absolutely heartbreaking. Rescues and networkers are doing everything they can to help these animals and sometimes it seems that the shelters are doing everything they can to just kill, kill, kill.

I will be updating this petition with further information but I wanted to get this launched so that we can start to make a difference and hopefully the killings will decrease. I am not so naive as to believe that all killings will stop, but in my world, that is exactly what I wish for!

Please join me in this fight! Fight for the animals who have no voice but ours. We must force changes in the shelter systems.

I encourage you to call, write and email the shelters. 

Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter
6851 Van Buren Blvd
Jurupa Valley, CA 92509
Ph: 951-358-7387
Ph: 1-888-636-7387
Fax: 951-358-7300

San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus
581 S Grand Ave
San Jacinto, CA 92582
Ph: 951-358-7387

Coachella Valley Animal Campus
72-050 Pet Land Place
Thousand Palms, CA 92276
Ph: 760-343-3644

Blythe Animal Shelter
245 S Carlton
Blythe, CA 92225
Ph: 760-921-7857

Email: shelterinfo@rivco.org