The city of Ontario, California, about 50 miles from downtown L.A., last year created a camp where the homeless and their pets were welcome. Their intent was to have a place where down-and-out residents from Ontario could safely camp away from city streets and neighborhoods. But word spread, and the camp grew to about 400 people—many of whom came from other areas to live.
Now the city is scaling back its homeless enclave, restricting it only to those who can prove they once had another home within city limits. In the process, they have posted new rules and regulations that ban residents of the camp from having animals. Current residents who would be allowed to stay under new rules must get rid of their pets by Monday, March 24.
A group of veterinary students from Western University who have been providing spay/neuter/vaccination services to residents have asked for an extension. The students plan to present a proposal that offers a humane solution to the situation.
The Ontario City Council instead of planning for a way to help end homelessness in their community has moved them outside the city limits. They now have the nerve to ban pets because the homeless population was larger than they expected. Does anyone see anything wrong and hypocritical about this? This pet ban is not a solution to the bigger problem.
For more information about the proposal and what you can do to help these students get an extension on the pet ban before Monday's deadline - http://network.bestfriends.org/losangeles/news/23868.html
HELP THESE STUDENTS DELAY THE BAN FOR A BETTER SOLUTION!
Contact the City Official of Ontario California:
Ontario City Hall
303 East "B" Street
Ontario, California 91764
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