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animal shelters

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Petition to Jennifer Hawkins, OC Board of Supervisors

Stop the Killing of Karma the Dog(safe)/ Change leadership at Orange County Animal Services!

With the dog's life saved, we are now looking to change leadership at Orange County Animal Services.  As Karma is now safe in a sanctuary! Karma, a young, healthy, sweet Husky mix was taken from her loving family by Orange County Animal Care on May 25th, after adults in the family were alleged to have been engaged in a dispute. A judge then ordered Karma to be executed because they determined she is part wolf. Now, animal advocates worldwide are trying to convince authorities to spare her life. Please sign this petition urging the OC Board of Supervisors and OC Animal Care Chief Veterinarian Jennifer Hawkins not to kill Karma. Her family loves her and would gladly have her back. But if Orange County is unwilling to free her because of concerns that she is a wolf hybrid, let her live out her days at an appropriate sanctuary equipped to care for such dogs. For four months now, Karma has been in isolation with no access to run, take a walk, stretch her legs, or breathe fresh air. She’s allowed no visits from her owners. Karma is a wonderful and friendly dog. She is friendly and has never shown any indication that there is reason to question her loyalty to humans. Karma is also a licensed service dog, having helped her owner with the effects of PTSD. Only first generation wolf hybrids are illegal in the state of California, and counties are allowed to determine their own policies regarding second or third generation hybrids, of which Karma is one. When Karma was taken by Animal Care, officials looked into her history and found an extremely low wolf content on her DNA test. Karma is anything but wild, far from vicious, and she should not be condemned to this terrible fate when her breed is perfectly legal in the state.   Five dog rescue groups have stepped forward and said they are willing to take Karma. Why would Orange County stand in their way? Please help us convince the OC Board of Supervisors and OC Animal Care Chief Veterinarian Jennifer Hawkins not to kill Karma. Urge them to release her to a suitable facility.  

Michael W.
159,429 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to Mayor Todd Rogers, City of Lakewood

Take Action To Save The Lakewood Equestrian Center!

Lakewood residents: You have the power to keep a unique, historical green space alive in our great city!  The Lakewood Equestrian Center provides so many benefits to us, to our children, and to our community, and it needs our voice right now. The Lakewood City Council is considering eliminating the LEC – eliminating open, green space for our children to play and learn about empathy and responsibility through animals. In the 1960’s, the City of Lakewood was nationally recognized for its parks and recreation programs.  When the stables were acquired by the city in 1980, it further expanded recreation opportunities unique to an urban environment.  Today, the LEC continues to provide the community with youth enrichment programs, programs for people with special needs, animal welfare programs, and a connection to Lakewood’s agricultural past that is quickly being erased.  Furthermore, with an increase in the use of technology, the LEC provides an oasis for families to unplug and reconnect with nature…and with each other. If you want to preserve this oasis for you and your family, the Mayor is asking for at least 30,000 signatures (see article in the Press Telegram), and the number of signatures we get could sway their decision. Please join us in signing this petition and asking the City of Lakewood to uphold its motto – Times Change. Values Don’t.

Karley Orr
959 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Gov. Ron DeSantis, Ashley Moody, Nikki Fried, Ron DeSantis

Let's Make Florida a No-Kill State!

Dear Governor DeSantis, Attorney General Moody and Commissioner Fried, We are addressing you with the hope of having legislature put in place that will protect our animals from senseless and immoral euthanasia in our public shelters, as well as at the hands of those among us that would abuse and/or abandon them. With the huge number of animal lovers in the State of Florida, there is no reason that we should not follow Delaware's example and become a no-kill state.  However, far too many animals are euthanized for no good reason.  Broward Animal Services is just one of the many public shelters that prefers to put down loving, adoptable animals simply because they have been there too long,  alleging the dogs are aggressive when they are simply bored,by their 23 hours a day in filthy confinement.  Numbers are fudged to support a 'no-kill' facade, entire litters are put down and counted as just one animal,  fictitious excuses are documented for unjustified euthanasia of healthy animals, and as of late, no reason is even listed at all. Worse yet, it is less expensive to neuter an animal ($50) to help with animal control, than it is to euthanize one($170), not to mention that it is infinitely more humane. Instead of creating more programs to get these pets a home; working with veterans, nursing homes, community service for high schools to name a few, many shelters simply choose to empty their kennels in a much more heinous way.  How many other public shelters are there throughout Florida that just give up on these beings, many of whom have already suffered abuse at the hands of former owners and breeders? Any legislation needs to also address animal abuse and animal abandonment and treat these as the crimes that they are with punishment meted out accordingly. Imagine if you had to PAY to drop off your lifelong family pet---- a scale could even be created depending on age and breed--- that could then be applied towards neutering and better care for shelter animals. Every animal needs to be microchipped----you abandon your pet, you pay an additional fine. Period. If Delaware has managed to achieve no kill status,  Florida should be able to as well. Every public shelter should have the obligation to instate programs working with the community to help get these animals, both cats and dogs, their forever homes.  If not a loving home, at least through diverse programs, they can be given the attention they so desperately crave and want to give in return.  Any animal that is put down should have to have at least 2 veterinarians sign off who cannot in any way be affiliated with the shelters and must be approved by Tallahassee. Many of those  vets are sadly, far too jaded as they have repeatedly put down healthy animals, and lost their moral compass when it comes to saving canine and feline lives. Volunteers should not be allowed to be 'fired' as has occurred in Broward, because they question the Director on  'kill' policies. Volunteers should be welcomed and respected as they give freely of themselves for the benefit of these creatures. Please help us to protect these innocents by enacting legislation to regulate the shelters and demand greater transparency and accountability in Florida.  Thank you.

Cindy Novak
2,788 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to mmayeda@animalcare.lacounty.gov; , JUbario@animalcare.lacounty.gov; , ACardona@animalcare.lacounty.gov , MarkRidley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.gov , JGutierrez@animalcare.lacounty.gov , areal@animalcare.lacounty.gov , PWebb@animalcare.lacounty.gov , MLopez2@animalcare.lacounty.gov

STOP THE CARSON SHELTER FROM VIOLATING HAYDEN’S LAW!

Update: 9/4/18: 2 dogs have been found DEAD in their kennels in a 4 day span! Dogs are dying at Carson - in their kennels - on cold cement floors!________ Update 9/2/18: I am reopening this petition to bring awareness to the fact that 5 dogs were killed this past week for being labeled “aggressive”. One dog had already been there for 2 months before being killed. These are not peaceful deaths for these dogs. They don’t get the nice sedative, the arms surrounding them and soft whisperings of love and goodbyes.  THEY ARE P.T.D. (PUT TO,DEATH). Not sleep. Death. —————————————————————- UPDATE: Any dog who is in an LA COUNTY SHELTER for 60 days or more may be PTS with no advance warning! ************************************************* Mahatma Gandhi — 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.' This was sent to the people who network to save RESCUE ONLY DOGS: This is from the former Deputy Direct of the Southern, CA Shelters: Carson, Downey, Baldwin, Lancaster and Agoura Hills.   I wanted to take the time to inform you that effective immediately there will be some changes in the animals in which you have been notified. All animals deemed "not safe" for placement due to behavior will no longer be made available to rescue's. You will no longer receive notifications on these animals and animals that fall under this category will be euthanized after there holding period is up. You will continue to receive notification on animals that are behaviorally sound and available. If you have any question please contact Allison Cardona the new Deputy Direct for the South County Operations. I will still be available but I encourage you to reach out to Allison for all your concerns, and let her know this is NOT OK!!!  We are asking that the recent Policy Changes implemented by Allison Cardona be revoked and that rescues be allowed the opportunity to once again give every dog a second chance by making them available to rescues!  Furthermore, we are requesting that Temp Tests be given on INTAKE and that they are administered by a TRAINED BEHAVIORIST, not a shelter employee!  Young, healthy dogs are being labeled NOT SAFE by a SHELTER employee. They use a FAKE RUBBER hand which is very human aggressive to a dog. Months go by without exercise, no toys, they develop open sores on their feet and legs, they become depressed and listless, they have no grass to roll in, no human contact, no love, no decent food, no baths, or even the simple act of being petted. They test them AFTER MONTHS in a kennel and almost ALL will fail.  LA County is breaking the law. What they are doing is a direct violation of Hayden's Law! 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 impoundedpursuant to this division shall be six business days, not includingthe 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 divisionshall, prior to the killing of that animal for any reason other thanirremediable suffering, be released to a nonprofit, as defined inSection 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, animal rescue oradoption 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. LA County is breaking the law. What they are doing is a direct violation of Hayden's Law! Please SIGN and SHARE this petition. Send emails, contact the media. Stand up and be an animals voice! We cannot allow this to happen! Thank you!  mmayeda@animalcare.lacounty.gov;  JUbario@animalcare.lacounty.govACardona@animalcare.lacounty.govJGutierrez@animalcare.lacounty.govareal@animalcare.lacounty.govPWebb@animalcare.lacounty.govMarkRidley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.govMLopez2@animalcare.lacounty.govjguzman@animalcare.lacounty.govAMota@animalcare.lacounty.gov

Terri McCabe
51,332 supporters