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animal shelters

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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Massachusetts Legislators

Extend Massachusetts's seven day hold to include cats and owner surrenders

Many of us believe that ALL homeless dogs and cats and other domestic animals (such as bunnies, gerbils, etc) should have the BASIC right to go to a good home. Yet, in Massachusetts only stray dogs are afforded the BASIC right to be held at an animal shelter for 7 days before being euthanized --- this is so that the lost dog's owner has the chance to find and re-claim his or her pet.  The mandated minimum hold time for cats, rabbits, gerbils and other animals is zero days........yes 0 days. (Owner surrendered dogs also have a mandated minimum hold period of zero days.....) As the pet parent of cats, I would like to know that my cat -- should he or she become lost (although indoor cats, one can accidentally go outdoors) would also be held for 7 days so that I can find and re-claim my pet. As an animal owner, I would like to know that if illness or other condition forces me to relinquish my animals to a shelter, that my pets will not be killed right away -- simply because my animal is an owner surrender. I have no plans to surrender my animals -- most animal owners do not -- but animals should not suffer an immediate death for circumstances beyond the owner's control. Please join me in asking Massachusetts legislators to extend the mandated 7 days hold to all homeless domestic animals, unless seriously or terminally ill.  (Community Cats, unless seriously or terminally ill, should not be killed at all, but returned to the place found or another suitable location)

Committee for Pet Shelter Animals
9,209 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor John Valdivia, San Bernardino City council members

Make San Bernardino City shelter great again!

This petition seeks to remove interim San Bernardino City Animal Shelter manager, Lt. Frank Macomber from the shelter. SBC is “the little shelter that could”. Volunteers, rescues, networkers, and donors have come to turn this shelter around from its past 88% euthanasia rate, down to 11%. Macomber, as manager for the last 2 months, has made SBC go back to the dark ages. The euthanasia rate during this time period has doubled. He needs to go! Please, sign this petition to help the animals at SBC. These are the following changes that he has implemented. euthanizing animals for treatable conditions such as kennel cough erected chain-link privacy fence with slats, that obstruct the view of most of the kennels, that visitors and rescues can't see the dogs who need to be seen in order to be adopted, rescued or located by their owners while carrying a loaded gun in the shelter, he threatens people who speak out about his new policies, telling them they will banned if they utter a word against him replaced the existing rescue coordinator who has worked with rescues for years to save thousands of animals, with inexperienced individuals won't allow volunteers to bring home- cooked nutritious food, with immune boosting supplements, to feed to the malnourished dogs won't allow volunteers to access the small dog and puppy kennels to take photos, unless accompanied by staff (wait time up to 2 hours) hasn't hired a vet tech or additional kennel staff, even though there are currently too many animals for them to oversee won't allow volunteers to groom or bathe matted and flea/tick infested dogs any longer won't allow volunteers into the isolation kennels to get photos of the dogs hidden behind the new screened fences refuses to provide euthanasia (Urgent) lists for networkers to try to get dogs saved before they are killed won't approve ANY costs above the minimum allowance ($70 per animal) to treat sick or injured animals at the vet, instead giving orders to euthanize them won't allow the vet to provide information to rescues or networkers for the animals in their care, so they can still be given a chance to be saved treats employees rude and disrespectfully banned all employees and volunteers from feeding the resident cats, or from trying to trap them so they don't starve refused to allow beds that the community and volunteers donate and assemble for the dogs will not allow blankets in the kennels either he has NO prior experience running a shelter, yet he is paid over $200,000 for doing so

Denise Sloane
82,482 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Pete Saenz, Rudy Gonzalez, Jr. (District I), Vidal Rodriguez (District II), Alejandro Perez, Jr. (District III-Mayor Pro Tempore), Alberto Torres, Jr. (District IV), Nelly Vielma (District V), Charlie San Miguel (District VI), George J. Altgelt (District VII), Roberto Balli (District VIII), Horacio De Leon, Cynthia Collazo, Celina Rivera

CHANGES MUST BE MADE AT THE HIGH-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER IN LAREDO, TEXAS!

We the signed are asking that immediate changes be made at Laredo Animal Care Services, in Laredo, Texas.  While their name implies that they are caring for the animals they are responsible for, animal care appears to be the last thing they do.  Animals are not being fed or watered adequately, nor cleaned up after with hygiene in mind, resulting in animals getting sick while in the shelter.  Nursing moms are left to care for their babies on cold steel or concrete.  While clean bedding donations have been made for the comfort and warmth of the animals, very little are used.  I personally had 6 large plastic garbage bags filled with clean linens that I washed myself that were all discarded, after being told they were covered with urine, feces and hair.  Since I personally laundered all of the items and some were actually brand new, this was nothing but an outright lie. The shelter makes very little effort to make the public aware of the animals that they have on the premises.  Others and I have repeatedly requested photos be taken of the animals upon intake and be immediately posted but these requests are continually rejected.  Most of the animals that enter the shelter are killed without ever being given a chance to be seen by the public.  While there are animal rescues all over Texas, and the country, that want to help the shelters that have little help, they can't help when they don't know what animals are even available.  For the few that are posted, updates are horrible and many times, rescues trying to save an animal are being told the animal has already been killed. Most shelters let the public know when an animal is scheduled to be euthanized with at least 24 hours notice but not so with Laredo.  They just kill when they happen to feel like it.  And while they kill approximately 20 animals a day, again, the majority of these are never shown to the public.  The shelter is completely lacking in any kind of transparency.  Intake of the animals is much larger than anyone can imagine with the small number of photos that are ever displayed. Record keeping at the shelter also seems to be rather amateur at best.  People have attempted to recover a lost pet, only to be told they must wait 72 hours and in 72 hours, they return to find the animal was euthanized.  Rescues have tagged animals and then are told the animal was euthanized-later they find out the animal is still there.  These type of stories go on and on.  With this being the 21st century and wonderful computer programs available, there is absolutely no excuse for such discrepancies with record keeping.  Animals should each have a clear record that remains with it at all times, with any interest or activity noted on it immediately. With a vet now on the staff of the shelter, there is absolutely no excuse for the basic info such as the sex of the animal not to be made available and an approximate age for the animal.  People ask these questions over and over again but this is not something that the shelter considers important.  If an animal starts showing signs of an easily treated illness, they are not treated with basic antibiotics but are left to suffer and eventually be killed or die naturally.  This is extremely inhumane. The conditions that the animals are kept in have many local residents leaving the shelter in tears and very traumatized.  I can't tell you how many horror stories I have heard from different people when visiting the shelter, yet I have been also told that the staff at the shelter have very nice accommodations for doing everything but animal care.  This seems entirely contradictory to the purpose of having an animal care facility. We, the signed, implore the Laredo government to demand changes in the shelter and to make animal care the priority, as is implied in their name!  The animals lives depend on you.  Thank you.

pamela plummer
63,016 supporters