Topic

animal shelters

123 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Aberdeen Animal Control Facility, Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office Animal Control, Rick Scott, Erik Larson, Steve Shumate

Prevent Euthanization of Adoptable Animals

To Whom It May Concern: In light of the recent euthanization of the dog we are calling Monday and all prior animals euthanized via Aberdeen Animal Control's facility under Grays Harbor County Sheriff ACO's direction, along with AAC's, we are asking for your consideration in implementing several changes that will help prevent animals finding themselves in similar predicaments from being killed in the future. 1) We request that a photo be taken of all animals upon entering Aberdeen Animal Control via AAC or Grays Harbor County ACO, to be uploaded to a publicly viewable website with kennel number and date of intake such as PetHarbor.com-a free website designed to be used by shelters such as AAC's.2) Relationships with reputable 501c3's and shelters outside of Grays Harbor County be established for transfer of animals once holding period is up to ensure animals have multiple options other than in-city rescues which are frequently full. 3) A moratorium placed on deeming dogs "dangerous" and/or "potentially dangerous" until assessment training for ACO's is in place, along with a neutral, qualified third party certified by the CCPDT participating in assessments on dogs initially deemed "dangerous" or "potentially dangerous" until such training is in place and implemented. Shelters/Rescues transferring dogs in can and should assume responsibility for doing their own assessments. We realize while you are not legally bound to implement these changes, it will foster trust and faith in the community along with saving countless lives. Washington State, particularly the Pacific Northwest, is known for being a wonderful place for our pets. Putting these practices in place will ensure that it continues to be so. Thank you for your consideration,

Christine Balcom
2,429 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
4,003 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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 has asked that the city decide the outcome, and the number of signatures we get could sway their decision so please share! Please join us in signing this petition and asking the City of Lakewood to uphold its motto – Times Change. Values Don’t.

Karley Orr
3,012 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

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.
159,397 supporters