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Demand Shelter Reform & Transparency at Nevada SPCA. Fight for a proper no kill shelter.

Open Letter to the NSPCA Board and Local Agencies Urging Shelter Reform, Collaboration & Transparency To Whom It May Concern, NSPCA Board President Kathy Jung and Fellow NSPCA Board Members, Clark County Commissioners and Local Government Agencies, & Southern Nevada Residents, RE: NSPCA: NV19811013389, C7609-1981, EIN: 88-0187383 Summary: CCCAWA has good reason to believe that the current management of the NSPCA is failing to carry out the mission of the organization, failing to comply as a true no-kill animal rescue and failing to comply with key NRS requirements as well as Clark County Municipal Codes pertaining to animal welfare. That said, we of CCCAWA are asking for the removal of NSPCA management and shelter redesign with health, wellness and transparency as your guides. We are also asking the general public to show their support for proper shelter reform of the NSPCA in order to restore Southern Nevada’s only ‘no kill’ shelter to the proper sanctuary it was intended to be for homeless animals in our community. We urge local Southern Nevada residents to show your support by signing the petition today. Detailed Information: Over the course of several years and a compilation of hands-on experiences in and around the Nevada Society for the Prevention and Cruelty of Animals (NSPCA) several things have become apparent to this group and we deem worthy of this open letter. First and foremost, thank you for the work your organization strives to achieve and for the mission you have in place: “The Nevada SPCA, a nonprofit organization, operates a no-kill animal sanctuary, promotes humane education, makes referrals for lower-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services and challenges people to be the best possible guardians for the companion animals in their care. We work to achieve our adoption goals by treating each animal as an individual, with a name instead of a number.  We strive to match each rescued animal with people by personality and lifestyle in order to have the best chance to find a forever home. We seek homes for the animals where they will be treated, cherished, and appreciated as members of the family.”1 We realize that unlike the open-intake, government-subsidized shelter(s) in Southern Nevada; the NSPCA is operating under the ‘no-kill model’, which is both widely commended and supported throughout the community. We also recognize that your organization rescues some of the most difficult to adopt, often unwanted and medically in-need animals. As stated on your website: “Besides those awaiting adoption, we have animals in the process of rehabilitation so that they too can be available for adoption in the future, and we exhaust all reasonable measures to help them become adoptable.  At the time of rescue many animals have broken bones and other injuries, disease, emaciated bodies from starvation or neglect, birth defects, tumors and other growths, and more.  Even more are bouncing back from cruelty and abuse, learning to trust people again.”2 As Southern Nevada’s only no-kill shelter, the general public and community donor naturally assumes you operate under the true ‘No-Kill Model.’ The No- Kill resolution states: ”Whereas, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals and other humane organizations were founded to establish standards for humane treatment of animals, to promote their rights, and to protect them from harm;”3 Among other rights, the No Kill Statement of Rights and Guiding Principles4 state that: Taxpayers and community members have a right to full and complete disclosure about how animal shelters operate.  Shelters provide care and treatment for all animals in shelters to the extent necessary, including prompt veterinary care, adequate nutrition, shelter, exercise, and socialization;  Shelters are held accountable for and make information publicly available about all the animals in their care. Having said all of that, the CCCAWA has good reason to believe that the current management of the NSPCA is failing to carry out the mission of the organization, failing to comply as a true no-kill animal rescue and failing to comply with key NRS requirements5 as well as Clark County Municipal Codes6 pertaining to animal welfare. Key areas of concern include: 1. Inadequate staffing: Key staff member(s) have left or been dismissed without replacement both in front and back-of- house. Kennel attendants are often tasked with front-of- house duties and pulled in so many directions that kennel duties and cleanliness suffers. There are no staff members whose job duties include socialization, walks or proper exercise.References: NRS 574.360, NRS 574.4730, MC 10.30.010, MC 10.30.080 2. Unclean living conditions and improperly maintained enclosures: Building and grounds are not well kept, kennel doors are broken, elements are exposed, sewage is backing up, water is leaking from the roof, bugs and pigeons are present and the smell is often overpowering. Water bowls go unwashed and are refilled to the point of algae, fecal matter and urine is not cleared away and properly sanitized each day and left into the next etc, bugs fill treat containers and water dishes including cockroaches and black widows, animals are often covered in fecal matter and urine when brought up for adoption, training or walks with volunteers.References: NRS 574.360, MC 10.30.010, NRS 574.430, MC 10.30.080, NRS574.420, MC10.30.070, NRS547.370, MC 10.30.020 3. Inadequate housing and shelter for the number of animals: There are often times 4-5 small dogs in a kennel and sometimes up to 3 large dogs. Fights often break out and can go on unattended causing both mental and emotional damage to the animals. Cases involving food hoarding and resource guarding which many rescue animals exhibit, can lead to a dog being without food, water, or access to the indoor area of the kennel until it can be noted by a staff member.References: NRS 574.410, MC 10.30.060 4. Inadequate medical care: There seems to be only one member on staff dedicated to medical care and she has questionable training or qualifications in veterinary care. This is gravely inadequate for the number of animals present. Injuries and illness often go unnoticed and unattended unless severe and extremely visible. Outside trainers note injuries unattended-to and volunteers witness reports of illness gone unanswered or improperly addressed. Dogs have been noted with severe ear infections, growths, neurological problems, broken bones, parasites and more; without constant reminders and volunteer pleading treatment does not take place and noted requests for treatment often go unanswered by staff or dismissed as minor. This environment is unfit for older animals or animals with any ongoing medical issues. This group has been privy to several older dogs dying in the shelter with little to no preventative care or end of life care given until it was apparent the animal was already beyond aide. Other times dogs have gone unaltered without notice until attention is drawn to it due to apparent physical symptoms such as going into heat/vaginal bleeding. There is no way one staff member could adequately address all of these issues or even be aware of them.References: NRS 574.440(2), MC 10.30.090(b) 5. Inadequate socialization or interaction program in place for dogs. No program in place to ensure dogs are receiving socialization, working with trainers to improve behavior issues or getting proper mental or physical stimulation. Currently all exercise and enrichment is done through 100% volunteer contributions. When volunteers are out of town or are restricted access, animals suffer and do not leave their kennels for days on end.NSPCA: NV19811013389, C7609-1981, EIN: 88-0187383 6. No transparency regarding dogs unavailable for adoption: Dogs “in the back” or “unavailable for adoption” as the website refers get no socialization what-so- ever. There is no program in place to get them ready for adoption, mark their progress or evaluation as to when they can move to “the front”. Volunteers are denied access and the dogs are not listed on the website.Rows upon rows of kennels exist “in the back” with absolutely no accountability to the public,the donor, or even to the board of directors regarding the animals’ well-being, socialization,progress or health status. Dogs could die and go completely unnoticed as they are essentially hidden and unaccounted for publicly. 7. Unclear guidelines and changing expectations for volunteers; informal hierarchy of leaders and a culture of silencing through bullying. There is no volunteer coordinator on staff. There are no clear rules or guidelines. Times often change, procedures change, rules and expectations change. Volunteers are asked to not speak with trainers or outside entities regarding the shelter or concern for the animals. People are asked to leave and shunned if concern is voiced or ideas offered which are unwelcome or deemed “accusatory”. 8. Consistent medical neglect as well as a culture of silencing and emotional blackmail by staff done through removing access to animals in a retaliatory fashion. It has been observed that key volunteers and financial supporters suggest additional medical examination and/or request an animal be made available for foster or hospice care in order to – keep a closer eye on a medical situation, provide more personalized care, work on a behavioral issue such as kennel stress etc. – and are most often times dismissed and/or denied. Repeated concern for an animals’ well being is frowned upon and is deemed as “negativity”. Any comments made to senior staff that could possibly be construed as negative result in the volunteer being deemed “aggressive” and asked to leave. Often times, expressing concern about an animal will result in the placements of restrictions via a “No Walks; Medical Treatment” sign being placed on the kennel. The “No walk” restriction can/does last for weeks to months at a time with no communication as to what has been observed, if a professional has seen the animal, if the issue has improved or resolved, and/or when the animal will be allowed to leave its kennel for mental and physical stimulation again. Volunteers fear voicing even reasonable concerns for fear of being deemed “aggressive,” being asked to leave, being denied access the animals to ensure their well being, and for fear of retaliatory ‘no walk’ periods as subtle punishments for the whistle blowers themselves. No walk signs are used to defer medical attention, silence concerned volunteers and punish whistle blowers.References: NRS 574.440(2), MC 10.30.090(b) 9. Unclear guidelines, requirements, procedures and/or policy regarding a foster care program. There is no formal foster program in place; it is clear through social media and other marketing that litters of puppies, kittens or those animals deemed “in need” of medical fosters are marketed for foster care while other animals with similarly severe medical concerns remain in the shelter for months at a time before action is taken by senior staff. What qualifies an animal for foster care is unclear and that determination is at the complete discretion of management, which dislikes and hinders input by supporters. Management has very little interaction with the animals and therefore likely no real sense of their daily medical welfare especially given the number of animals present. Management has stated that supposed “healthy animals” are not to be marketed for foster homes at anytime despite it’s proven ability to alleviate behavioral issues due to kennel stress as well as over crowding.References: NRS 574.440, MC 10.30.090 10. Unclear guidelines and procedure regarding social media and promotion of animals; continued silencing and lack of transparency. Volunteers are not provided with a social media policy but are reprimanded by deputized volunteer leaders for promoting animals using wording deemed inappropriate. Descriptions having warranted reprimand include stating length of time an animal has been at the shelter, stating the hours of the shelter, stating medical concerns or other urgencies, using the word “shelter” itself, among others. 11. Unclear guidelines for adoption requirements. Some families are told they are unable to adopt any dog labeled a pitbull or pit mix if they have another one because you can’t have “two fighting breeds” together. Families are often denied due to multiple pets even if they are willing to restrict access or make accommodations. Dogs are deemed inappropriate for children or families often due to initial evaluation and without regard for progress or improved behavior. Other times, dogs are given to individuals who appear transient and whose ability to properly care for the animal is questionable with little to no questions or regard. 12. Unethical lost and stray pet procedures.  Disregard for recommended guidelines of Nevada Administrative Code by accepting animals that have not been held for 72 hours at the government-contracted municipal open-intake shelter.  Lack of acceptable protocols for attempted reunification with an original owner.  History of withholding information from rightful owners after actions have been taken to reclaim their animals, refusal to cooperate; stonewalling and intimidating owners.  Owners have been denied access to their animals due to prohibited public viewing; animals have been adopted out while owners have been attempting to reclaim.  Deceptive tactics such as lying, bullying and hiding dogs ‘in the back’ which have later been uncovered when photos of the animal on-property appeared online or in the media.  Implying, without any specific knowledge or proof, that owners have been “irresponsible.” Given the issues at hand, we feel that the NSPCA is in dire need of shelter reform, which requires:  New leadership  Transparency and accountability  Adhering to a model of acceptable animal care and employee safety  Legislation to require shelters to operate humanely As board members tasked with steering the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission; we feel this plea is best suited for your ears. As you know, one of the most important responsibilities for many boards is to hire and set the compensation of a talented CEO/executive director to run the proper day-to- day management activities of the organization. That said, we of CCCAWA are asking for the removal of NSPCA management and shelter redesign with health, wellness and transparency as your guides. We are also asking the general public to show their support for proper shelter reform of the NSPCA in order to restore Southern Nevada’s only ‘no kill’ shelter to the proper sanctuary it was intended to be for homeless animals in our community. Show your support by signing the petition today. Lastly, if you or someone you know has related information please email and/or contact your local animal control department directly.  Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to your thoughtful consideration and action regarding this important matter of animal welfare. Sincerely, The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare Activities (CCCAWA)Southern Sources: 1&2 Source: 3 Source: 4 Source: 5 Source: 6 Source:  

Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare Activities (CCCWA)
1,186 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Hillsborough County Commissioners

Save Our Land & Bakas Equestrian Center - Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County taxpayers are at risk of losing 22 acres of publicly-owned lands including the Bakas Equestrian Center's Horses for Handicapped nonprofit program. We should not sell our public conservation land, we should be acquiring more. We must protect this public property, which connects to thousands of acres of land and trails. We must make sure the cost of relocating the Bakas Equestrian Center and building an additional facility is properly determined and actually worth it.Please sign this petition now so Hillsborough County does NOT sell public lands paid for by taxpayers to private interests and the Bakas Equestrian Center will not need to relocate. Want to help? Here's how:  Sign this petition and share it with friends on social media and by word of mouth.  "Like" our Facebook page now to keep up to date on important events, news, and additional information. Email the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners now to explain you signed this petition and any additional reasons why we should NOT sell our public lands to private interests or risk losing the Bakas Equestrian Center! Join us at the informational session hosted by Hillsborough County Administration at the Keystone Recreation Center on Monday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. in support of saving our public lands and the Bakas Equestrian Center! Join us and make public comment at the next Hillsborough County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday morning, May 17th. We must save our public lands and the Bakas Equestrian Center! Thank you for your support of our community.Want to learn more? From the Tampa Bay Times:  In exchange for paying for construction, Pepin would get ownership of the tract in northwest Hillsborough County currently used by Bakas. It abuts the 67-acre parcel where he and his family live in a $1.5 million home. How much Pepin would pay toward building new stables, offices and barns would depend on an independent appraisal of the Bakas site. He has agreed to pay the appraised value plus $50,000. The land has a market value of $827,000, according to property appraiser records. "I have always been a major philanthropic citizen and have helped hundreds of causes in this community," Pepin said in an email. "I am working hard to satisfy the most people and get the most out of taxpayers' money." Pepin originally offered to pay $430,000 for a privately owned, 18-acre parcel in Seffner and said he would pay up to $450,000 for the construction of facilities there to replace the Bakas site. But his proposal to relocate the center 31 miles away in Seffner led to an outcry from families whose mentally and physically disabled children ride horses at the center. Although located in far northwest Hillsborough, Bakas also draws families from Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. The Odessa and Dover tracts now proposed are already owned by the county, eliminating the need to buy land for the new centers. Kim Hajaistron, whose disabled son, Michael, is a rider at Bakas, said the new deal is better than moving to Seffner. But she remains skeptical that the money Pepin is offering will cover the cost of facilities to match the covered arena, a 13-stall stable and administrative center at Bakas. "His original proposal was laughable at how cheap he wanted to get us for," she said. "I need to see numbers, and we need to go into this very carefully." Hillsborough County officials will this week begin evaluating the new deal, which will likely go for approval before commissioners within the next two months. They plan to get feedback from Bakas parents and obtain estimates for stable construction, said Forest Turbiville, director of the Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department. Located on S Mobley Road, Northwest Equestrian Park is about 600 acres and has 6 miles of horse trails.Sydney Dover Trails comprises about 800 acres but roughly two-thirds of that is old phosphate pits and mining areas. Roughly 250 acres are suitable for riding, Turbiville said. Both parks are viable sites but the county also has to consider the cost of running two centers, he added. Bakas costs about $580,000 a year to run. "The one thing we don't want to do is reduce service to the existing Bakas facility," Turbiville said.  

Save Our Land & Bakas Equestrian Center
64 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to You

Launch a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of regenerative medicine!

We're channeling something that’s bigger than a cause. Hundreds of millions around the globe are affected by skin conditions ranging from burns, diseases and victims of genital mutilation to all those impacted on both sides of war. RegenRevo (The Regeneration Revolution) was founded in 2008 out of an intense desire to change the world for the better. We're going to accelerate regenerative solutions by directly channeling the voices and economic power of millions into getting past any obstacle, be it political or scientific, found to be standing in the way. Our core founding mission “The Skin Project”, is exclusively dedicated to clearly understanding the hurdles in the way of regenerative skin solutions, as well as funding targeted research and initiatives that hold the most potential to be made available within our lifetime. Restoration of the appearance and function of our skin will have a profound effect on humanity. While skin is the largest organ in the body, it also happens to be the easiest to regenerate; however public awareness and education about current advancements and future possibilities are minimal. The opportunity for those affected to become directly involved in accelerating these solutions within our lifetime is now here. Regenerating skin using your very own cells may seem far fetched but many people are still unaware that second-degree burns can be completely healed over a weekend or that receiving a lab-grown bladder or trachea is now old news. The issue of organ rejection or dying on a waiting list will one day be a ‘thing of the past’. How soon that day arrives is up to us. To accelerate the organization to our first major milestone, we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign on LaunchGood.Com to help us move into our new 5,000 sq. ft. office space in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s now time to begin recruiting our base. Sign this petition now to join our revolution and stay updated. All we need from you now is to share this petition and continue educating yourself about regenerative medicine. We all know someone that would benefit from the miracle this emerging field has to offer. Our future campaign will allow us to complete renovations for our first office space and if we reach our stretch goals, web development and sustained operating expenses. Our first objective will be the planning and completion of a master report on the state of regenerative medicine and our plans on where we can make the most significant inroads. This will then be published to all of our supporters for review. Your support will be critical to guaranteeing the success of The Regeneration Revolution. Sincerely, Ahmed Almashhadani Founder Dr. Mohammed Almashhadani President M.S.E. Biomedical Engineering Jay E. Hilario Executive Director B.B.A. ∞ The Regeneration Revolution ∞ P.S. Your public petition comments are invaluable to us, keep it coming! Stay informed, like, share and support our mission: • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Google+ • We highly recommend watching the following: Regenerating Our Bodies TED Talk Growing/Engineering Organs TED Talk How To Build a Beating Heart National Geographic

The Regeneration Revolution
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