NORTH CENTRAL ANIMAL CARE CENTER WINS AWARD

Posted on November 2, 2010 by Amy

City of Los Angeles ? Department of Animal Services

Los Angeles Animal Services’ North Central Animal Care Center was recognized by the American Institute of Architects, Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles with a Design Green award.  The Design Green award is a competition to honor projects that integrate exceptional design with new high performance standards for sustainability, LEED certified for their effectiveness while redefining architecture.  The City’s North Central Animal Care Center which is a certified LEED gold building, has also received:?·        American Institute of Architects Design Award;?·        “Best Green Building” award by California Construction Publications for McGraw Hill Companies;?·        “Community Impact Award” from the Los Angeles Business Council; and?·        “Exceptional Achievement Award” from the Southern California Development Forum.?Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa offered his congratulations.?“The North Central Animal Care Center has been one of the City’s premiere examples of sustainable design,” he said.  “I congratulate the Department of Animal Services, the Bureau of Engineering and the design team of Barton Choy and Tracy Stone for their multiple award-winning accomplishments.”

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You can’t keep your pet? Really?

Posted on November 19, 2010 by Amy

BY A Shelter Director

I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there’s a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.
Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ‘sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are.
If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and making money is better than spending money to take this animal to the vet.
Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”. First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 shelter workers depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. You see shelters are trying to make money to pay employee pay checks and don’t forget the board of directors needs to be paid too, so we don’t spend our funds to tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug, we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer until dead. If it were not a “making money issue” and we had to have a licensed vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated or tranquilized and then euthanized, but to do this procedure correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a vet perform their euthanasia’s so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. Making money is the issue here not loosing money.
When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right!
I hope that those of you who still have a beating heart and have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head, I deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because people just do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat).
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog. For those of you that care— please repost this to at least one other craiglist in another city/state.

Let’s see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact.

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Needed Blankets and food for the Homeless

p>OPERATION BLANKETS OF LOVE

Posted on December 3, 2010 by Amy

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com

- is donating several hundred blankets and towels including pet beds for the new born’s tomorrow at noon.
Thanks to everyone that alerted me of this urgent matter. You are so loving and caring to make sure these innocent animals are taken care of.
I got so many messages in the am and quickly got on the phone and got the top three people at Kern County Shelter. We discussed in detail their needs and we arranged to have tomorrow at noon a volunteer to pick up these items and go directly to Kern Shelter.
Please share this with your e mail list from the messages you brought to me today so they know that it is being taken care of.
Operation Blankets of Love is there to make sure our four legged friends will be warm and comfy.
Please take a few moments to see the work we do and share with all your animal loving family and friends.
Click here to see us featured on Animal Planet’s Pit Boss last month.

Please take a look at some of the short 30 second to 60 second video clip of what we do with your donations. : )
Perhaps your friends, family and colleagues can make a contribution to help us grow or do a fundraiser at the same time you collect blankets. We have something called Doggie Dollar Days. Every dollar donated brings comfort to a single homeless animal which increases their chances of being adopted which saves lives! Give the Gift of Life today.Pawsitively Yours,?Eileen Smulson -?Founder and President?www.operationblanketsoflove.org?Phone# 818-402-6586

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Take me Home Rescue Photos

Posted on December 5, 2010 by Amy

Please Join the FUN and SAVE LIVES!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OUR TMH FRIENDS AND FAMILIES!?TAKE A PHOTO WITH TAKE ME HO HO HO HOME!
We wanted to personally invite you to a holiday photo party!?Our Santa loves animals, and he does not care if you have been naughty or nice because he knows you care about SAVING LIVES with Take Me Home!?We hope you will stop by and say hello and take a picture to reflect on the glorious lives you have saved.
TMH will be using a high quality photo printer and we will email you the jpeg file so you can make your own holiday card with our Christmas and/or Chanukah themed pictures.
You can join your furbaby in the picture, or just let your animal take the spotlight!?Dress up your animal or feel free to use our fun holiday Christmas and Chanukah costumes.
Help us save lives with a picture.  We hope to see you there!?Please print attached event flyer and hang it at your local dog park, coffee shop, and email it to all your animal loving friends.
*All donations from the event enable TMH to continue our efforts.*
Every Second?of Every Minute?of Every Day?A helpless animal is put to death?just because no one was there to take them home.?www.takemehome.tv?Join Take Me Home on Facebook: www.facebook.com/takemehomerescue?Take Me Home Rescue

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Justice for Lacey

Man ordered to trial in animal abuse case

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Amy

BY STEVE E. SWENSON, Californian staff writer?sswenson@bakersfield.com |
A Bakersfield man was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on felony animal abuse charges for reportedly splashing bleach on a small dog, and a judge nearly doubled his bail, resulting in deputies handcuffing him and putting him in jail.
Judge Michael Lewis increased the bail for Robert Gonzales, 43, from $25,100 to $50,000 after hearing evidence that Gonzales told a veterinary tech that he wrapped the dog’s mouth with duct tape, sprayed the dog’s eyes with bleach and hit the dog in the head with a golf club in order to discipline the 6-pound, fuzzy white dog named Lacey.
Lewis, after seeing pictures of the injured dog, said that considering the violence to the dog and the safety of the community, the previously posted bail was not adequate.
Gonzales was also ordered to stand trial on felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of a switchblade knife and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. An arraignment was set Jan. 14.
A glass pipe with methamphetamine was found in Gonzales’ pickup Dec. 4 and a switchblade knife was found in his pocket, according to testimony by Bakersfield police officer Jason Williamson.
That was the day Williamson responded to a report by veterinary technician Nicole Gray that Gonzales admitted to her that he abused the dog, the officer said.
The case outraged animal groups and one established an online petition asking for vigorous prosecution of Gonzales. As of Tuesday, it was signed by 13,751 people.
Gonzales in a Dec. 13 interview with The Californian said the accusations against him were false. He said the dog tipped over a can of bleach and he never hit the dog with a golf club.
Defense attorney Leticia Perez, in arguing that Lewis not increase bail, said there was only hearsay evidence of Gonzales’ guilt and it has not been established by convincing proof how the animal’s injuries occurred. But prosecutor Felicia Nagle said the evidence showed “a crime of violence inflicted upon a helpless animal.”
Another witness, city animal control officer Ronda Choate, testified that she didn’t find a golf club but she did find a piece of silver duct tape in the yard with dog hair on it.
She said she found a short tether around a tree in the backyard, but both she and Williamson said the dog was not tied up to the tree when they saw the dog in the backyard Dec. 4.
Choate said the dog had scabbing around its eyes and other injuries.
Williamson said that according to what Gray said Gonzales told her, Gonzales left the dog tied up to the tree at night in the cold and when she went to treat Lacey at Gonzales’ home, the dog would cower at the sound of Gonzales’ voice.
Gonzales told the newspaper that he didn’t have money to treat the dog, which was accidentally injured Nov. 29, but he asked the veterinary technician to treat the dog Dec. 2 by flushing the dog’s eyes out and cleaning it up. Gonzales said he got an unemployment check Dec. 4 and planned to take the dog to a hospital then, but was greeted by police when he returned home.
On Jan 23, 2011, at 3:36 PM, Diana M. Wagner wrote:
From: bonnie witten [bwitten50@yahoo.com]?Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2011 10:50 PM?Subject: Fw: Demand Justice for Lacey the Dog
—– Forwarded Message —-?From: veronica ferrantelli <veronica.ferrantelli@yahoo.com>?To: Veronica Ferrantelli <veronica.ferrantelli@yahoo.com>?Sent: Sat, January 22, 2011 11:46:30 AM?Subject: Fw: Demand Justice for Lacey the Dog
Just a click to sign a petition.  Please click and then pass this on.  We need stronger laws and stronger enforcement of those laws.  This baby did not have a chance.  Thank you for all you to for the innocent animals ~Veronica
Care2 subscriber since Sep 30, 2010    Unsubscribe  |  Read the Petition?you have 0 butterfly credits?petitionsite actionAlert” width=”539? height=”53? style=”margin-top:10px;margin-left:15px;margin-bottom:10px;”>
Help Convict Lacey’s Abuser
Hi veronica,
Lacey, a seven pound mixed breed, was found tied up in her owner’s backyard. She was in terrible shape, having been beaten with a golf club and sprayed with bleach.
This crime, along with similar animal abuses, needs to be taken seriously. Unfortunately though, animal abuse laws are not always strong enough, and it’s easy for people like Lacey’s owner to get away their crimes.
That’s why one Care2 member started a petition to demand justice for Lacey.
Below is a message from the petition’s author:
With this petition on behalf of Lacey, we hope to give law enforcement, police and the District Attorney’s office an idea of how the public feels about such acts of violence towards animals. We also hope to raise awareness of the link between these crimes and other types of violent crimes.
Please consider signing this petition.
If you would like to sign the petition or learn more, click here. »
Thanks for making a difference!
Samer?ThePetitionSite

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Erronous posting

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Amy
Hello , My name is Amy Meekison and I am the owner of this blog , I posted an alert warning people that they should not give money to Angela Miller Valianos . I could understand how this would across as a slander , I’m truely sorry that I posted that . That was not my intention . I have removed the posting from my website as soon as I saw it . I’m sure that Angela has done a lot of good work and I would never want to discredit that . Again my sincere apologies , hope people will contiune to look at my website , Thanks , Amy Meekison

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Animals and Shelters

please read and circulate to everyone you know.  thanks
Anita Kuhn Shecter?A S K Designs
www.jewlz076.etsy.com
Posted on January 24, 2011 by Amy

You can’t keep your pet? Really?

Although, I knew of some of this,  it was very hard to read. It should be posted on all RESCUE SITES, PET STORES, VET OFFICES, CRAIGSLIST, PETFINDER, FACEBOOK, TWITTER,  NEWS SITES, EVERYWHERE!!!!  Hopefully people reading this will adopt more rescue animals from the shelter, Humane Societies as well as rescues,  and enable the rescues to continue to pull animals from the shelters to save as many lives as they can.  I feel that each person that brings their animal to the shelter should be given this to read.  Hopefully it will get to their heart, and they will change their mind or take the time to find the animal a good home and let others know of their possible fate by taking them to the shelters.  Making the public take ownership for their actions and understand the horrible end these animals go through once they turn their back on their “pet” and walk out that door.
Cindy
Antonette Maldonato <Antonette.Maldonato@starwoodhotels.com>;
PLEASE – forward to EVERYONE YOU KNOW!  and think about the “No Kill” Advocay!  The responsibilityto change the system belongs to ALL of us!!!!!!!!
.-”-.?/) ‘ ‘ (\?{/(_O_)\}?~(”’)~(”’)<{@?(” ) _(” )         All we want is to be loved…..
You can’t keep your pet? Really? BY A Shelter Director
I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there’s a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.

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Free Spay and Neuter Month (LA)

Posted on January 27, 2011 by Amy
Lisa Zito in Central CA
<http://www.examiner.com/charity-in-san-jose/san-francisco-spca-offer-free-spay-and-neuter-procedures-during-february-photo>

The San Francisco SPCA is offering free spay and neuter procedures during the month of February
The San Francisco SPCA, which is a volunteer and non-profit animal welfare organization, announced today that they are offering free spay and neuter procedures throughout the month of February for cats and dogs of local residents only. The event is part of national Spay/Neuter Month and it is one of the largest investments in the welfare of animals that the San Francisco SPCA has invested time and money into.
The San Francisco SPCA feels that spaying and neutering pets is an important way to control the animal population since many animals can end up stray or homeless. The SPCA expects to spay and neuter over 550 cats and dogs during the month of February. Appointments will be given on a first come first served basis.
The procedures will be done at the state-of-the-art San Francisco SPCA spay/neuter clinic which is part of the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center.
To schedule a procedure or for more information  please visit sfspca.org <http://sfspca.org> .

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No Animal-rights Uproar in China Over Canada’s Seal Hunts

Submitted by SHNS on Tue, 01/12/2010 – 14:26By CAMPBELL CLARK, Toronto Globe and Mail international

Forget the Old World animal ethics of Europe. Canada is taking its seal hunt where the money is — to China.

Despite all the hubbub about the European Union’s sanctions on the seal hunt, Europe is a relatively small market for Canadian seal products. But China is a big buyer, with greater potential and none of the uproar about animal rights that has made the seal industry a pariah in the Western world.

That’s why Canada Fisheries Minister Gail Shea and executives from five Canadian seal-industry companies are in China now, teaming up to work the market that could ensure the survival of Canada’s moribund hunt. “There’s huge market potential here,” Shea said.

Shea is in China to introduce a seal-fur line at a fashion show at the China Fur and Leather Products Fair in Beijing. She’ll also try to ease red tape for seal meat imports.

“They have a completely different approach over here,” Bernard Guimont, president of Magdalen Islands seal products exporter Tamasu Inc., said from Beijing. “That’s why we think it’s a market that for sure has a great future for us.”

The animal-rights activism of groups that attack the seal hunt as inhumane, featuring such celebrities as Paul McCartney and images of red blood staining white snow, has won a ban in Europe. But despite efforts to reproduce the campaigns in Hong Kong, the movement has yet to take hold in Chinese culture, where a tradition of eating a wide variety of animals, including dogs, makes it relatively immune to emotional appeals to spare cute seals.

“The Chinese eat anything. And they simply don’t understand why you would put one animal above another,” said Wayne Mackinnon, chairman of DPA Industries, which exports Omega 3 seal-oil capsules made from harp seal blubber. “I suspect that over the course of the next decade, the Chinese market alone could take all the seal products that we could make.”

Sales of seal-oil products like DPA’s might surpass sales of seal fur that was long the hunt’s raison d’etre, but the collapsing economics of the fur industry threaten Mr. Mackinnon’s business too: Unless sealers are hunting seals for fur, he won’t get blubber at a reasonable price.

With pelts fetching only about $15, many sealers stayed home during last year’s hunt, taking only a quarter of the catch allowed by Ottawa.

The landed value of the pelts totaled less than $1-million.

Ottawa, however, spent large sums campaigning against last year’s EU decision to ban seal products.

But those efforts are more about culture wars than commercial deals. The federal government wanted to stop sanctions to protect the hunt’s international reputation, and because siding with hunters over celebrity animal-rights activists from Europe was an obvious political choice for Conservative party politicians.

But in commercial terms, Europe was small potatoes: Most Canadian sales there were to fur processors, who sold their goods to other countries, but only about 10 percent of the retail market was there. Most of Canada’s exports are split between Russia and China.

China, rapidly becoming the world’s manufacturing powerhouse, has been the center of fur manufacturing for a decade, and its newly affluent millions have made it a bigger retail market too, Guimont said.

The Beijing fur show is rapidly becoming one of the largest in the world; the biggest is in Hong Kong.

(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.scrippsnews.com.)

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Gail Shea Junket

China to import seal meat and oil from Canada

http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110112/canada-to-ink-seal-
deal-with-china-110112/20110112/?hub=EdmontonHome
Updated: Wed Jan. 12 2011 08:32:09
CTV.ca News Staff

The Chinese government has agreed to allow edible seal products from
Canada to be imported into its country, under a new deal that was
announced Wednesday.

Canada’s federal fisheries minister, Gail Shea, who is in Beijing to
promote Canadian seal products this week, said she had worked with
Chinese officials for a year to reach a deal.

“One year ago, I came to China to begin this process. The Chinese
market holds great potential for the Canadian seal industry,” Shea
said in a statement released Wednesday.

“One year later, I am thrilled to demonstrate our Government’s
continued support of the thousands of Canadian families in coastal and
northern communities who will directly benefit from this new market
access arrangement with China.”
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