May 9, 2005 at 4:57 pm in Uncategorized
This may very well be a purely political move for our flailing mayor, James Hahn, but regardless, I have to say that I was thrilled when I heard that Los Angeles is trying to become a no-kill city by 2008. No-kill is a term used to refer to an animal shelter that does not kill any healthy, adoptable animal that comes into its care. While there are no-kill shelters in Los Angeles, they are privately run and can choose the animals they take in, whereas the city’s shelters must take in every animal they find or have brought to them. Even with that difference, while no-kill is a huge task for the city, it is not impossible. San Francisco has nearly succeeded, and New York and Utah are attempting to make their entire states no-kill. Apparently Mayor Hahn thinks that his newly appointed head the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services, Guerdon Stuckey, who has no previous experience in this field of work, is the man for the job. We can only hope that he is right and that his plan becomes a reality. The main problem I see with this idea, besides the lack of experience of Mr. Stuckey (who I am for now willing to give the benefit of the doubt) is that the people of the city of Los Angeles as a whole don’t know what’s going on, and many who do don’t care enough to change it. From packs of feral dogs running around the streets in the less wealthy areas of the city to people selling puppies on Melrose, the city turns a blind eye to this issue and then thinks they can magically change the problem with money. As an animal lover and owner of three beautiful dogs, two rats, and a turtle, this issue hits close to home for me because I rescued two of my three dogs from the pound and found the third running down the street with no tags, clearly abandoned. While I sincerely hope the city can pull this off, I wonder if they are going about it in the right way. The only thing I can think to do is to raise awareness about this issue (hence the blog) and do what I can to donate money and volunteer with the programs that are already in place.
I’ve added some links to articles about this issue, and if anyone has any links for no kill shelters, fund raising events, etc. please add them as well. Let’s do what we can to save the 30,000+ animals that die each year in our city’s shelters.
LA Voice article
LA Times interview with Guerdon Stuckey, head the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services