A second hearing of a plan to increase adoption of pets will be heard this Friday before Council. Generally second hearings do not allow public comment, but you can call councilmembers to express your enthusiastic support.
The program involves for the adoption of a second animal with chipping and spay/neuter fees waived, after adopting the first with full fees.
Going before Council is the program as below:
The plan would be effective August 14.
Boks has had to include a revenue impact statement, but even if the entire $47,000 lost revenue were never recaptured, you must help make Council adopt it.
Recently, despite the bizarre numbers Ed has generated for April-June, adoptions actually "appear" to be up by several hundred, and fosters are up from a handful to over 100. That, combined with LAAS (Boks-denied) turning away animals from impound, is saving lives.
Several people have argued that selling animals so cheaply means they may not get good homes or will be used in research or to train attack dogs. All these are VERY REAL possibilities, but I think the benefits MAY outweigh the risks. No one really knows, they just speculate.
Their argument that paying hefty fees increases the likelihood they will be better cared for is a speculation in itself. Both sides of that issue speculate and believe their speculations to be truth, but no one can prove anything.
In any event, we will not see a stunning increase in the number of animals adopted, maybe 2-300, so it is only that number at risk. You have to weigh that against 50% kill rate we would see in summer, and it is a worthwhile risk.
As to Boks making it clear it is not a 2 for 1 sale, who is kidding whom? Anyone can claim animals came from the same litter or were best buddies in the shelter. Remember, it is staff talking to you; that in itself that should cause disbelief.
I wouldn't be surprised if every animal in the shelter won't have 10 or 20 best buddies as of August 14, but so what?
However, due to the overcrowding, more animals are dying from fighting, and more employees are getting mauled.
One rescuer told me, “Employees are being mauled; I've seen it. They had to pay two employees tons of money for being mauled by pits. They even had a class for volunteers on handling fighting and taking dogs in and out of the kennels.
The class was pretty lame. They bought all this expensive dog handling equipment but no one uses it. They still just hose down fighting dogs but it does nothing to the pits. Captain Dedeaux did the class. An employee who'd been bitten many times asked him to go into the kennels and show her how to use the equipment on the dogs, how to get them in and out of their kennels... He wouldn't do it. This woman really wanted to learn how to not get bitten. She'd been bitten 8 times already