Nine Ron Mason Cats Still to be Rescued-AMMENDED

There are about nine of Ron's cats still in prison in the West valley shelter. They have been there five months in cramped cages. They are going nuts and are loosing their socialization due to neglect. Ron got three back including Muffin and Burt, whose photos I eventually will show once I feel better and can get over to his place.

The others have been taken by rescues ten and private citizens. It costs $35 each unless they have to be S/N, then it costs $55. Ron and I (mostly I) will reimbuse you.

From a person who rescued three of Ron's cats 2 weeks ago:

For anyone who has any doubts about these cats I'd like to say that on behalf of the rescue where I volunteer I was able to go in and get out three of Ron's cats a couple of weeks ago. They're not in the least feral. They're not hissy, they're handsome and willing to be petted and socialized-with.

If I'd ever had any doubts about Ron's story and/or the care and socialization his cats had received prior to being seized by LAAS, knowing these cats would have dispelled them all. They are cared-for and friendly and all they need is a loving new home.

Call Ron to arrange a shelter visit.

Ron Mason: (818) 349-6901


Anonymous said...

For anyone who has any doubts about these cats I'd like to say that on behalf of the rescue where I volunteer I was able to go in and get out three of Ron's cats a couple of weeks ago.

They're not in the least feral. They're not hissy, they're handsome and willing to be petted and socialized-with.

If I'd ever had any doubts about Ron's story and/or the care and socialization his cats had received prior to being seized by LAAS, knowing these cats would have dispelled them all. They are cared-for and friendly and all they need is a loving new home.

Anonymous said...

Poor cats. 5 months in a crammed cage is a long time, but at least they're not being killed.

Anonymous said...

Not yet, anyway.

Anonymous said...


Sounds like Ronny's cats are the recipients of the war against euthanasia and N0-Kill pressing forward.

It's not just Ron's cats that have been at the shelter this long awaiting homes.

Some are really precious and have been at the shelter since August and September.

The rescues haven't gotten those.

They skipped the ones that have been there longer than Ronny's and got his kitties instead.

Ed Muzika said...

There may be cats there longer than 5 months but this must be rare, otherwise how come so many are dying?

Remember too, many of those may be evidence animals also. Sometimes it may take a year or more for a case to be over one way or the other.

In any event, what is your point--that the shelters are failing.

What is your solution? How many cats/dogs have been there five months? What percentage aree killed after 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 5 months? Without knowing this your comment is sort of pointless.

How many are killed after a few days, as 65% of Mason's were?

All 18 cats from another raid were killed almost immediately.

Please send potential solutions along with yoir opinion that the shelters are failing. Of course they are; the problem becomes what do we do?

Anonymous said...

Honey, Sweetie, you don't have to post this, but I'm going to make an attempt to answering your excellent question: What do we do?

I am not being self-righeous when I say that the shelters are failing and that the killing should stop. We all feel the same way. Who wants to see sweet dead animals dropping like flies? No one.

You say no-one is giving you solutions to end the problem. I am sorry you feel I'm being self-righteous when I say this, but rest assured I am not. At least, I do not feel that way.

One point of reference might be to stop the killing before the animals get to the shelter. That animals die in cages and get sick at the shelter is a given.

That animals have to be euthanized because they often spread their illnesses among the rest of the residents and through no fault of their own end up dead themselves, goes without saying.

The fact that they go nuts when they're caged for too long makes anyone who has to watch them go insane.

Animals are going to be caged when they go to the rescues because they have to be isolated from the rest. We need to protect those, so the animals who get sick have to be isolated from the rest.

These factors destroy an animal's sense of well-being and a will to live. We know that.

We are also concerned about what happens to the animals when they are refused, and rightly so.

We all want solutions for the little guys.

At the risk of sounding self-righteous and blaming others for the problem, and not coming up with fair solutions in the end, here goes:

Get the animals at the place where they are before they reach the shelters.

Implement a community task force and Animal Watch on the community level to reach every person on every block and get people to STOP reproducing animals.

That will stop the killing before it happens, and will reduce a good number being relinquished and then refused at the shelter level.

This will keep a lot of the animals from being killed and getting sick, caged, and dying at the shelter.

You get people to report their findings on their Animal Watch and immediately act to correct problems where the animal's welfare is at risk and/or the animal is losing its quality of life.

You educate. When education fails, you cite the non-compliant.

Getting people who leave food out on their front porches, patios, and yards might be a place to start.

The Animal Watch task force asks individuals to show proof of spay and neuter, vaccinations, and ongoing trapping for new and unaltered cats they are feeding, and for all the dogs on their property.

This will reduce some of the population of strays and the proliferation of kittens and stray dogs running lose on the street. Many people refuse to get the animals who they are feeding altered because they like to see puppies and kittens eating and growing.

You get people to supervise and make sure that the people are compliant. You cite the people who are non-compliant.

You get a task force to supervise individual communities; you report to an officer who is willing to work on the areas with you and you document progress and work on the problems.

You work on solutions together.

Animals who are left behind become the responsibility of the person who is feeding them. The Animal Watch Task Force keeps track of the residents within the communities and the number of animals within each household, including those they are feeding and altering.

Anyone who is feeding cats and/or leaving food out for an owned and/or stray (s), must have all animals microchipped and have proof of registration.

Everyone is required to become responsible for each and every animal they own, so that if animals are left behind when the owner or feeder moves, they must take their cats with them and provide appropriate relocation, socialization, and acclamation techniques when owned strays are transferred from one location to another.

The strays must be registered to the owner/feeder in order to keep track of them, supervise them, and report on their progress.

Each stray must be considered an owned cat, so that if the animals are left behind, they will not be subjected to harm by the new residents who move into the community.

Educate the new residents whenever possible about stray cats who cannot be relocated due to unsafe reasons and try to find solutions with new residents so that the cats will be properly cared-for and provided with all their needs in order to maintain their health, safety, and well-being.

The Animal Watch Task Force will function as the " eyes and ears "of the animals in their community and do everything possible to keep them from entering the shelters, while making it possible for the animals to live a quality of life.

The Animal Watch Task Force will have official duties and meet regularly to implement strategies for the proper care of animals in their community, along with strategies to implement population control in their communities.

The Animal Watch Task Force in his community will have power to charge owners and feeders of strays who abandon their animals and leave them behind with no adequate provision for their longterm care.

Anyone who takes over the care of owned animals and strays must treat those animals as owned pets, and will be required to follow all the guidelines stated in the Guide book that Ed Muzika posted on Animal Watch.

Anyone not following the guidelines will be charged with animal neglect.

The guidelines stated in the booklet will apply to those who inherit strays from a previous caretaker, and the guidelines will apply to those who attract animals to their yard whether by intentionally feeding them, leaving food out for one or more stray animal, or whether the person has adopted or rescued an animal from an animal shelter; or simply brought the home after relocating the animal to a safer place in his yard, college campus, parking lot, park, etc.

The animals shall be treated as owned pets and all ownership responsibilites as to the proper care of those pets shall apply.

Increasing the Spay/Neuter task force, the animal Cruelty task force, and implementing a community task force to oversee that animals are being properly respected and cared-for will reduce animals going into the shelter without having to play with the numbers, and it will reduce the numbers of animals dying from overcrowding and illness, depression, and disease at the shelters.

The result: There will be less animals we will have to worry about as we wonder what is happening to those who are being refused.

Laws will be implemented for the proper care and control of animals at the community level.

Non-compliant feeders/pet owners get a double shot of citations and perhaps even pressure from the community task force once attempts at education has taken place and improvements have not been made toward putting an end to the proliferation of animals in particular.

What else can we do together?

We need to children educated through in class presentations regarding the proper care and treatment of animals, according to the booklet you presented.

Make children's movies and games, theatre presentations, create songs children can sing on the subject, and implement the caregiving strategies and community task force patrol and protocol into a daily curriculum.

Invite the parents to the presentations and have them participate by hands-on implementation with their own animals and animals in their communites.

Have children report to the teachers about how their animals are treated at home; report how many animals they have and how many times those animals have been allowed to have litters of puppies and kittens. Ask them to tell you what has happened to those animals. We're they s/n before they were given away? How did they feel when they had to give them away and they didn't know what became of those animals? Do they get to visit them to see their progress?

Do plays on the outcomes on what happens when you have to give those animals up and when they're given up to life imprisonment, sickness, or death at the shelter level and on the street when they're abandoned.

If we're concerned about what happens to animals when they're refused at the shelter, make movies about what happens to them.

Get the media to participate in making documentaries and commercials and get them to motivate people to participate in a community task force and on the implementation of the laws as written in the booklet you posted.

Get councilpeople to become more stringent on the law regarding animal care and population control, according to the specifications in the booklet.

Make the public aware of the law as it is presented in the booklet and translated it in all languages so that eveyone can understand. Then get the media and script writers to spread public awareness on different stations, including the stations that are in different languages and reach different ethnic communities.

Get the media to participate in the implementation of a community animal watch and care programs with the help of organized task forces all involved in watching for animal neglect, abandonment, the proliferation of animals through backyard breeding and feeding of strays without ongoing, year-round trapping for the purpose of altering ferals and strays, and the proper maintenance that is needed to keep the population of ferals and strays under control and properly managed.

Make commercials and create posters all over the neighborhoods, in supermarkets, and educate at all levels of the public school system, two year colleges and universities.

Get staff members involved in the management, care and control of strays and ferals at the colleges where they work and teach, aside from those they care for at home.

For those irresponsible feeders and breeders who refuse to be compliant with year-round ongoing trapping and maintenance for spay and neuter follolwed by proper animal care according to the guidelines of the booklet --- get a task force similar to what ADL does when they want to pressure the shelters to comply.

Get an ADL Animal Watch on the community level to awaken the public.

Publicize ADL-type community task forces on their Animal Watch, putting pressure on the community, and in their efforts to get the job done before it's too late and animals die in cages, are killed, or are simply refused in the shelters and die lonely deaths on the street and are subject to abuse and neglect.

There are lots of things we can do together as a community Animal Watch Task force to ensure the well-being, welfare, and quality of life of the animals in our midst, and STOP THE KILLING at the Shelters and everywhere else where massive deaths occur each and every day.

Ed Muzika said...

No one can disagree that this community outreach method is fantastic, but how do you make it happen? Who is going to put togtheer this massive effort? Who will supply the moneies to make it happen, the PR experts to involve the media, set up the Task Force.

What you suggest requires enormous resources, problem as much as presently devotd to running the shelters.

My question is, who is going to do it and how?

Anonymous said...

"Who is going to do it and how?"

It begins at the grassroots level and grows like the mustard seed.

It can start with you, me, today, now, and we start knocking on doors.

Rescues love animals. They might want to participate. It's rescue at the grass-roots level. No money. All volunteer to begin.


Sheer Determination, Will and Desire to make it happen.

Money, Resources?

Get a hold of Streisand, Mel Gibson, Bernadette Peters, Spielberg and Disney, if you have to. They get things moving.


The most popular people out there who are bonified 501(c)3's and know people in the entertainment industry must have some contacts. They know people.

It's all about who you know in the entertainment industry---we apply that toward getting those same people to help w/ PR and the Media where the animals are concerned.

Who and How?

You, me, my friends, your friends, your family and mine, and the people next door and down the street.

If we want change we have to act today, yesterday if possible, even if it begins with very simple steps.

We need to build relationships and unite as one heart, one desire, by sheer Force of Will.

Get the Task done, even if we move two steps forward and one back, it's progress and somebody is getting helped, spared, rescued, saved on the grass-roots level.

You summon the Buddah, Jesus, Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Avalokiteshvara if you must.

I'm not being funny either. You put your whole heart and soul into it, and a lot of your time.

No recognition, just service toward the poorest of the poor.

Ed Muzika said...

I don't doubt this is what it takes, but I dodn't see it happening.

I like the attitude though.

But it takes something to get the ball rolling and I haven't seen anything that anyone has done up to now setting off those fireworks.