As many of us have feared Marcia Mayeda’s incredibly poor decision to make it harder for legitimate 501(c)3 rescues to operate within the Los Angeles County shelter system has caused many rescues to reevaluate whether it is feasible to work any longer with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Several rescues, including Take Me Home, a wonderful Boxer rescue adoption partner, have decided that Mayeda’s combination of mismanagement and bureaucratic red tape is too cumbersome to deal with – and have withdrawn from rescuing pets from the Los Angeles County System.
Sadly to Marcia Mayeda another thousand or so pets being euthanized each year because rescues are no longer able to work with the DACC is no big thing. When you’ve already killed a million pets during your reign of error the value of Los Angeles County’s pets’ lives isn’t very high – and Marcia Mayeda clearly has nothing but contempt for those of us who give our time, money and hearts to rescue animals.
However as rescuers and volunteers we cannot afford lose the forest for the trees and turn our backs on the Los Angeles County Shelter System merely because Marcia Mayeda insists on throwing roadblocks in our way to saving pets’ lives. To quit would be easy, but it wouldn’t do much good for the pets about to be stuffed into barrels and sent to rendering plants because we were unwilling to step up and save them.
Yes, Marcia Mayeda needs to be fired – along with Derek Brown – but we must fight even harder to save the lives of pets in the county shelter. The stakes are just too high not to.