There is a sense of gloom at the Baldwin Park Shelter, as staff and volunteers wait to see if the new interim shelter manager is going to adopt an “if it ain’t broken, don’t try to fix it” philosophy, allowing this high intake shelter to continue serving as an example of how to successfully forge relationships with both the rescue community and the community which the shelter serves to save the lives of its unfortunate impounded pets. It was not too long ago that the Baldwin Park Shelter killed 100 dogs a day every day; five years into outgoing shelter manager Lance Hunter’s model relationship with rescue and volunteer groups the shelter recently had several weeks of not killing any dogs. Lately there has been hope that the Baldwin Park Shelter would become a no kill shelter within the next few years, and we hope that the loss of Mr. Hunter will not make this laudable goal any less of a priority.
For the Baldwin Park Shelter to go no kill, it will require more than the cooperation of shelter management. Enforceable mandatory spay/neuter laws must be enacted in El Monte and West Covina – something which can only happen within the political arena. For precisely this reason we are excited by the candidacy of Bobby Shriver, who is running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Shriver, a member of the famed Kennedy family, has made the passage of much needed spay/neuter laws a part of his platform and he was not content to stop with spay/neuter legislation. He has called for a top to bottom review of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal ‘Care’ and Control, and has vowed to stop the words “care” and “animal Control” from being oxymorons as they have been under the failed leadership of Marcia Mayeda.
We wholeheartedly endorse Bobby Shriver and urge you to vote for him on June 3rd. His opponent Sheila Kuehl was a key opponent of statewide spay/neuter legislation while she served in Sacramento. The senseless killing of animals cannot be justified by a civilized society, and electing Bobby Shriver is a giant step in the right direction. We need more visionaries and less business as usual bureaucrats both in our shelter system and our government.