Monthly Archives: April 2014

Baldwin Park & Downey Shelter Pets Urgently Need Your Help

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.

Downey and Baldwin Park Shelter Pets Urgently Need Your Help!


After years of being one of the least rescue friendly shelters in Southern California, the Downey Shelter has undergone a radical and welcome metamorphosis under its new leadership.  As a result we have been able to work hand in hand with this high intake’s shelter management and volunteer corps to make it the primary sending shelter for our Wings of Rescue/Shelter Me/Bark Avenue Foundation air transports to no kill shelters in Washington and Idaho.  85 Downey dogs have made the flight to safety along with 26 dogs from Carson and 35 dogs from Baldwin Park on the three transports funded entirely by money raised from the Baldwin Park and Downey Shelter Facebook pages – the very same pages that the bureaucrats running the Los Angeles County Shelter system have tried to shut down.

We have taken big dogs, little dogs, young dogs and older dogs of all breeds on transport- and at last count 103 of the original 122 dogs sent to Idaho have been adopted into forever homes.   The receiving shelters have been pleased with the results and have already asked us to send them 100 more dogs every month!   So far it has cost us roughly $80 per dog to transport these pets to safety and we have been overwhelmed by our Facebook friends’ generosity.  However for us to continue these lifesaving transports we are going to need to acquire corporate sponsorship.   Our friends at Bark Box have already donated $1,000 to our transport program and are making a sizable donation for each purchase made from their excellent line of products.  Meanwhile our Bark Avenue team is out approaching other potential donors so we can work together to save lives and we are asking for everyone’s help in keeping these transports going.

Meanwhile the one place we do not need to ask help from  has been the Downey Shelter team.  The entire shelter has removed every barrier, come in early, stayed late and jumped through every hoop to make these transports possible.

Unfortunately the Downey Shelter is still taking in huge number of pets on a daily basis.  Although there are spay/neuter laws on the book, the Los Angeles shelters lack the manpower to adequately enforce them – especially in the high intake areas of Compton, Lynwood, East Los Angeles and Huntington Park.   Until this flood of pets can be stemmed, and the end seems nowhere in sight, our networking lists of pets urgently needing your attention will be produced.