This was a good weekend for shelter pets as the NKLA coalition staged a well run two day super adoption event at the LaBrea tar pits which led to the adoption and rescue of four hundred pets. For me as a former volunteer from the Baldwin Park Shelter it was especially gratifying to see Baldwin’s employees and volunteers elect to stay an hour after the event was officially over in order that every one of the 42 dogs and 15 cats that the shelter brought ended up being adopted or rescued. Watching the trucks head back to the shelter empty was a delightful experience and everyone who participated deserves to be congratulated.
What was disturbing was that the Los Angeles County Department of Animal ‘Care’ and Control proved yet again that its leadership just doesn’t care. The Carson, Lancaster and Agoura shelters did not attend this event where every single shelter pet brought was adopted or rescued. The Downey Shelter team came on Saturday and were able to adopt every one of their dogs, and volunteers from the Castaic shelter showed up to adopt out all their pets on Sunday.
Given the fact that Lancaster is famous for being a high kill shelter, and Carson’s euthanasia rate is still unacceptably high, one has to wonder why the DACC’s management failed to recognize the opportunity to alleviate shelter overcrowding by sending shelter personnel and volunteers to a super adoption event where they knew that most, if not all, of their pets would be adopted or rescued.
I think it speaks volumes as to the mindset of the DACC ‘leadership’ when adoption is not a particularly high priority, and is yet one more reason why Marcia Mayeda and her henchmen need to be fired.