The Central California SPCA (CCSPCA) has served notice to the City and County of Fresno California that they will need to locate another animal control services provider by October 1 of this year. This will end a fifty year relationship between the non-profit CCSPCA and the City and County. The move comes after animal activists have threatened and tormented CCSPCA staff and Board members and criticized the organization’s 63% euthanasia rate. CCSPCA Executive Director Linda Van Kirk stated, “Our Board is comprised of local citizen volunteers who are dedicated to our society’s animal protection mission and who are not interested in public policy debates.” A newspaper article printed on March 28, 2012 can be viewed at the following link:
You need to note here, that San Bernardino County animal shelters in Devore, Big Bear Lake and Dog’s Day Inn facility in Apple Valley averaged a 45% euthanasia rate last year which is below the estimated national average of a 50% euthanasia rate for municipal shelters. The CCSPCA handled approximately 47,000 dogs and cats last year and now the City and County will have to determine who will provide services to this massive number of unwanted pets. The sad reality is the No-Kill activists could care less what happens to the 47,000 animals. The City and County will be forced to build a temporary animal shelter to house this large number of animals and hire government employees at a significantly greater rate of pay to perform the same services the CCSPCA provided for decades. We hope Fresno City and County officials have set aside tens of millions of dollars to build the new animal shelter facility, provide funding to establish the temporary facility, and increase the annual costs of operations for providing the same services previously offered by CCSPCA.
One of the main reasons why CCSPCA Board decided to cancel their existing contract was the No-Kill activists attempted to take over the organization’s Board meetings. The activists would keep the Board members in session for hours on end, until the late hours of the evening, and the Board was unable to function effectively. CCSPCA being a non-profit organization elected to close their Board meetings to the general public which enraged the activists. Now we have the situation in San Bernardino County in which the County is proposing an animal advisory commission. The No-Kill activists are supportive of the commission so they can use similar tactics to threaten and harass appointed Commissioners and County staff. We have to wonder if the Commission proposed by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will be any more effective than the Board of Directors was at CCSPCA?
It appears the tax-payers in the City and County of Fresno are getting ready to feel the financial impacts of the No-Kill activists. Hopefully they have set aside the resources to ensure success as they cater to the whims of the animal rights extremists. For some reason, we do not believe this is the case.