Worth the read and worth sharing. Things will never change at the Devore Animal Shelterunless more people are made aware of what goes on there and more people put pressure on to make change. Remember - it's YOUR tax dollars supporting this facility and their policies.
Through her research, this woman determined that Devore has almost 75% higher euthanasia rate than aany of the surrounding shelters. This is a REAL problem that CAN change! (ACCORDING TO THE STATE REPORT, ANNUAL REPORT OF LOCAL RABIES CONTROL ACTIVITIES, DEVORE IS NUMBER 4 IN THE COUNTY FOR LIVE RELEASES. ACCORDING TO THE SAME REPORT THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO IS THE ONE WITH THE 75% EUTHANIZATION RATE. ) http://devoreshelterfriends.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-devore-devore-does-better-than.html
Subject: : The New Devore: The End of Devouring
From: Courtney Burnette
To: DSmith@dph.sbcounty.gov bject:
Good Morning Mr. Smith,
My name is Courtney Burnette. I recently became a resident of California; upon arrival in many reputable rescue organizations I have always heard the constant mutterings of “Devore”. (SHE WASN'T LISTENING TO REPUTABLE RESCUES AT ALL. DEVORE HAS 90 APPROVED RESCUES THAT WORK WITH THEM, SHE WAS LISTENING TO THE ACTIVISTS. HERE'S YOUR ACTIVISTS, COURTNEY, AND IT COVERS THOSE REPUTABLE RESCUES YOU SPEAK OF. http://devoreshelterfriends.blogspot.com/2012/01/not-happy-ending-for-devore-dogs-thanks.html I was hesitant at first; could these awful rumors really be true? (THEY AREN'T AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN YOUR BEST INTEREST TO HAVE GONE A LITTLE FURTHER WITH YOUR RESEARCH. http://devoreshelterfriends.blogspot.com/2012/05/activists-changing-their-story-into.htmlI decided to research the facility in comparison with other facilities operating within a twenty-five mile radius, and I was shocked. The number of euthanized or PTS animals in your facility is almost 75% higher (72.3% to be exact) than any other facility within a ten, twenty, twenty-five mile radius. (I HAVE TO CHALLENGE YOU TO SHOW THAT "RESEARCH" FINDING. DEVORE IS 4TH IN THE COUNTY FOR LIVE RELEASE AND THAT IS PROVEN. NOW YOU PROVE YOUR STATEMENT. http://devoreshelterfriends.blogspot.com/2012/05/no-killactivists-plan-to-protest-devore.html) I learned further the facility rejects volunteers-volunteerism, an immeasurable for resource for socializing, pet-drives, and facility maintenance, as well as basic levels of comfort (toys, bed-mats, blankets). (AGAIN THIS IS JUST NOT TRUE. THE SHELTER UTILIZES WORK RELEASE VOLUNTEERS AND WELCOMES VOLUNTEERS FOR THE 48 OUTSIDE ADOPTION EVENTS THEY DO A YEAR.) This left me speechless, this leaves me heartbroken to see animals lying on cold cement for whatever amount of time “deemed” appropriate. (THERE IS NO "COLD" CEMENT. THE FLOORS OF DEVORE ARE HEATED AND IF NECESSARY THE DOGS CAN BE INSIDE WITH ADDITIONAL HEAT.) I decided to visit Devore Animal Shelter, in San Bernardino, CA. I needed to know if these were exaggerations, or fabrications of the shelter’s conditions.
I entered the facility; Immediately noticing the depressive atmosphere of the facility, the disenfranchised staff, and austere demeanor of the clinic. The “exaggerations” were solid facts: I did not see toys, blankets, or bed-mats in any kennel. I did not see a clear-cut socializing process for rehabilitating “frightened” animals. The characteristics displayed from the dogs were not aggressive behavioral problems, rather fear induced behaviorisms. As I pressed a staff member for the process of diagnosing behavioral problems, I received the reply of a vague “exhibiting aggressive patterns”; I asked politely “What kind of behavioral patterns are deemed unadoptable?” The staff member could not articulate the “unadoptable behaviors”. (I HATE TO TELL YOU THIS, BUT YOU WERE AT THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO SHELTER, NOT DEVORE. CHECK YOUR GPS. IF YOU SAY DIFFERENTLY THEN I WOULD SAY THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENED, GET MY DRIFT?)
Mr. Smith at this point, you must feel I speaking in a very technical manner; I can speak in such specific terms, because I was a part of the socializing process in three separate clinics over the last ten years. I have worked with the Humane Society of America in Montgomery Alabama, Panama City Florida, and Albany, Georgia. I am therefore speaking from an educated-authoritative place. I would also like to add I have never encountered a facility that behaved in a defensive, secretive, and suspicious manner about their socializing process. Shelters usually are extremely happy to discuss the socializing process in detail; this is usually to reassure potential adoptees that the facility has taken every precaution, step, and measure to identify the strengths/weakness of an animal. I have spoken with a few different trainers, animal behaviorist specialists, and former shelter colleagues it was a unanimous agreement that basic comforts stimulate “real personality traits and flaws”; by stripping these animals of toys, blankets, socialization etc from the animal you are first creating behavioral problems and mislabeling the animal due to your own actions. (I CHECKED YOUR FACEBOOK.)
Mr. Smith while I am not personally attacking you or motives, I have never met you or know you, I am acknowledging the severe handicaps in your methods/management; Instead of utilizing the ingenuity and creative methods rescue organizations you have publicly belittled them for their apparent concern. Instead of creating a proactive volunteering-volunteerism resource that can improve community relations and adoption rates (The statistical data proving the effective use of volunteers in shelters is staggering! For every one active-volunteer the adopt rate raises 2.5%) you have turned this resource away. Instead of providing these animals, with limited window time, with a little tender, loving, care you have decided they do not need these “luxuries/comforts”. Mr. Smith you’re apparent war with the animal activist community is impeding your work or clouding your judgment. I ask you to reconsider your current practices that clearly do not work and fundamentally harm more lives than it has saved. I think you can see these rescue organizations will not stop protesting or insisting on needed change; In fact I think the protesting will become more vehement. (AND CONSIDERING THAT DEVORE IS BEING SUPPORTED ENOUGH TO HAVE ENDED UP AT NUMBER 8TH IN THE RECENT RACHAEL RAY CHALLENGE, I WOULD HAVE TO TELL YOU, LITTLE MISS KNOW IT ALL, THAT YOU ARE SO VERY WRONG. http://devoreshelterfriends.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-of-support-pushes-devore-to-8th.html
You need to ask yourself, if your motives are truly of the compassionate kind, why not change? Why not true a new way that could prevent the vast onslaught of euthanized animals? Why not show the world that “Devore Animal Shelter” could be a shelter worth funding and relying upon, because right now Devore appears just to be a death row cell in an assembly of apathy. (YOU NEED TO CHECK YOUR MOTIVES, MS. BURNETTE. ARE YOU AWARE THAT DEVORE/SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY HAS A NATIONAL AWARD WINNING SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN COPIED? IT HASN'T RECEIVED A CUT SINCE INCEPTION EVEN WITH THE TERRIBLE ECONOMY? SAN BERNARDINO CARES AND SOMEONE LIKE YOU, VISITING ONE TIME SO YOU SAY, WANTS TO CONDEMN. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAME.)
I will request for a response to this inquiry by Ms. Burnette and post it here. Stay tuned for that response because I can bet that it won't be posted by the activists. They don't want people to see a logical, reasonable answer.