San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control/Devore increased their dog and cat adoption rate by 10% for the year of 2012. That translates into the County of San Bernardino operated animal shelters have one of the highest pet placement/live release rate of 64% compared to other shelters in the region. It also translates into Devore having one of the lowest euthanasia rate of the other shelters in the region. Adoptions are up and euthanasia is at the all time low.
Devore/SBACC participated in the Rachael Ray $100,000 challenge and came in 8th in the nation in voting. SBACC came onto the social media with a new facebook page. Adoptions efforts and campaigns are now broadcast to the Spanish speaking community via Telemundo 52.
Devore has qualified for and will be participating in the Rachael Ray $100K Challenge again in 2013. SBCAA received rave reviews for the Mega Adoption Event that it sponsored last year where 163 pets were adopted and the plans are to do it again this year.
Devore is still holding 48 offsite adoption events in the community whereas many, if not most, shelters rarely have any. SBACC has an adoption vehicle specifically designed to carry the animals to these events with clear windows for viewing. The vehicle has also come in handy many times to evacuate animals during disasters.
And Devore is maintaining the same hours while many shelters, with the suspension of the Hayden Act, are cutting their hours. Longer hours mean more adoptions, more owner reclaims. Devore is open seven days a week and hours to accommodate the working community.
Now anyone want to challenge that Devore is making progress in spite of having the deal with the trouble deliberately created by the activists. These activists deliberately campaign to keep the phones tied up at Devore, using valuable staff time. The activists place many time consuming obstacles in the path of a shelter that is obviously trying to do the very best possible. Kudos to Devore for standing strong and continuing in spite of the hatred of these activists, the demoralizing of staff with their accusations. The Devore and County staff are so much more better people than the ones who attack the shelter and the grace, fortitude, and care of SBACC/Devore shows in the progress being made.
UPDATE: A reader reminded this blogger about the Grand Jury Report this year. A glowing report that basically calls the Devore "activists" liars. Jurors went to Devore anonymously, found a friendly staff and a clean facility. And the report was issued with NO RESPONSE REQUIRED. Oh how all the other agencies in San Bernardino would love to get that statement on their reports. It means Devore passed Grand Jury inspection with flying colors.