Monday, November 10, 2014


There are horror stories galore about the transporting of pulled shelter dogs all over the country. Oregon wants it to stop.

Washington begs for spay/neuter legislation because of their pet overpopulation problem, yet we still keep putting in a UHaul and taking them there.

Don't believe the tales of these transporters that they are saving lives, they are taking the lives of local animals by taking homes away. Are these transporters making sure the pets are altered before turning them over in other states? Are the pets vetted for diseases that might infect another state? 

Maine, New Jersey, Connecticut have passed legislation recently out of their concern for these transports. It is past time that these transports be regulated.

This came from a thread regarding transports into Canada of pits bulls from California. A rescuer from Canada is talking.

""See the thing is that I've run a rescue up here for a long time...of she's around for more than two years and I've never heard of here. She is only importing dogs, not helping locally, otherwise I would have heard of her by now. I have no issue with people who responsibly rescue and while importing from another country isn't ideal, I'm not completely against it. We help loads of dogs from Northern BC which is much like you helping a dog from elsewhere in WA, or Oregon, or California for that matter. That being said, there are literally hundreds of pitbulls that die in the Lower Mainland of BC every year, our shelters are flooded with them so when someone who is clearly a rookie rescuer starts importing animals that our shelters are full of, she might as well be going to the shelters and killing the Canadian dogs herself because in essence that is exactly what she is doing...the issue I have is when shelter works and pullers (primarily in California from what I've seen) pull dogs and send them to people without checking with the ACTUAL rescue community in the area where this rescue is active and then acts surprised that they're not everything that they say they are. Rescues take a long time to mature, there are a lot of bumps along the road and a steep learning curve, everyone makes mistakes. While that can certainly be expected and forgiven, you have to be dealing with people whose hearts are in the right place and aren't just in it for the quick buck that they can make off dos that get sent up here from Cali shelters already vetted and ready to "adopt"...I've seen it SO many times with SO many rescues who come and go and when an adopter can't keep the animal, it ends up in the Canadian shelter system because there is no one there to back the dog up if the home doesn't work out.""

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


It finally has happened, a major accident with dogs being transported. Had this come under laws currently on the books regarding transports of animals, this may not have happened.

Are you the one who put these dogs on a transport to a country who still sells shelter dogs to research? Are you the one who sent these dogs to a country where 1 out of 3 citizens believe in eating dogs? Why didn't this Canadian 'rescue' pull from their own shelters, Canada has a pet overpopulation problem as well.

These 'rescues' in California don't know who they are dealing with, they don't know where these dogs end up and they don't care. They are with No Kill and the motto is outta sight, outta mind.

Pulling up regulations for transporting cargo in California, even if you aren't being paid, you are considered a commercial vehicle if you transport cargo especially for others. You need a commercial license. These regulations about securing and checking your cargo make complete sense. If the transporters did this, there might not have been an accident and dead animals.

Monday, July 14, 2014


As a rescuer, I place a radius of where I will  adopt. My view is that  you become an extended family member when you adopt out a pet that you have spent  time on. You need to be there for that pet if the family needs something. Pet transports take them away, outta sight and outta mind. But what happens to those pets? And why are they being transported into areas that are still euthanizing for time and space? Why are the receiving 'rescues' taking their own local animals and providing homes?

This article points out that transports are unethical when they are going  into places still having to euthanize for time and  space. There are many horror stories about pet transports, many. Can only make one think, how many more horror stories are out there that have been covered up.

 They even import, by the hundreds, dogs from the United States — one of the wealthiest, most educated, and most powerful nations in the world!

What does that say about us? With all our wealth, education and power, we can't solve a simple problem of pet overpopulation?

They do it with sensational media headlines, television cameras running, frantic pleas sent out via facebook for money, for fosters, for adopters. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Canadian dogs languish in shelters month after month, or are shot in annual culls across northern Canada, or are euthanized by the animal control facilities charged with their care and protection. And no one seems to give a damn. Certainly not the importers bringing truckloads of needy dogs into the country.

Please read this article and visit the writer's blog for even more.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Another article about the transports of pets from California to the NW. This is an unregulated industry, generating money. It is responsible for many scams and schemes, and the shelter pets are paying the price.

The On Your Side Investigators learned pet transport in Oregon is largely unregulated. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is responsible for making sure dogs and cats that come to Oregon pass a vet inspection - called a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection to prevent the spread of disease - but that's it. 

While the state does have laws on the travel conditions for pets, there's no one at the state to enforce them. The ODA also told KATU that no one at the state level tracks pet relocations.
Not only that, the ODA relies on local agencies to enforce animal abuse and neglect laws.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


May 2014
Upcoming Events

May 10
Lights, Sirens, Safety
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Ln
Redlands, CA

May 17
Spring Pet Adoption Faire 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Memorial Park
1100 E. Foothill Blvd.
Upland, CA

May 31
SBSD Event
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Yucaipa Regional Park
Yucaipa, CA

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On behalf of the Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF) and the hundreds of homeless animals, I would like to take a moment and thank each and every donor who participated in the "GIVE BIG San Bernardino County" campaign. With your help and support, ARFF received $2,810 and ranked seventh in the total number of Unique Donors who supported our animal welfare charity and 32nd for the most funds received during this 24 hour campaign. We had some tough competition with 265 worthy non-profit organizations participating and your generosity clearly demonstrated that there are many within our community who care about our four-legged companions.
ARFF's next big endeavor will be to hold the 3rd Annual Homeward Bound Mega Pet Adoption event on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 at the Yucaipa Regional Park. Along with our many lead sponsors, including the very generous support of our County's Board of Supervisors and Regional Parks, we hope to adopt more than 162 dogs and cats, thus exceeding the number of homeless pets adopted during last year's event. Please encourage your friends, family members and associates to support our upcoming events and remind those you know to consider adopting a homeless pet from a local animal shelter.
Once again, on behalf of our volunteers and the animals we serve, thank you so very much for your generous support. It is truly heartwarming to know that so many people care and want to make a difference for the animals we serve.
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Thursday, May 8, 2014


Give BIG San Bernardino County is a 24-hour online giving campaign taking place from 7 am on May 8 to 6:59 am on May 9, 2014. The Give BIG San Bernardino County campaign allows you to give to your favorite causes in our community, thus helping improve the quality of life for our community. Our goal is to get everyone who cares about the quality of life in San Bernardino County to help us raise $300,000 in just 24 hours. One day. One click. One community.

Currently the Devore and Big Bear shelters are 10th for donors. Please donate and make them number ONE. Donations will go to AARF, the non profit of the County's shelters. THE TOP TEN WILL GET ADDITIONAL FUNDS. 

UPDATE: As of a few moments ago, AARF had moved into 7th place. Thanks.

Every year thousands of animals are admitted to San Bernardino County Animal Shelter facilities, which include the Big Bear and Devore Animal Shelters. Last year alone, over 16,000 animals were admitted to these facilities. The homeless animals in San Bernardino County need your help and ARFF is the only non-profit charitable organization established to specifically aid and help the animals cared for at these facilities.

In calendar year 2013, the following are just a few of the many ways ARFF provided direct support to the animals cared for at the County’s Animal Shelters:
  • Paid for the spay/neuter surgeries for animals adopted during the County’s fifty two (52) off-site adoption events held in 2013. A total of 289 surgeries were paid for as a result of our donor’s generous support.
  • Sponsored the 2nd Annual Homeward Bound Mega Pet Adoption Event which was held in June 2013. Invited the County’s “animal rescue group partners” to participate in this event which resulted in 162 pets being adopted into new homes.
  • Sponsored additional “life-saving” programs in 2013, such as the "Pets to Patriots" adoption effort which matched homeless pets with veterans and their families.
  • Sponsored the "Furever Yours" Valentine’s Day pet adoption campaign.
  • Sponsored "Super Senior May – Never Too Old to Play" adoption program which matched senior pets with senior citizens.
  • Purchased educational materials and items that were used to promote the good work of Animal Care and Control.
  • Purchased "Microchips" that are implanted in each animal adopted; assisting in reuniting lost pets with their owners.
Our donors generous contributions have helped the County to provide many "life-saving" efforts and programs that would not have possible with their support.

The homeless animals in San Bernardino County need your help and financial support.

Friday, May 2, 2014




An article needs to be written about this fire and how at a moments notice the shelters (City shelters and County Shelters) can become flooded with evacuated animals.

The rescues and activists keep asking for extensions on available animals with no one coming to adopt them. 

This fire should serve as a forewarning to the rescues, activist, and others that keeping the shelters at near full capacity when emergencies like this can happen will lead to those animals being 'held for rescue' potentially being euthanized with little to no warning.

The rescue, activists, and others will post on the web that the shelter 'is having a blood bath'; when they are not even in the area of the shelter, don't know about the current fire conditions (red flag warning, actual fire emergency, etc.) and will continue to post lies about the shelter.

Please stress California is in a drought and the areas are very prone to wild fires. You may want to use the OLD FIRE and GRAND PRIX fire from several years ago, how many days those fires went out, how many people died, how many homes were lost, etc.

The activists think the shelter should just make more room or the evacuees should keep their animals with them. What happens when the evacuees are at work or away from home when the fire breaks out. they cannot get home to get to their pets or possessions and it is up to the animal control officers to enter the fire evacuation area and truly rescue those stranded pets.

You may also want to reference how Devore tried to alert rescues during a prior fire event and the activists began posting that the shelter itself was on fire. Yet none of them came to the shelter and tried to help. I know, I asked the staff when I saw the posts. I guess if you are out of the state, you can post all of the lies you want about the shelter, but when the chips are down they are no where to be found. Must be nice to throw stones at glass houses from thousands of miles away and feel good about yourselves. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014



Of course not, what a silly question. Yet, on a facebook page of Maria Sanchez, this was in the comments stated by one of her followers. Yes, Maria once again is in the news due to her poor decision making.

Watch the video. Maria resists the officers, wraps her leg around a post even. Totally outrageous behavior for a grown woman. Does this behavior accomplish anything? It got her kicked out of the shelter and then media coverage. Does this help the shelter animals? Hardly, in fact she has done more harm to them. The public is afraid to go to the shelter now because no man wants to put his family in a situation to see such a display. Then the message that Maria sends about all the 'killing' at the shelters, that same man doesn't want to chance his family seeing that 'killing' either. So the man takes his family to the nice Petsmart store on Saturday to adopt instead. Don't think those pets in Petsmart come from our shelters, the 'rescues' in California get plenty of calls for owner surrenders, they pick the best of those calls, and the others, the rejects, end up at the shelter. If you want to do business with a rescue, be sure and ask them if they take animals from the shelter, if they do, the those are the real rescues, not the wannabes using the generic term rescue.

It is one thing to rant and rave about potholes in the street, but quite another when you apply this behavior to shelters where lives are at stake. If anything, no matter how bad a shelter is in your opinion, you should always tell the public how wonderful it is and how wonderful the pets are, so the public will go to adopt. We need to be the cheerleaders for shelters. Then you take your fight behind closed doors. Lives are at stake, let me remind you again. The public has never come running to save shelter pets when the bad comes out, in fact, adoptions for the public will go down. You could have more 'rescues' to come, but it is public adoptions that the shelters depend on.

Maria has displayed poor decision making in the past.

Now the followers of Maria are being told that dogs were 'killed' in retaliation by the shelter. This is based upon the philosophy that she and her followers embrace, No Kill. Their philosophy teaches them that all shelter workers are serial killers of pets, horrible people who awake each morning looking forward to 'killing'. This philosophy has done much more harm than any philosophy ever before in the humane community. Fortunately the truth is coming out on this movement that has destroyed shelters such as Philadelphia and Indianapolis.

It is the wish of this blogger that Maria learn the errors of her way because she has made herself ineffective and harmful to the shelter animals.

Monday, March 17, 2014


Another reporter is writing about the transport scam. And I suggest that you read the comments which are naming local people who transport and how dogs have died while in transport.

The horror stories abound with these transports. Imagine being hauled over a thousand miles in a UHaul, only two people. Now I ask you, how can two people do potty walks, etc. for a dozen or more dogs. Do you realize how long that would take? It appears from all reports that these poor transported dogs don't get potty breaks, they have to stay in their urine, feces, and vomit for the entire trip.

Stop this practice. Transporting dogs into areas still euthanizing for time and space in their own local shelters is immoral and unethical.

Friday, January 10, 2014


There have been prior posts about the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Folks, Washington. Washington state is a favorite dumping ground for those 'activists' who hate Devore. We have found that many a poor dog has been abandoned by the 'activists' on several occasions.

By their own admittance, dogs pulled from Devore were delivered to Olympic (OAS) and lived in filthy crates since 2012.

This website calls into question why these Devore dogs were abandoned at this house of horrors. OAS claims to take the dogs that everyone wants to kill. That translated is dogs with problems, dangerous dogs, etc. Not dogs that just need a little attention.

Dogs Deserve Better travels across the country with two of the former Olympic Animal Santuary dogs, Marty and Princess, from Arizona to Virginia in January 2014. Marty and Princess (formerly Waldo aka Cesar and Sheba) were part of the feral pack of Devore Shepherds that arrived at OAS in Forks, Washington in July 2012. We are told they then spent the next 1.5 years living in crates when the rescue thought they were going to a sanctuary.
They will now be living at the Good Newz Rehab Center, and we suspect Marty will quickly find his forever home as soon as he's house trained. He's already puppy pad trained in just three days. Princess is fairly shy and was feral, so she will need longer to rehabilitate, but she will have all the time she needs at the Center in Smithfield, VA.
Thought?? Thought they were going to a sanctuary? Did this rescue not step up and make sure that the dogs were going to a reputable place? Besides, it appears that these dogs are trainable with some effort. 
These 'activists' aren't helping animals, they feed their egos to say "They're alive!" Shades of Frankenstein, what kind of lives are these 'activists' condemning animals to.

Monday, January 6, 2014


Now's the time to tell the No Killers at Devore to take a hike, the program doesn't work and it is their time to realize it. They need to realize that they have actually caused much more harm than good at this point. Delaware went down in flames because of the No Kill Equation, the Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA), and now California is in the midst of taking the wrong path as well via the White Paper.

"The CAPA draft promoted by the No Kill Advocacy Center evolved out of the 1998 California legislation called the Hayden Act,  drafted by Winograd when he was director of law and advocacy for the San Francisco SPCA.  Never fully funded or implemented and now suspended,  the Hayden Act required California animal control shelters to make healthy animals available to rescue groups,  regardless of whether the animals were deemed  adoptable.
Winograd credits the Hayden Act with a substantial role in reducing shelter killing in California from 588,000 in 1997 to 410,739 in 2012.  However,  as ANIMAL PEOPLE spotlighted in April 1993,  many California animal control shelters had already been partnering with nonprofit agencies to rehome animals in rapidly increasing numbers for at least 10 years before the passage of the Hayden Act.   In addition,  the annual volume of shelter killing in California had already been falling for 25 years."

The last thing we need in California now is to 'shore up' the horrid Hayden that has and is holding our shelters hostage. 

Along with the Hayden, hoarding among rescues has increased. Cruelty traced directly back to the No Killers pulling animals and shipping them to unknown sources abounds. 

"The Hayden Act did not require nonprofit shelters to meet any animal care inspection standards before receiving animals from animal control agencies.  This weakness of the Hayden Act was exposed when the operators of three California “no-kill” rescue networks were convicted of running dogfighting rings soon after it passed.  At least 20 nonprofit “no kill” animal shelters and rescues in California have been successfully prosecuted for mass neglect just since 2010."

The No Kill Equation is a dead movement now, stop listening to the followers, burn the books.

“The no-kill movement has denied the existence of overpopulation and downplayed the importance of prevention of unwanted litters,  focusing all their attention on adoptions,”  Mechler told ANIMAL PEOPLE.  “Anyone who wants to get to true no-kill,  or as close as is feasible,  should watch what is happening in Delaware.”

We are watching, and hopefully we have learned a hard lesson. The animals paid the price for one man's ego.