Thursday, January 22, 2015


Pledges, donations, are collected while an animal is still in the shelter. Maybe a 'puller' will come along and take the pet out when these pledges are waved in front of them. And if one does, oh how they celebrate "RESCUED". But what is the reality behind it? This is but one, there are others, and it is happening all too often.

FORMER DEVORE DOGS IN NEED OF RE-RESCUE reads the facebook posting. You can't even count the responses in the comments and cross posts. And those pledges came too. Then the announcement that 'Hancock' had been rescued or rather pulled from Devore. Great news you think. Not the end of story.

Hancock was abandoned at Loma Linda Veterinary Clinic by the puller/rescuer/activist with a $4000 vet bill and four other dogs also abandoned there. They were abandoned December 8th and as of yesterday, they are still there. But the begging for pledges, once again, has already started.

The clinic agreed to release the dogs to the 'puller' for $2000 but the 'rescuer' said to send them back to Devore stating "maybe they'll get adopted again". Does this sound a little scammie to you? Revolving dogs, get money, pull, abandon, get money again. Not the first time and this blog has written about this before.

The most worrisome thing is that this person has pulled several dogs from San Bernardino City shelter as well and was accused of killing 10 dogs in Texas. And a well known advocate against the City shelter needs to explain her relationship with this person.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


This is a bone of contention for No Kill and shelters. Merritt Clifton has the explanation. May not be what we want to hear but reality often is that way.

The common element may be simply that agencies have insufficiently explained to rescuers how shelter space is allocated.

The trick,  for animal control shelter management,  is to have adequate capacity to handle whatever crisis comes.  This is often complicated because many animal control shelters are too small for their communities––even with more nonprofit humane societies,  no-kill sanctuaries,  and shelterless rescues helping to house impounded animals than ever before.  The total capacity of every dog and cat shelter and rescue in the U.S. today is under 500,000.  Total shelter arrivals run close to eight million,  16 times the available cage and run space.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


The Animals Are First Fund, AARF, a nonprofit started by the County of San Barnardino Animal Care and Control two years ago to raise money for animal control programs not covered by the County, has donated 5,000 microchips to SB ACC, and on Tuesday, it was approved by the Board of Supervisors.

This is one of three donations of microchips to the County shelters, the value of this one is over $27,000. The program has been successful in helping to reunite owners with their lost pets who come into the shelter. It also helps to reunite owners with their pets for less fees required by the shelter. 

The microchips are also offered at the weekend pet adoption events throughout the year.