Everyone is feeling the effects of the pandemic. No one has been left untouched. It brings out the best in people and, at times, the worst, as we all struggle with fear, grief, isolation, uncertainty, economic challenges, lost opportunities and new responsibilities. For companion animals down on their luck, it brings a new and dangerous… Continue reading COVID-19 Crunch: When the Lockdown Became a Lockout, Part I
The COVID19 pandemic has affected us all. It is heartening to see how so many have stepped up and made changes to protect the health and safety of our communities. One change we had to make was to temporarily suspend our in-store cat adoption program. This allows us to comply with the governor’s mandate to… Continue reading COVID19 Displaces Cats
There is a schism in the animal welfare community concerning the concept of “no kill.” While the elimination of the need to euthanize animals for want of homes has long been a goal of the humane movement, the more recent No Kill movement, as described by Nathan Winograd and organizations such as No Kill Advocacy… Continue reading The No Kill Controversy
The “no kill” movement’s insistence on making euthanasia statistics the supreme measure of an animal shelter’s worth is misguided and dangerous, and has yielded some inhumane consequences. Under extreme pressure to lower euthanasia numbers, shelters have begun turning away owners seeking to surrender pets, or have drastically raised turn-in fees. This has led to an… Continue reading The “No Kill” Movement’s Overemphasis on Euthanasia Stats Puts Animals at Risk
Earlier this year, Pet Assistance Foundation hosted a meeting of humane educators from three Southern California counties to discuss forwarding statewide K-12 humane education. After three productive hours spent sharing information, experiences, observations and ideas, participants were inspired and reluctant to leave. PAF was encouraged by the level of interest, and is accessing and evaluating… Continue reading PAF to Expand Humane Education Efforts
PET ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION HELPS SLAM DOOR ON PUPPY MILLS When PAF learned that Judie Mancuso, president and founder of Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), had persuaded California State Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell to author a bill addressing the sale of factory bred pets and promoting shelter pet adoption, PAF immediately saw its significance, and offered… Continue reading How Pet Assistance Helped AB 485 Slam California’s Door on Puppy Mills
(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 485, which will help put an end to the inhumane puppy and kitten mills responsible for unhealthy animals and animal overpopulation. The bill’s introduction coincides with Responsible Pet Owner Month, and promotes responsible pet purchases by prohibiting local pet stores in California… Continue reading Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Life-Saving Legislation Curtailing Puppy and Kitten Mills
URGENT ACTION ALERT!!! ~SEND ONE E-MAIL TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF ANIMALS IN CALIFORNIA~ Letters must be received by close of business March 31, 2016 Please email your support letter to: Michelle.Reyes@asm.ca.gov HR 28 Humane Education (Dababneh)HR 28 was introduced because: Compliance with Education Code provisions should include educating students on the principles of… Continue reading Urgent Action Alert for Humane Education Support!
Last summer, during record high temperatures in Southern California, the City of San Bernardino animal shelter experienced an interruption in water service. Volunteers were quick to react, alerting a network of supporters via Facebook. Luckily, service was quickly restored, but what if that had not been possible?
We are deeply concerned about the recent trend of drastically discounting shelter animals, or simply giving them away. While we see the benefit of drawing attention to animals in need of homes, and appreciate that these policies result in some animals finding good families, there are dangerous flaws in this approach. Our concerns are for… Continue reading We Are Homeless, Not Worthless