|Purred: Tue Jan 2, '07 6:50pm PST |
|Mom took pics of the cats today. I know - they don't have anything about the cats anywhere. There are 11 cats right now and tons of dogs. The cats are CUTE. Lots of black ones, one tabby, a very cat they have listed as a Siamese but they're WRONG! It's got long fur. What's that called? Not Burmese? Darn ... anyway, I'll try to get them up on Catster somehow. Gee, should I post all their pictures in a group and then advertise them that way? Any ideas?
Here's some info:
Read this whole thing - it's long but important. I just got this. The consensus seems to be that the vet who owns this shelter is responding to the pressure we’re putting on him.
• The source that gave GSROC the info was from a shelter worker that wishes to remain anonymous and that he is in fact closing for "remodeling" so that he can re-open as a boarding facility, not a shelter.
•A trainer who checked into the story:
I talked to the Huntington Beach Humane Society and they said they are not closing for good. However, they did mention that they are going to do a complete remodel and need to move the dogs out of their facility. The half off sale was for the holidays and I was told it is no longer in effect.
• An article in the Register:
Humane Society shelter to remain open during remodel
The large-scale project is set to begin later this month at the no-kill facility in Huntington Beach.
By JENNIFER MUIR
The Orange County Register
HUNTINGTON BEACH - The Orange County Humane Society animal shelter is not closing.
A shelter remodel is scheduled to begin later this month, said Dr. Samir Botros.
Botros responded today to rumors swirling around Surf City that his animal shelter was being shut down next week and that the animals not adopted would be euthanized.
"I don't think we'll even turn away any animals" during construction, said Botros, who noted that he runs a no-kill facility.
The shelter, which has been open on Newland Avenue for about 28 years, and the adjacent AAA Animal Hospital are scheduled to begin a massive remodel in upcoming weeks, said Botros, who owns both businesses.
The shelter will remain open during construction, but its capacity will be slashed to about 60 percent or 70 percent. There are now up to 64 cages for dogs at the shelter and a large room to accommodate cats, Botros said.
Shelter officials already have signed contracts with other area shelters and rescue groups to take animals that can't be accommodated during the remodel, which should take six to eight months, Botros said.
The shelter is funded with proceeds from animal control contracts with Costa Mesa and Westminster, medical bills from the clinic and money from animal adoptions. Occasionally it receives private donations.
The shelter will be able to maintain its contracts with Westminster and Costa Mesa during the remodeling, Botros said.
He also said he believes the facility won't have to turn away pets given up by their owners.
Contact the writer: 714-445-6688 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Then, someone responded - whose name I won't release, but it is a person involved in rescue:
There is a skeleton of truth that surrounds his statements ... however, it is unclear if the shelter kennels will be 60 to 70%, which leaves about 20 kennels remaining, OR does it mean 60 to 70% of kennels will remain, leaving about 39 or 40 kennels standing. This needs to be clarified.... as a difference of 20 kennels is major, when the shelter is required to take owner-releases from Westminster and Costa Mesa, as well as all their strays brought in by their animal control services......20 kennels will be insufficient to keep the "humane society" animals alive until they are adopted......oh, and he is not a "no-kill" shelter; low-kill would more accurately describe the shelter.
About 2 or 3 years ago, there were 70 kennels, in addition to about 8 to 10 kennels in a back separate area where animal control services brought in their strays holding them in these outdoor, isolated kennels for 5 days where hopeful owners can claim them (most of these animals do not get claimed and join the general kennel population after 5 days). In addition to these kennels, very small dogs were kept inside adjacent to the cat room, so there were potentially 80 kennels available!
Also, construction of a new animal hospital will precede a new shelter. This could take a full year. Interested parties should contact the architect to see the exact plans.
Anyone addressing these issues should do so anonymously,
as well as maintaining the writer's anonymity. Thank You. (It is surprising that this article should appear in today's paper, Tuesday, the 2nd, when the shelter and animal hospital was closed the prior Sunday and Monday.)
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