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Fwd: animal shelter

From: sandra b.
Sent on: Sunday, September 30, 2012 9:33 PM
Hello Kristin,

Here is my letter and the response I just received from Gillison.  


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From: "Gillison, John" <[address removed]>
Date: September 30,[masked]:55:31 PM PDT
To: Sandra Bell <[address removed]>
Subject: RE: animal shelter

Thank you Ms. Bell for the email.  

I am not sure what information you were provided, but the philosophy at
the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Adoption Center remains the same as
it has always been - finding every adoptable animal a suitable home.  To
that end, our volunteer partners are a key resource and one we rely on
for fundraising, animal care, animal enrichment and outreach for the
many dogs, cats and other animals in the Center.  In fact we encourage
the volunteers to network and find forever homes for the animals, all
the animals, in the Center.  The Center is not looking to change its
philosophy of being a progressive shelter, one that strives to adopt as
many animals as possible.  In fact, to date, we are still averaging an
80% plus adoption rate, which is considerably higher than most other
comparable municipal shelters.  

Recently, as the Center has continued to grown and evolve, and made
changes in its operations, a subset of volunteers have disagreed with
those changes.  While we respect their right to disagree, there is
definitely another side to the story.  Our goal as a Center, and all the
staff's goal, and most of the volunteer's goal, is to ensure that as you
said so well, every healthy, adoptable animal finds a home.  I would
encourage you to visit the Center for yourself, and consider
volunteering your time, as we welcome the efforts of all.

John R. Gillison
City Manager
City of Rancho Cucamonga
[masked] ext. 2000
[address removed]

-----Original Message-----
From: Sandra Bell [mailto:[address removed]]
Sent: Sunday, September 30,[masked]:49 PM
To: Gillison, John
Subject: animal shelter

Dear Sir,

It has come to my attention that volunteers are not being utilized at
the Rancho Cucamonga animal shelter as they were under the former
director.  As a result of dedicated people being stopped from doing
their constant outreach and re-homing efforts, many healthy, adoptable
animals are dying prematurely and needlessly.  Why would such a step
backward be tolerated?

According to a newspaper article and an e-mail sent my way, it seems
that a progressive, low-kill shelter has now joined the scores of others
that just warehouse animals for the required time and then can't wait to
usher them into the kill room.  This is outrageous.  Why would officials
deny volunteers the chance to work their butts off to save lives?  The
word "volunteer" means they cost nothing and are a loving and positive
blessing to these poor homeless, scared, bored dogs and cats.  

I would really like to know why the successful outreach to save lives at
the shelter has been thrown under the bus.  If there is something you
can clarify about this, I would love to know.  Otherwise it just sounds

Sandra Bell

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