CHARLOTTE LAWS - DREAM AND ACHIEVE TOGETHER
Outline of the "Los Angeles No-Kill Animal Shelter Proposal"
The Greater Valley Glen Council wants to end the killing of the 30,000 – 50,000 shelter dogs and cats per year at city animal shelters without costing the city of Los Angeles any money. Over time, this proposal will actually save taxpayer dollars. This is an achievable goal, as evidenced by the success in San Francisco.
Each Los Angeles neighborhood council should elect a Director of Animal Welfare
(DAW) to assist with animal issues in the area while the city gets the central
plan in place. The DAW could, for example, arrange for periodic Animal Care
Fairs in which the city's spay/neuter van visits the area.
A nonprofit should be established and an application made for at least $20
million in Maddie's Fund money. Maddie's Fund could potentially provide this
money, as long as the nonprofit also raises $20 million (over the 10 year time
period for completion of the Maddie's Fund plan). Many areas are currently using
Maddie's Fund money to become "no-kill," such as the state of Utah,
New York City, and counties in Florida and Arizona.
Individuals should be located to head up the two prongs of the Maddie's Fund
program. Nathan Winograd might agree to lead the pet adoption process, and Bob
Goldman and the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) might
agree to lead the spay/neuter process.
A nonprofit bank account should be opened so donation can be secured. Volunteers should begin the fundraising process.
Local legislation should be drafted so that he three, vacant, city animal
shelters are available for the nonprofit to use during the transition. The
legislation would merely postpone the sale of these facilities until a later
As a backup, various organizations and individuals have agreed to assist the city
with the transition. A written commitment
should be obtained from these organizations and individuals.
A new ordinance to put the "increased license fee ordinance" on hold
(until the conclusion of the process) should be passed by the City Council as
soon as the city receives a firm written commitment from Maddie's Fund for the
After the conclusion of the Maddie's Fund program, if there are problems finding
homes for pit bulls or pit bull-type dogs (as has been the case in Northern
California, the only locality to complete the Maddie's Fund process), the City
Council should consider passing a pilot program, requiring micro-chipping and
sterilization of breed(s) deemed "highly un-adoptable".
are additional suggestions at the conclusion of our proposal that can better
life for the animals and decrease taxpayer costs during the transition. I hope
our proposal will be of assistance. If you have any questions, or need phone
numbers or other details, please contact Charlotte Laws at (818) 781-5280.