Oakland can be transformed into a “no kill” city, making it a
nationwide leader in animal welfare, lowering taxpayer costs (it can cost
up to $250 to hold an animal for euthanasia and dispose of the body) and
saving animal lives.
Oakland kills approximately 50% of its shelter animals annually. Of
the 4623 dogs and cats who found themselves at the facility last year,
2227 were euthanized. These deaths are unnecessary. The following
represents a brief outline of measures that can be taken to become 100%
Remove Oakland’s Animal Services (OAS) out from under the
directive of the police department.
Appoint an Oakland Animal Commission.
Raise the salary and adjust the job requirements for the Director of
Animal Services position.
Establish a Director of Animal Welfare Program (DAW) for every
district in Oakland. This is a volunteer, unpaid position.
Implement a Humane Officer Program. See full proposal for details.
Ignore conventional “wisdom.” Hire OAS employees who are
creative, flexible and compassionate, and who are committed to building
relationships with rescue groups and the community.
Cut OAS programs and positions that do not save lives.
Establish a nonprofit organization (with a Board of Directors) for
OAS to permit receipt of Maddie's Fund dollars in addition to other
Create an ongoing and comprehensive volunteer and foster network.
or extend OAS hours of operation to coincide with the hours that the
public are available to adopt.
off-site adoptions at events, malls, pet-related businesses.
an extensive program for low-cost or free spay/neuter.
with as many rescue groups and nonprofits as possible.
success based on the total number of animals brought into the shelter vs.
the number killed. Never temperament test cats and always give dogs the
benefit of the doubt.
the animals happy: walk the dogs four times per day and the cats twice.
a Trap, Neuter Release (TNR) program for feral cats.
community involvement and enthusiasm. Do not blame the public; ask for
their help to solve the problem.
In conclusion, Oakland can become the
first U.S. city to become 100% “no kill” and one of the first to
become 93% "no kill." If the 93% policy had been in place during
the past year, over 4500 of the 4623 dogs and cats taken into the Oakland
animal shelter would be alive
Please read the full proposal and contact me with any questions.