The Oakland Police Department’s Animal Services is sending two of their Animal Control Officers to Butte County to help evacuate and shelter small and large animals displaced by the many fires in the county. They will be stationed at a Red Cross shelter that is temporarily housing both people and their animals. The disaster quickly overwhelmed the capacity of the five Animal Control Officers that cover the region so the State Office of Emergency Service put out a call across the State for 20 Animal Control Officers.
The two Oakland Animal Control Officers, Troy Snell and Robby McKenna, will be leaving for Butte County on Friday morning in an Oakland Animal Control truck. They are scheduled to stay for three to four days. Adam Parascandola, Director of Oakland Animal Services, volunteered after Katrina rescuing animals and has talked with the Officers about what they might encounter.
East Bay Animal Advocates has been a huge help in providing care and obtaining placement for the nearly 500 baby chickens that we impounded in May! Animal Acres in Southern California has agreed to take 200 of them and East Bay Animal Advocates will transport them there on July 5th! Thank you! Please consider donating to East Bay Animal Advocates to help cover the cost of transporting these birds!
The Oakland Animal Shelter would like to thank Pet Food Express for all of their ongoing support! They have provided the Shelter with a wide range of assistance, including financial contributions to the Friends of the Oakland Animal Shelter through their innovative My Mutt’s program, discounts to adopters, lots of donations of food and supplies, and expert help from their wonderful staff. For example, Pet Food Express recently installed large, warehouse shelving in the Shelter’s garage area. This has made it possible for us to convert our current storage area to a room for rabbits and small animals!
We want to acknowledge owners Michael Levy and Mark Witriol for their incredible commitment to helping animal organizations in the community. Special thanks to their staff members, Mike Murray, who has helped us in so many ways and to John, from maintenance, who installed all the shelving (all by himself!) and even made a beautiful cage for our Shelter rabbit – Dusty (see below!)! Thank you!
WONDERFUL NEW SHELVING FROM PET FOOD EXPRESS!
DUSTY’s (the Shelter bunny) NEW, HUGE BEAUTIFUL HOME
Ten employees from the Nutro Dog Food Division of the Mars Company recently spent a day at the Shelter to create an outdoor exercise run for little dogs. Our little dogs can now spend the day outside in the sunshine when they aren’t in the “Smallville”. See the before and after photos below:
Employees from Nutro clear out an area at the Shelter for little dogs.
The Shelter will have new hours beginning June 1st, 2008!!!!
Shelter Hours (beginning June 1st!):
Monday – 12:00-7:00pm
Tuesday – 12:00-7:00pm
Wednesday – 12:00-7:00pm
Thursday – 12:00-8:00pm
Friday – 12:00-4:00pm
Saturday – 12:00-4:00pm
Sunday – 12:00-4:00pm
Oakland Animal Services came to the aid of more than 500 day-old chicks taken into custody at Oakland Airport. The chicks were being transported by the United States Postal Service from a Santa Cruz hatchery to a destination in Washington State on Tuesday, May 13.
The Oakland Airport Postal Service discovered many sick and some dead
chicks among the shipment of five boxes of 106 chicks each – or 530
total – and contacted Oakland Animal Services for assistance; 47 birds
were found dead. The chicks were from Cal Cruz Hatchery in Santa Cruz
and when reaching Oakland airport had already been traveling for over 24
hours before Oakland Animal Services impounded them.
Animal Place, which frequently works with animal control agencies to
help find adoptive homes for farmed animals confiscated in cruelty
cases, is working to help place the chicks. Because the rescued birds
are “broilers”, or chickens raised for meat, they are bred for rapid
growth so they can be slaughtered at six weeks of age.
“Shipping chicks through the postal service is common practice. It is
a given that many will die in route, but the losses are expected and
accepted by industry,” said Adam Parascandola, Oakland Animal Services
director. “These poor chicks were less than a day old before their
nightmarish journey began.”
“It should be illegal to transport any animal through the postal
service, let alone day-old chicks,” said Kim Sturla, Animal Place
director. “This is another example of treating farmed animals as
commodities and not living creatures. If only people knew the suffering
that went into their roasted chicken!”
It is legal to ship young birds through the mail, as long as they are
under 24 hours old when presented for shipping, and delivered to the
receiver within 72 hours. The practice of sending chicks through the
postal service began over 100 years ago, when the first commercial
hatchery in America sent 50 chicks from New Jersey to Illinois in 1892.
Today, millions of chicks are shipped each year through the mail,
without food or water or proper housing, and as a result, large numbers
die before reaching their destination, while many more suffer
unnecessarily. Animal advocates have long condemned the practice, and
although the U.S. Postal Service has instituted modest policy changes,
transport of live animals through the mail remains inhumane and results
in countless deaths each year.
We’ve been working hard to find ways to improve the lives of the animals while they are in our care. Small dogs are often extremely frightened when they come into the Shelter since they are surrounded by much larger and much louder dogs in the kennels. We wanted to find a way to house these little dogs in a new way. So, we found a room to remodel and with the help of multiple volunteers we repainted the room and filled it with comfy furniture and bedding to make “Smallville”. Now, little dogs will live in this room together without cages and away from the noise of the “big dog” kennels. We have already noticed a major change in the behavior of the first small dogs that we’ve placed in this room. They are much less stressed and outgoing!
Lynda Dann (www.lyndadann), artist and Oakland Animal Shelter volunteer, painted each of the Shelter’s animal socializing rooms with themed murals. Dann donated a large amount of her time for this project and the rest of the costs were co-sponsored by Friends of the Oakland Animal Shelter (www.oaklandsanimals.org) and Pet Food Express (www.petfoodexpress.com).
The staff and volunteers of the Oakland Animal Shelter have been making the Shelter warmer and more inviting for visitors. “Many people imagine animal control facilities as dark, depressing institutions and therefore won’t adopt from them” says Oakland Animal Shelter Director Adam Parascandola. “Our goal is to make our Shelter a fun, comfortable destination spot for families to meet all of our adoptable animals. These murals are an important part of this project.”
Lynda Dann has transformed each socializing room to make the visitor feel as if they are standing in the center of a garden, undersea world, and an expansive meadow. Dann says “The first two murals, “Zoe’s Garden”, and “Mr. Zip’s Aquarium, honor the spirits of two treasured cats who saw both myself and my husband through some difficult journeys. The third mural, “Vincent’s Magic Mountains”, celebrates the memory of hikes taken through the years with my late brother and our various family dogs.”
Dann has lived in Oakland for over 23 years and has been a Shelter volunteer for nearly three. Her paintings and artwork depict real or imagined objects one might find in nature. Dann says “This project is very special to me. I wanted to create environments for the cats and dogs by giving them magical imagery as backdrops.”
Oakland Tribune article, http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_8983340
Jarrod Cooper, Oakland Animal Shelter volunteer and players for the Raiders, is featured in the Sacramento Bee this week for his work at the Shelter: http://www.sacbee.com/raiders/story/764231.html. Photo from Sacramento Bee.