Press Release from the Mayor’s Office Regarding Shut Down
OAKLAND ANIMAL SHELTER WILL NOT CLOSE DURING CITY’S MANDATORY BUSINESS CLOSURE
Oakland, CA — Mayor Ron Dellums announced today that the Oakland Animal Shelter will be exempt from part of the mandatory business closure scheduled for December 24, 2008 through January 5, 2009 to protect the welfare of animals and the community.
“It was always our intent to maintain staffing of the Oakland Animal Shelter during the mandatory business closures so that neither the animals in our care nor our community would suffer,” said Mayor Dellums. “Still, I applaud staff and the animal welfare community for coming together to arrive at a creative solution that balances the need to sustain the vital services provided by the Oakland Animal Shelter with the economic reality that we must cut costs to close a $37 million budget deficit.”
The Oakland Animal Shelter will remain open as usual on the two weekends during this holiday closure period, as well as Monday, December 29 – Wednesday, December 31, 2008, when other City facilities are closed. The Oakland Animal Shelter will close on all the remaining, regularly scheduled mandatory business closure days in 2009, and may close on an additional three (3) Fridays spread out over the remainder of the fiscal year (through June 30, 2009).
Oakland Animal Shelter Schedule During Citywide Business Closure
Open or Closed
Reason for Closure
Citywide Mandatory Business Closure
Citywide Mandatory Business Closure
“This is really a win-win solution,” said Adam Parascandola, Director of the Oakland Animal Shelter. “We are grateful to the many animal welfare and advocacy organizations as well as community members who have committed their support and resources to help us through this difficult period and ensure that animals don’t needlessly suffer the ravages of the economic crisis the City is facing. I am pleased that we will be fully operational on all the days we are open during the holiday period.”
Times are tuff! Sometimes bad things happen to really great dogs. The recent housing crisis means some families are being forced to give up their lovely dogs – many of them pit bulls.
To help this new influx of out-of-luck dogs, Oakland Animal Services, in cooperation with BAD RAP, is eliminating the adoption fee of pit bulls and pit bull mixes for the months of November and December!
To be eligible for the $1 promotion, adopters must:
1. Fill out a questionnaire
2. Attend an orientation (see below)
3. Agree to a Home Visit
4. Attend one training class
5. Get their “coupon” signed off / approved
ORIENTATIONS will be held at OAS Every Thursday evening in November / December from 6:30-8pm. RSVP at OAS or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are welcome to attend to learn more about owning a pit bull.
Rabbits in their new home at the Oakland Zoo:
OAS is working with the Oakland Children’s Zoo to educate the public about rabbits. The recently renovated Zoo has a very large “bunny” habitat. The area is located on a hill and has a large amount of space for them to burrow and an indoor unit for night time housing. OAS has many rabbits and will be providing 8 to 10 spayed/neutered bunnies to the Zoo to live in this beautiful enclosure. The Zoo will post information about OAS and encourage people to adopt a bunny from the Shelter rather than getting one from a breeder. The enclosure contains signage about what pet bunnies need, including lots of space, toys, and dietary requirements. The Zoo has also offered to allow OAS staff/volunteers to provide “rabbit care” workshops at the Zoo on a regular basis.
OAS will be sending 11 bunnies to the Zoo. Nine of these bunnies were stray rabbits that were captured by Oakland Animal Shelter volunteers at Laney College in Oakland. They will all get a chance to live together again at the Zoo. Here is a photo of them before being captured:
Treats and Tricks – Halloween Celebration at the Oakland Animal Shelter
Saturday, October 25th from 12-4pm
Fundraiser for Friends of the Oakland Animal Shelter
-Halloween Photographs of Your Animal(s)
Bring your own costume or choose from among an entire selection donated by Pet Food Express.
$15 donation to the Friends of the Oakland Animal Shelter
(Your pets should be secured on a leash or in a carrier)
-Tricks by BAD RAP Ambassadogs at 2pm
-Bring treats to give to the animals
-Dogs like dog biscuits without food coloring and Kongs!
-Cats like toys and balls (not cat nip please)
-Rabbits like veggies
-Tour of the Shelter at 3pm
Download poster here: halloweenposter
This weekend a US Fish and Game Department employee came to visit the Shelter with her dog “Cooper” who she had adopted from the Oakland Animal Shelter in 2006. She trained “Cooper” as a detection dog to detect the transport of illegal wildlife. He was then accepted into the US Fish and Game Department detection program!
This three month old, fluffy, very adorable puppy was brought in today. At first, she looked like a very old dog but then we examined her more closely and found that she still has her baby teeth. She’s just had a rough little ife and it shows. Someone had wrapped a rubber band around her ear and her tail is broken. We removed the rubber band and cleaned the wound and it looks like her ear will be saved. Now, we just need to get her groomed!
Sophie, a pit bull that Oakland Animal Services rescued over a year ago and that BAD RAP took into their program, came back to the Shelter today for a visit! It was so incredible to see her. When she originally came to OAS, she was missing a lot of her fur, had hanging nipples from having had so many puppies, one of her eyes was atrophied, most of her left ear was gone, and she was covered in scars. Despite her obvious life of suffering, Sophie was still a happy girl and shared her affection with everyone at the Shelter. BAD RAP met her and fell in love with her too. She’s now been adopted and spends her days with her new adopted mother at work! What a wonderful life. She looks fantastic and is so happy and content! Thank you BAD RAP and her new people!