The 2020 Friends of Oakland Animal Services Year in Review is now available!
We want to share this letter from the Board of Directors of the Friends of Oakland Animal Services (FOAS) to the Board of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) regarding the recent shooting of cats at Shoreline Park. Upon learning of the incident, Oakland Animal Services (OAS), along with sister municipal shelters in the cities bordering EBRPD, requested that EBRPD allow the shelters, or local rescue organizations, to humanely trap and relocate cats as needed. EBRPD agreed, along with temporarily suspending shooting cats in their parks.
Take Action to Save Cats:
The EBRPD Board of Directors will be holding a meeting on December 15–your comments on this policy change are needed! Please encourage the Board of Directors to permanently end the shooting of feral and abandoned cats and opt for humane removal and relocation. With the broad network of local organizations offering to assist EBRPD in protecting cats, birds, and all sensitive wildlife by humanely relocating cats, there can be no instance where the killing of cats could ever be justified.
- Via email to Yolande Barial Knight, Clerk of the Board, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email must contain in the subject line “public comments – not on the agenda”. It is preferred that these written comments be submitted by Monday, December 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm.
- Via voicemail at (510) 544-2016. The caller must start the message by stating “public comments – not on the agenda” followed by their name and place of residence, followed by their comments. It is preferred that these voicemail comments be submitted by Monday, December 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm.
- Live via zoom. If you would like to make a live public comment during the meeting this option is available through the virtual meeting platform: https://zoom.us/j/96030696171
*Note that this virtual meeting platform link will let you into the virtual meeting for the purpose of providing a public comment. If you do not intend to make a public comment please use the YouTube link at: https://youtu.be/wrgapHr_Jtg to observe the meeting. It is preferred that those requesting to speak during the meeting contact the Clerk of the Board at email@example.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, December 14, 2020 via email or voicemail (510) 544-2016 to provide name and the subject of the public comment or item to be addressed.
And if you haven’t already, please sign the change.org petition that was created asking the EBRPD to stop shooting cats.
Thanks to everyone who reached out to advocate for a humane policy. OAS is currently assisting with relocation of cats from Shoreline Park. Please email to help!
To: The Board of Directors of the East Bay Regional Parks District
We, the Board of Directors of the Friends of Oakland Animal Services, were horrified to learn that the East Bay Regional Park District has been shooting feral and abandoned cats. While we agree that fragile ecosystems must be protected, this violent lethal method is not effective or humane.
From recent reports, we are aware that local animal organizations and shelters, including Oakland Animal Services, have requested a meeting with the District General Manager to assist with humane trapping and relocation of cats that endanger these ecosystems. We encourage park leaders to take these offers of partnership and work together to tackle this problem.
Additionally, to you the Board of Directors, we are asking that the District:
- commit to permanently discontinue this inhumane practice of shooting feral and abandoned cats;
- reach out to the community, experts at local shelters, and animal welfare organizations for assistance in humane removal and relocation, now and in the future;
- install signage at park entrances and key locations to discourage the abandonment of cats and other pets, and include contact information for local shelters and resources.
If we can assist with any of these requests, including paying for signage, please contact us at .
Friends of Oakland Animal Services Board of Directors:
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Are you a team player who enjoys working with animals and people? The Friends of Oakland Animal Services is adding to their team! FOAS is looking for an Outcome Team Associate to help facilitate adoptions of animals from Oakland Animal Services, provide support to the rabbit foster program, and provide support to members of the Outcome Team. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 13.
The Spay/Neuter Program Coordinator is a key role in the day-to-day operations of Friends of Oakland Animal Services’ (FOAS) free spay/neuter program. You’ll be our main point of contact with Oakland residents wishing to participate in the program, ensuring that appointment and voucher requests are handled promptly, keeping detailed records in our database, and being on-site to oversee our monthly events. Bilingual English and Spanish speaking and writing ability are a must. There is also an opportunity for additional hours managing FOAS donor data entry, acknowledgements, and mail support.
Apply by September 10: More details and how to apply
A special message from OAS Director Ann Dunn:
I think everyone understands that the shelter is a stressful place for animals, but the sad reality is that a dog who is shut down or seems aggressive in a shelter, or who has some behavioral issues, is unlikely to be given a chance.
Before becoming OAS Director earlier this year, I founded and ran Cat Town, a cat rescue organization with a mission to help OAS cats who are at-risk for euthanasia because they are too scared in the shelter environment to show their true personality. I was told back then that the cats we set out to help were “unadoptable.”
By getting scared cats into an environment where they feel safe, so potential adopters can see their true personalities shine through, Cat Town helped increase the save rate for cats at OAS from 58% in 2011 to over 90% today.
Knowing that there are so many parallels to dogs, one of the first things I did after starting at OAS was to reach out to FOAS to help me create a targeted foster program especially for dogs who aren’t doing well in the shelter and just need an opportunity in a foster home to thrive and become adopted.
- Our new foster initiative for these dogs in need of special assistance gets them out of the shelter and into the homes of one of our more than 350 Oakland foster families, as quickly as possible. But that’s just the beginning.
- We support our foster families with supplies, classes, and individualized support from professional dog trainers.
- We oversee doggie play groups at the shelter, an important behavior training opportunity for both fearful and aggressive dogs.
- Our “canine good citizen” approach focuses on improving a dog’s behavior, and the support provided to fosters and adopters means they can take a chance on a “dog in progress,” knowing they won’t be stuck without support in a challenging situation.
FOAS has set a goal of raising $10,000 to help dogs once deemed unadoptable. Please, give today to support our Dog Days of Summer campaign, which will help make our shelter’s visionary program a reality for all of our dogs in need. Thank you!
Friends of Oakland Animal Services (FOAS) is hiring for two positions operating out of Oakland Animal Services: Foster Coordinator (primarily for kittens and cats) and Feral Cat Coordinator. These are both half-time (20 hour/week) positions. Depending on experience and availability of interested candidates, FOAS is open to hiring one full-time staff person to fill both roles.
Please note there is currently a half-time staff member who serves as a support to the foster program.
In your cover letter, please clearly specify whether you are interested in one or both roles. Please also indicate your general willingness to consider a half- or full-time position. Applications must be submitted by July 20.
Friends of Oakland Animal Services supporters have shown what the power of community is all about. Thanks to YOU, we have raised $15,000 to support our shelter’s sweeping foster and emergency relief measures during this unprecented time. Because of your show of support, we have committed to raising an additional $5,000 for Oakland Animal Services–and today, there is a matching gift opportunity that, with your help, will get us to our $20,000 goal even faster!
GoFundMe Charity is making $1,000 match grants to nonprofits like FOAS who raise $1,000 for their COVID-19 related relief campaigns now through May 10. Here’s how you can help!:
1) Spread the word! Share the link to our campaign (charity.gofundme.com/o/en/
2)If you have the capacity at this time, consider making another gift to help us take advantage of this matching gift opportunity! That’s $1,000 extra dollars to support Oakland Animal Services’ massive foster care effort as they continue to provide a safe landing for every stray, abused, and homeless animal who arrives at the shelter doors, even during this challenging time of shelter-in-place.
Thank you so much for your gift–and for helping us spread the word about this special double your dollar opportunity!
We are blown away by the power of this community. In less than 24 hours, YOU helped Friends of Oakland Animal Services raise more than $10,000 to support our unprecedented foster-care initiative and COVID-19 crisis relief work.
Now, can you help us spread the word? Due to the ongoing nature of this crisis, and to the unique role that OAS is playing with City and County agencies to provide care and shelter for the animals of unhoused residents with COVID-19, we are raising our fundraising goal to $15,000.
Your donation will make the difference for Oakland’s animals in need in the weeks to come. Now, can you help us again by spreading the word about our campaign. Share our campaign website with your friends and contacts on social media, via email, or text–here’s the link:
Oakland is a strong community. With your help, we are setting a model for animal sheltering crisis relief for the entire nation. Thank you for all you do, as a true friend to Oakland’s animals.