Charlie had a horrific stay at the Long Beach Animal Care Services shelter and was killed because of a "behavioral" issue that LBACS itself caused. These facts come directly from LBACS' shelter records.
This should not be happening in a city as animal-friendly as Long Beach. We know there is NO way the good people of Long Beach would ever want animals to suffer at our animal shelter the way Charlie did.
The auditor knows about cases like Charlie - this slide is part of the PowerPoint presentation we gave to the (non-No Kill) shelter consultants the City hired.
Long Beach needs a strong adoption program at LBACS. It's not rocket science.
It's just the right thing to do.
How has the City's/Mayor Garcia's plan to increase adoptions by passing almost all adoptions over to SpcaLA worked? The graph below shows that since SpcaLA started processing the majority of adoptions at LBACS, the number of adoptions processed by LBACS has actually DECREASED. With a "friend" helping them, they should at least be doing as many adoptions as they were before, with the added benefit of a few more adoptions being done because of SpcaLA's help.
With SpcaLA using "boutique-style" adoption policies that cherry-pick homes and impose unreasonable requirements on the public, adoptions at LBACS are still dismally low.
A robust adoption program is not expensive. Lives could be saved by instituting even the small change of shifting the open hours of the shelter to 11:30 - 7:30 so people can go to the shelter to adopt after work.
But LBACS continues to resist because of political pressure from SpcaLA (we were told this by LBACS manager Ted Stevens early in our advocacy). The pressure point? To let SpcaLA be the adoption portal and leave the rest over at LBACS to languish in cages with a weak, poorly-managed, half-hearted adoption program that fails them repeatedly.
This is the "unique" partnership we have in Long Beach. It's unique because it's a mega-million, big box private "non-profit" tail wagging the city's dog with disastrous consequences for our shelter animals.
Find your voice, Long Beach. Go to City Council and demand the (often low-cost) changes and commitment that other cities have made to reach No Kill.
Our shelter animals need YOU to be their voice.
An initiative to make Long Beach a No Kill community.