Today there will be a cat adoption event at City Hall -- Mayor Garcia bills it as Kitty Hall. Local media are reporting that a TV film crew from a PBS television show will be filming there today, no doubt at Garcia's request in an attempt to deflect the criticism levied against him by animal advocates in Long Beach for the Long Beach shelter's dismally low adoption numbers.
While we could not be happier for all the cats who are saved at Kitty Hall, it is clear Mayor Garcia is doing it for himself, and the publicity PBS will give him, and not for the cats.
Because if Mayor Garcia truly cared about cats, he would do more. Indeed, the animals and good people of Long Beach deserve more than what Mayor Garcia is willing to give them. LBACS has done 285 adoptions this year (compared to Sacramento's 2,274) and the Mayor has stonewalled more lifesaving at every turn.
The only thing Mayor Garcia has ever done is two Kitty Hall events in two years that have saved about 53 cats total, while LBACS has killed more than 6,000 animals since Mayor Garcia was elected.
And now PBS is a pawn in Garcia's reelection campaign.
Because this much is clear: if he gets reelected, he'll once again turn his back on the cats (dogs, and other animals) being slaughtered under his watch by the thousands - unless people speak out.
Kitty Hall will happen from 11-3 at 333 W. Ocean Blvd today. Adoptions are $20. Please go and save a life. LBACS is still one of the worst possible places for an animal to be in Long Beach.
We hope that having a third isolated experience with an adoption event -- when offsite adoption events should be the norm and happening at a much, much greater rate -- will help Mayor Garcia see that adoptions to the loving people of Long Beach are the best way to increase the save rate at our shelter.
But hoping isn't a plan. We urge people to continue to speak out about what is happening to our shelter animals.
The animals need YOU to be their voice.
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