Blaming the Indifferent Public for Overcrowded Los Angeles Animal Shelters

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For the editor: I appreciate that the Times has highlighted the crisis at Los Angeles animal shelters, but the media should also report on the role the public plays in creating the calamity.

There are many contributing factors – for example, backyard breeders, unaffordable veterinary services, owners who do not accept pets or restrict certain breeds and sizes, and irresponsible owners who abandon an animal because a child did not get good grades or the child left home.

For the majority of excuses given, there is often a solution. Many shelters have a pantry that provides pet food for owners who may not be able to afford to feed their pets. There are intervention programs that have counselors to try to help people whose pets might need medical attention. There are fundraising sites where owners can solicit donations to help provide any care their pet may need.

Education is the key.

Sherry Brewer, Sherman Oaks

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For the editor: Los Angeles Animal Services is a microcosm of incompetence within our government. Besides essentially providing prison housing for the dogs and food to eat, the employees act like they don’t care.

Animal Services’ conclusion is that they need more adopters and volunteers. No. He must clean up, manage himself like a business and stop pretending to be a victim.

Some ideas: Pay for medical care for adopted dogs. I’m sure this is one of the main reasons for returns. Give credit for the training if that’s a problem. This is another reason why dogs are abandoned.

Train or hire caring staff and ask them to spend time with dogs and walk them. Hire nutritionists or use fresh dog food for their health.

Finally, the city would have to charge huge fees for any purebred dog sold or acquired by a breeder.

I thought of these things within minutes. He’s my number one in the race for mayor.

Anthony Rothman, Los Angeles

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For the editor: As a dog lover, I have a heavy heart reading about the city’s Chesterfield Square shelter. My two beloved dogs (one of whom is now a therapy dog ​​at UCLA Medical Center) both came from the misery of shelter life.

I’m not optimistic that the city will ever prioritize animal welfare, so the only hope for these dogs is that there will be a change of heart and mind about rescue and recovery. ‘adoption.

Yes, adopting a shelter dog may take more patience, time, and practice, but the love, dedication, and gratitude you will get will be worth it. It’s true that saving a dog won’t change the world, but it does change everyone about that dog.

Melissa Klaskin Levy, Los Angeles

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For the editor: As a three-year volunteer at the Port of Los Angeles shelter, I have a few things to add.

We are inundated not only with dogs, but also with cats and small mammals. When I enter the tiny room housing cages stacked with rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, I still hear the unearthly howls of so many dogs suffering in cages all around.

It is a testament to the character of potential adopters that they can meet and adopt a dog under such hellish conditions.

We need additional staff and more volunteers. We need shelters to be open six days a week.

Please adopt – do not shop. Please do all you can to rehabilitate strays before disposing of them in shelters. Please consider hosting pets and please visit our website to see our wish list of items we desperately need.

Jan Bunker, San Pedro

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For the editor: College-bound high school students are usually required to perform community service. Contact local high schools to recruit volunteers, please.

Charlotte Eubanks, Monrovia

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