As one among the founders and a driving drive of Mission Valley Animal Shelter for over 30 years, I’m not hopeful about our future.
The drawback of stray canine and canine packs in our space has worsened considerably and MVAS, as a small, privately-operated animal shelter, doesn’t have the facility or funding to be an answer to this drawback alone. Our kennel house is restricted and we’re at or over capability all the time, unable to deal with the massive variety of stray canine, I worry an actual tragedy in the making. Dogs are killing animals, biting kids and attacking individuals.
For a number of years, we’ve got suffered from understaffing at each the animal shelter and the thrift retailer. Currently, we’ve got closed the shelter to the public due to staffing points and are open solely by appointment.
We want dependable workers and volunteers at each amenities however presently particularly at the animal shelter. We principally are working the animal shelter with three longtime workers and that’s not sustainable. The canine and cats in our care require 7 days per week of consideration. Volunteers have all the time been an important a part of our operations and we want them now till the labor market improves.
While we’ve got labored endlessly and efficiently over the years to acquire funding for our operations, we’ve got now reached the level that such funding is inadequate to deal with the escalating drawback of stray canine and doesn’t ship individuals to our doorways who want a job and wish to work with animals. We want dependable individuals to take care of, feed and train the animals and preserve an expert ambiance. We have marketed for assist continuously and raised our beginning hourly charges however for a number of years have failed to seek out certified candidates, if we even have candidates for a job opening.
We are happy with the hundreds and hundreds of canine and cats we’ve got been in a position to assist and to offer with a greater life over 30+ years. If the animal shelter have been to stop operations, the animals and other people in our neighborhood undergo. Is there a possible choice for these animals? What occurs when a tragedy happens due to the stray canine drawback that presently exists?
Unless some individuals in our neighborhood who’re dedicated to our mission step up and are available ahead to assist us clear up our staffing issues, the very existence of the Mission Valley Animal Shelter is in jeopardy.
Please name us at 883-5312 or ship an electronic mail to email@example.com in case you are prepared to assist.
Sharon Hawke is a Mission Valley Animal Shelter Board Member