Sunday, November 20, 2005
We hope she feels the same.We work with a lot of other shelters and rescue groups here at the EBSPCA. We think these kinds of collaborative relationships are critical to our mission and we certainly could not have gotten where we have in Alameda county in terms of lower euthanasia rates without them.
Sometimes it is hard because the rescue folks, mostly volunteers doing this on their own time and dime, want to save them all. They get so disappointed when we can't take a dog they brought or a cat they suggested we look at. They get sad and every so often, mad.
But there is one volunteer we work with that really "gets it". She volunteers with a local "friends of" group near our facilities and we communicate regularly. She not only brings us cats and dogs, but she keeps us informed on local goings on and animal welfare politics in our community and even volunteers at our shot fair. She doesn't just want us to come test their dogs. She wants to know the outcome of the test to ensure unsafe animals aren't being put out in the community.
She also gets the pit bull problem. A pit bull and american bull dog lover, she and her group have been providing vouchers for free and low cost spays and neuters for pit bulls for years now.
She is passionate and dedicated, but not crazy and extremist (like so many others). We value our relationship and we hope she feels the same.