I just got the feedback that with all the animal rescue networking on our Facebook page, it looks like that is Central California Pets Alive’s whole purpose. It’s not. There are 6 dogs left in our Facebook album of some of those currently in need, but there are hundreds more dogs and cats at Stockton Animal Services, and the only way to save every healthy and treatable animal is through a change in leadership and systemic reform: implementing the No Kill Equation.
Stockton’s Mayor and City Council, elected officials one and all, have known about the illegal killing for months, and none of them have done a thing to stop it. Stockton PD did an investigation and the killing continues while that report wends its leisurely way through the uncaring bureaucracy. We still need to advocate for the real and systemic change that’s needed. But the ones there now need us, too.
So what can you do? Spread the word. Tell everyone you know what’s happening at Stockton Animal Services, and tell them about Central California Pets Alive and that we are working to reform the pound and make it a real shelter.
Call or email Stockton’s mayor and your city council member–again. Email the Chief of Police at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him that animals are being killed unnecessarily while we wait for action.
And help the animals directly, too, by fostering or helping to find fosters, by donating or by adopting, by going to the pound and taking photos, especially in the back “stray hold” area, and by challenging that locked door between the adoptables and stray hold areas.
We need systemic change now, and the animals need us now. We can’t choose one or the other, so we’re trying to do it all.