By June Lavine | February 13, 2016 |
If you are soccer parents and own an animal, would you choose your animal's life over a soccer field? How would your children respond to that? Would they miss their pet?
If your family loves to go to a swim center, would you euthanize your pet in able to do so? Tell your children you first have to stop at the vets before going swimming? Do you see any problem with that?
It frightens me to think that possibly some of you answered yes. Because that is what is happening in Elk Grove!
I appreciate all of these wonderful plans for our community. If it weren't for our animals being killed, I would gladly say, "Yes, let's build them all!"
I would like to think that all of you would say to our City Council "Animal Lives DO Matter! Let's take care of them first."
So many people don't even realize how urgent it is that we have our own animal shelter. Animals are being euthanized at local shelters due to lack of space!
In a petition I noted that the city had been doing nothing to solve this urgent matter. Mayor Gary Davis was upset by my statement. I sent him a letter on January 28, 2016 to explain why I had come to that conclusion. In summary I explained:
I had asked the City in April of 2015 what was being done to get our own animal shelter and was told, that there was no committee assigned to the project and that they were unsure if and when it would take place.
In July of 2015, I asked for some help from Representative Ami Bera's office. They contacted the City on my behalf and then instructed me to call Mayor Davis to speak with him personally regarding this matter.
I left several messages for Mayor Davis, but never received a return call.
Since September of 2015, I have had ongoing conversations with the Deputy City Manager and was told that no locations were found that were suitable for an animal shelter.
When I asked for updates some time later, I was told that they were going to look for city owned properties only, but at that time, there were none.
Finally, from the progress reported to the City Council on January 13, 2016, staff was evaluating City owned property on Iron Rock Way and Union Park Way.
This property was previously identified as a potential animal shelter in the original master plan!
A year later and we have gone full circle and must now wait several more months so staff may further study, plan, re-evaluate, refine and update, more meetings, more site plans and finalize budgets!
I absolutely love animals! It breaks my heart that the lives of innocent animals are being taken so lightly and from what I see, absolutely no sense of urgency.
I would also like to address the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce. I believe you have an obligations to see that our City is the very best it can be. As well as taking excellent care of your customers, loyalty to each other, you also have responsibility for those who cannot speak for themselves.
I am asking each and every one of you to read, sign and share the attached petition.
We must let our City leaders know that Animal Lives Matter!
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" ~Gandhi
An online petition on Change.org for those supporting the establishment of an animal shelter in Elk Grove can be signed here.
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