Thursday, June 5, 2008

Report on the June 12 meeting of the Commission on Animal Control and Welfare: 5:30, Room 408, City Hall. NOTE: The commission acts as the "eyes and ears of the Board of Supervisors regarding animal issues" and welcomes participation by the public.

The upshot of the Commission on Animal Welfare meeting is that the Commission claims that, after consulting with the deputy City Attorney, they do not have any jurisdiction over the policies of a private organization. We did connect with Sargent Herndon, from the SF police, who said he was involved when ACC & the SF/SPCA made their Adoption Pact in 1994 for Maddie's to take "all adoptable animals" from ACC. He said one way to affect change would be to learn exactly what the pact is and to see if the SPCA is violating it. The Commission was for the most part very sympathetic about our concern, and several members approached us during breaks in the proceedings to listen to our concerns and to take Press Packets. The Cat Crusaders were at the meeting, and after the Chair limited the topics of public comment to areas over which the Commission has clear jurisdiction, we all tried to adjust the thrust of our concerns to focus on the idea that SF has always been considered no-kill, and that it hurts animals, people, & the City's reputation to change this practice. Several commissioners suggested we lobby to make "no-kill" SF's official policy for all shelters, but that until such time as a City ordinance to that effect is enacted, the Commission claims to be powerless to help in any official capacity. We did succeed in getting the word out to many dog people who will continue to spread the word. We are now at a divergent crossroads, and we have to decide how much energy we are going to put towards fixing the SPCA while building a new HDP.

Thanks to Gillian Ladd for leading this effort!

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Anonymous said...

Dear Gillian/Tom Ryan,
Thank you for your efforts to save the HDP. It is a major mistake to get into the no-kill vs low-kill debate of the SF/SPCA's. Let the cat people get into that politically charged issue and try to fix the SF/SPCA with the commission and with the pact with ACC. It only distracts the mission of resurrecting the HDP as a separate entity away from the auspices of the SF/SPCA. We must step up the pressure on the BOD and internal supporters within the SF/SPCA to account for the bequest money people like Dr. Suzy Atwell left the program. I am trying to get a listing of BOD addresses, as I wish to inform each and every one of them that I had wished to sponsor the June '08 HDP graduating class with a $3,000 donation, which would have graduated this Saturday, btw, only now I can't since the program theoretically doesn't exist anymore. This Saturday would be good for a mock graduation/rally just to keep the momentum going. At this point, gathering funds, resources and strength for Glenn and Martha is the only reasonable course of action. The SF/SPCA is on a collision course, and the farther away the Hearing Dog Program it is when they finally implode the better.
All the best & keep the faith,
Former HDP Employee

Anonymous said...

I agree and wondering what is planned in the near future. I have been told to wait and be patient. Is that still the word? Has anything transpired in the last month? The wait is running a short course with me. I have waited to learn of an account to donate to. Any leads appreciated. TYVM