New budget spells cuts for Palo Alto animal services
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on Jun 19, 2012
Higher water rates, a Fire Department with fewer firefighters, a host of fee increases and an animal-services operation trembling under the budget ax are some of the most prominent features of the 2013 budget that Palo Alto officials unanimously approved Monday night.
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posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 12:18 AM
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Posted by Scottie Zimmerman
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm
Hello "michelle," Being as ill informed as you are, I can understand why you use a phony name. I'd be embarrassed, too.
First, with regard to Mountain View. I read the 22-page report, written by their Chief of Police, Scott Vermeer, which describes their detailed comparison of PAAS to SVACA. As I told Chief Vermeer in an email, I thought the report was fair in describing differences in service between PAAS and SVACA -- with one error (on page 19) regarding SVACA's willingness to accept owner-surrendered animals. Mountain View is opting to go with SVACA because they believe they'll save money by outsourcing. Palo Alto, after reviewing its options with SVACA, voted NOT to outsource, fearing a significant decline in the quality of service (response times, number of services provided, etc) for Palo Alto's animals, pets and wildlife.
Second, Bonnie Yoffee does not "run the shelter." You are being absurd. Bonnie Yoffee is acknowledged to be one of the best vets in the state. It was after her arrival at PAAS that we began to provide medical attention to injured strays so they could heal, recover, and go up for adoption. Earlier policies had resulted in almost certain euthanasia if a cat or dog came in with a broken leg. Bonnie also improved protocols for the care of animals who are recovering from surgery. She works long hours, always with a quiet, friendly demeanor. Recently I was at the shelter on "vaccination day." People were waiting in line to get low-cost vaccinations for their pets. One young man out front had left his dog, a Siberian Husky, in his car. He was waiting for someone to come to the parking lot to administer a vaccination to his dog. I had my doubts, but sure enough, Bonnie and Leslie (a vet tech) came out, hustled to the car, and vaccinated the Husky. I spoke up, surprised, and Bonnie responded with a chuckle, "Oh yeah, we give curb service." It's just part of her job. Like ALL the employees at PAAS, Bonnie works hard, loves her work, collaborates with others to improve processes, is passionate about animal welfare, and never complains.
Diane Pearson was terrific at publicizing "Pet of the Week" and offering advice to pet owners. She stopped submitting articles to the PA Weekly because their editor at the time decided not to continue publicizing animals up for adoption. Currently Cody Macartney writes a Pet of the Week column for the Los Altos Town Crier, and he produces wonderful videos for posting on YouTube, showing various animals up for adoption at PAAS. Cody does this along with his regular duties as an Animal Control Officer. Self-motivated and self-taught, he figured out how to use his iPhone to produce videos, add titles and a sound track, and show off the goofy charms of our cats & dogs waiting for new homes.
Full Disclosure, "michelle": I am a long-time volunteer at PAAS. I'm one of the "citizens' group" that's fighting to save the shelter. I read city government reports, I read City Council agendas, and I attend City Council meetings. In other words, I make an effort to learn the facts. You should try it sometime.