By now you’ve probably heard that San Diego County will no longer provide animal services to its six contract cities: Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach. The current contract terms will expire on June 30, 2018, which means 20,000 homeless animals could find themselves without a place to go as of July 1, 2018. The thought of this is as alarming to me as it is to you.
When approached with the opportunity to take on these contracts a year ago, we were honored to be considered. We believe we’re exceptionally qualified to protect animals and serve as a safety net for pet families in San Diego County, and we’re ready to do it. We can enhance services for people and animals by adding programs like advanced veterinary care, behavior modification, and emergency medical support, reducing confusion between agencies and expanding hours and coverage. Until now, we haven’t spoken publicly about these contracts because of negotiation requirements with the cities. But it’s time for us to bring you in.
Negotiations are moving forward with the cities but until these contracts are signed, we’re concerned about where the animals will go if the city councils don’t approve the contracts when they’re presented for a vote this spring.
What Can You Do?
We need everyone who loves and cares about animals to write letters and emails to their elected officials. It’s time to get word out that San Diego Humane Society is the right organization to take care of the animals we all care about. It’s up to all of us – animal lovers, volunteers, rescue groups, friends and families – to protect the 45,000 homeless pets that enter San Diego shelters annually. With your willingness to contact elected officials and show up at council meetings, we will ensure these animals receive the care they need and deserve. Your efforts will help local leaders understand the importance of the welfare of animals and the safety of the public, and approve the contracts.
It’s our mission and our duty to keep all animals safe. But we can’t do it without you. On this page, you’ll find tools to help you communicate with elected officials, family, friends and neighbors. Whether you send a letter to your City Councilmember, post about San Diego Humane Society on social media or speak at a City Council hearing, your efforts and show of support will be critical in the Council’s final vote next month. If at any time you have questions or need support, please email us at [email protected].
You’ve always been our biggest advocates, loyal supporters and the most important voice for the animals in our region. You’ve never turned your back on our call for help. I have no doubt that, together, we’ll make certain 20,000 San Diego County animals will have our safety net to catch them this July.
Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO
San Diego Humane Society