On the Ch. 2 news tonight Diane Hallmark at Clackamas County Animal Control stated that the shelter was closed on the 4th due to lack of money and staff. Tired, weak excuses do not help the animals. What are county shelters funded for if not to provide shelter and care for animals who have lost their people? Is there any day of the year when more animals are displaced than the Fourth of July? I would like to suggest some solutions to Clackamas County and all county shelters that close their doors on this most important day:
1) Look at your annual statistics. Pick the slowest day of the year for lost animal intakes. Close that day instead.
2) Work with local animal rescue groups to arrange for volunteers to come in that day/night and run the shelter. There is an entire year to prepare.
3) If there are more animals than space, set up a temporary shelter the same way animal rescue groups do during disasters. Again, there is an entire year to prepare.
4) Stop making excuses and start creating solutions.