Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Poor Baby Velvet - Let's all pitch in and save her.
THIS IS HEARTBREAKING AND WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS.
CAN'T SOMEONE STEP UP TO HELP SAVE THIS GIRL. ALL HER PROBLEMS ARE TREATABLE AND SHOULD NOT BE HER DEATH SENTENCE. I OFFERED A DONATION AND HELP WITH MEDS, WILL SOMEONE ELSE OFFER MORE ASSISTANCE AFTER SHE IS OUT OF THE SHELTER???
SAD AND PATHETIC DOES NOT EVEN DESCRIBE HOW SHE LOOKS, WE HAVE SAVED DOGS IN WORSE CONDITION THAN VELVET AND THEY LIVED. I WILL ADD TO HER DONATIONS AND MAKE MY TOTAL $500.00, ANYONE OUT THERE WILLING TO ADD TO THIS.
NOW SHE HAS AT LEAST $1,000 TOWARD HER CARE. LET'S WORK THIS PLEASE.
PS-PERSONALLY I AM NOT OPPOSED TO MY DONATION GOING TO A GROUP OUT OF THE AREA IF SHE GETS THE HELP SHE NEEDS.
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:31:18 -0700
Subject: LA, CA: NO RESCUE INTEREST IN VELVET AT SLA. NEED TO LET HER GO... STAFFIE/MASTIFF : A1042633
The sad plight of Velvet, the staffie/mastiff left-behind mom at SLA, has touched so many kind and generous people.
We have $550 in pledges plus the possibility of more to help cover her medical costs as long as she is bailed by a rescue group approved by the donor.
However so far there has been no rescue interest in her, and without that it is not fair to keep her alive when she is suffering in the hope that someone may come forward...or may not.
Velvet has a painful corneal ulcer, bite wounds and a cough which will only get worse in the shelter because so many animals come in sick, and they infect the others.
People always say "we can't save them all," and of course that's true. It's just that some dogs' lives of neglect and abuse permeates every cell of their being; it's written all over them. And those are the most heartbreaking and difficult to see. Velvet is one of those dogs.
I keep thinking about her: too terrified to walk and being wheeled in a rolling cart into the "bump room" where euthanasia waits behind a curtain
Unfortunately until people start accepting responsibility for their "pets", get them spayed and neutered, and are cited and fined if they don't, this is going to keep happening over and over and over.
I want to stress that none of this is the fault of the rank-and-file staff at LAAS. Already understaffed, the hiring freeze has put an extraordinary burden on them as more animals than ever flood into the shelters due to the economic recession. Coupled with cuts which have decimated the medical budget, the demands on the kennel staff, animal control officers in the field, and the veterinary staff is becoming untenable.
I am respectfully you NOT to call to put an IP on Velvet UNLESS you plan to bail her today, Wednesday. It just means another dog will be euthanized instead and will only prolong Velvet's suffering.
However, if you can genuinely get her out today--not tomorrow, and not for spurious reasons--then by all means contact the shelter.
The donations will only go to qualified rescue groups. That means a rescuer who won't send her to Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Canada, down south, to the east coast, the midwest, or some questionable "sanctuary" you haven't visited.
IF YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO DONATE, EMAIL ME AS I'M KEEPING TRACK OF THE PLEDGES.
Velvet's impound number is A1042633. she is a 3-year old staffie/mastiff mix and is not yet neutered. She is in ISO at the South LA shelter.
Tomika Johnson, SLA New Hope Coordinator:
Kennel Supervisors' office: 213-473-4378
SLA direct lines: 213-485-0117, 0119
(Please get the name of the person you talk to.)