I was lucky enough to attend the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter and was amazed by the amount of work these volunteers do to find homes for unwanted animals. The Bay Area does not have the pet overpopulation we have here. Volunteers who provided listings on the web and others who transported the animals were able to get 155 dogs adopted in Daly City alone. Thanks to volunteers, Petfinder, an online service to match animals with “forever homes”, has a save rate of 77 percent in our area.
The unprecedented gift of $1.5 million dollars from the Red and Nancy Arnold Foundation for free spays and neuters resulted in nearly 5,000 animals “fixed” in 2013. This has saved the lives of countless litters of kittens and puppies who would have been euthanized had they been born.
TNR: trap, neuter, release — is working wonders in reducing the number of feral animals and now that the surgeries are free everyone can participate.
The FMAS (Friends of the Madera Animal Shelter), along with Kirsten Gross, who heads the county animal shelter, should be praised for the wonderful work they do. They are making a huge impact on animal welfare in our county and in doing so are saving the county and its taxpayers a tremendous amount of money.
Kudos to all of you!
Rochelle M. Noblett
Candidate for Supervisor, District 1