Because of the incredible volume of calls demanding change at Multnomah County Animal Services, Gimme Shelter Portland has had the opportunity to embark on yet another round of meetings with Multnomah County Commissioners, aides and the MCAS Director and Development Coordinator.
Our message to them:
There is widespread citizen dissatisfaction with Multnomah County Animal Services. The resulting public outcry for CHANGE is loud and will only get louder. We will not give up, we will not go away until our community has a modern public animal services agency which ends the killing of all healthy, treatable and manageable dogs and cats.
Citizens want CHANGE and they want it today. We will not be satisfied with a feasibility study or long range plan for a new shelter. CHANGE does not require a new building or more money. CHANGE involves a new model and new leadership.
In the course of our meeting with Commission Chair Jeff Cogen, we were happy to hear him express his 100% agreement with our goals to develop a stable, sustainable source of funding, improve performance and end the killing. We were asked to collaborate with his office and MCAS to achieve these mutual goals.
Gimme Shelter Portland will be communicating with both the Chair and MCAS leadership to make immediate, short and long term recommendations to replace Multnomah County Animal Services.
Watch this blog for progress reports!