- Posted November 23, 2011 by
San Bernardino, California
Animal Abuse at the Devore animal shelter
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Hours of Operation:
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
from the facebook post by: Operation Blankets of Love.
My observation from Devore. Not one cage had a blanket or any comfort item except mother dogs and her pups. They were miserable and so uncomfortable laying or sitting there.
Met with the head of shelter Doug Smith for 35 minutes and got a tour of the shelter. He does not allow blankets in any of the cells including the cats that were on newspaper. His reasoning was the dogs "could ingest the blanket" and the other excuse was "the blankets could get caught in the drains and cause problems of backed up feces." He also commented," the more negative comments I get the better, I like getting them because then more people will come in to adopt them" I said, The animals should suffer so you can get negative publicity? How about doing something positive to get the dogs and cats adopted? He did not like my answer. He said that the new platforms they have are soft and comfortable. He showed me one and it is as hard as a piece of cement. I hurt my hand tapping it it was so hard. While I was there I even showed him our clip on NBC LA Today Show how comfort with a blanket or soft item for dogs and cats can make the difference of them being adopted. They become relaxed, feel safe and secure, happier and it reminds the potential adopter of their home environment. Those are getting adopted which saves lives. It still did not change his mind and kept repeating he is not doing anything wrong at his shelter. He just does not believe in having comfort for these poor babies.He does not believe in having volunteers not one at the shelter. I could not believe it. How strange is that? These are the highlights. We must get the message out there to make sure these animals get comfort so abused, neglected, abandoned, and pups,senior dogs do not have to sit, lie, or sleep on a hard cement floor. And cats on newspaper which is on top of a wired cage which is not comfortable either.
Does anyone have contacts to get this story out on the new on TV or print.
Please help us help them NOW!!