The Palo Alto Humane Society Helped Keep The Municipal Animal Shelter Open
Due to budget cuts, the City of Palo Alto planned to shut down its animal shelter. The Palo Alto Humane Society stepped in and helped convince the city to keep the shelter open.
Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) August 03, 2012
Located in Menlo Park, CA, Palo Alto Humane Society has been helping to reduce the suffering of animals while raising public awareness for more than a century. The non-profit organization provides advocacy, humane education, and intervention on behalf of animals. Most recently, the society helped keep the City of Palo Alto from closing its animal shelter. By doing so, the Palo Alto Humane Society kept countless homeless animals from being moved to much more crowded shelters in other cities.
The Palo Alto Humane Society achieved this goal by presenting a set of proposals to the city to help with much needed deficit reduction. Working closely with citizens and city representatives, the Palo Alto Humane Society drafted a detailed set of proposals that were crucial to keeping the local animal shelter open. As Council member Sid Espinosa says, "we have contentious issues, and we take up debate every week. But rarely have I seen an organization come forward with a comprehensive set of ideas like that."
The proposals set forth by the Palo Alto Humane Society included specific suggestions for cutting expenditures as well as raising revenues. These suggestions included detailed cost-analyses of various shelter functions, giving the city council a new perspective on ways to save money on the city budget without closing the animal shelter and low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
The Palo Alto Humane Society felt obligated to draft these proposals as part of its historic role in speaking for the animals. Without the intervention of the organization, the city would have closed the local shelter, forcing the animals into worse conditions. Thanks to the tireless support of the organization's members and volunteers, the Palo Alto Humane Society was able to work with the city council to find a solution that benefited both the city and its animal population.
About the company:
The Palo Alto Humane Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer-supported organization. PAHS is one of the few humane societies nationwide with no animal shelter. Instead of managing animals inside a shelter, we work to keep animals out of the shelter through humane programs in intervention, advocacy, and education. For a century, our mission has been to alleviate the suffering of animals, increase public sensitivity to animal issues, and elevate the status of animals in our society. PAHS depends on Humane Society Donations and Humane Society Volunteers from residents of Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton. For more information visit their website at paloaltohumanesociety.net.
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