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News - February 18, 2022

Palo Alto, Pets In Need vow to pursue new agreement

Both sides express interest in extending relationship after rupture last year

by Gennady Sheyner

Seeking to preserve their relationship after a rancorous split, Palo Alto and its animal services provider, Pets In Need, vowed on Monday to work together on a new deal that would keep the operator in the city beyond this year.

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Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 15, 2022 at 4:09 pm

tmp is a registered user.

I believe that Palo Alto can and should have our own animal services/shelter for our city and surrounding communities. There are still issues to work out in this transition from a city run facility to one run by a private, animal focused non-profit. What services they will provide to the community (spays, neuters, vaccines, licensing, training and education, other?) , which animals they will house and rehome (dogs, cats, rabbits, hens, iguanas, other?), what they will do with injured wildlife, disposition of feral animals and what facilities are necessary to carry out their plans all needs to be worked out.

The main focus of this facility should be on serving the local community's pets and looking out for public safety regarding interactions with pet and wild animals. I personally believe that the release of feral cats is unhealthy for local wildlife, unhealthy for owned pets and unhealthy for people in the community. Given the many diseases they carry, their decimation of local wildlife due to hunting and the damage that dumping large amounts of cat food into environments causes, the keeping and feeding of feral cats should not be encouraged in these negotiations and people that support feral cats should be steered towards solutions that house them in managed enclosed facilities if they are not ill and suffering.

I have faith that the city will come to a good agreement with Pet's in Need that will help our community's pet and wildlife.

Posted by Heckity
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 15, 2022 at 10:51 pm

Heckity is a registered user.

Good work on both sides. But why is one of the three employees responsible for the unnecessary death of seven puppies still employed at PIN?

Comment to tmp above. Just what are the “many diseases” feral cats carry? Scare tactics aren’t useful to this complex issue. And if anyone is thinking rabies, check the California statistics. Not the case, and stray and feral cats that are sterilized are also vaccinated for rabies and other feline-related viruses. That said, no feral cat wants human interaction. So tired of haters.

Posted by K-Mart
a resident of Woodside
on Feb 16, 2022 at 11:47 am

K-Mart is a registered user.

What happened was unfortunate but trying to sabotage someone's lively-hood and asking why someone still has a job for something that wasn't intentional and purely an accident isn't cool. They've all done their "time" and what needed to be done was probably already done in terms of retraining and talking to. Breathing down someone's neck and shaking your fist is a bit much imo. You can stop being a keyboard warrior and take a breather y'know. It sucks what happened but I believe they're doing everything in their power to make things right so that it doesn't happen again and from what I've learned on their history, this is the first and only time that has happened so I think it's safe to assume that they aren't evil. I applaud them for making things right and doing their best to move forward despite all the public malice against them and I feel sorry for the one's getting individually targeted and researched by people who have nothing better to do than be angry. Being empathetic and supportive costs nothing. Maybe I prefer to stay on the positive side and know that things are being improved and getting better.

With feral cats, yeah uh they should get taken care of and placed back in the environment they were in because the population will eventually fade out. They have to go somewhere and I agree with their new plan. People already took up space as it is in rural areas so these cats being in the place they were already at should be fine, not like anyone else is trying to help out or anything. SPCA has a similar Trap and Release program and no one is batting an eye to that. It's gonna be alright. Y'all are so pressed and can't see eye to eye on anything istg.

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