SAVE UPLAND ANIMAL SHELTER!
Due to financial challenges within the City of Upland, Upland Animal Services' budget was cut drastically on July 27, 2015. This represents a 41% reduction over last year’s budget.
Friends of Upland Animal Shelter is initiating a major fundraising program to ensure that this cut does not negatively affect the quality of care of homeless pets awaiting their forever homes at the shelter.
Without additional funding, this cut will cause significant impacts to Upland Animal Services' ability to care for animals taken into the shelter, retain and hire quality animal control personnel and shelter staff, keep volunteers and community partners, and maintain the service levels that citizens of Upland and nearby communities have come to value.
The City has said that shelter hours could be reduced and staff could be laid off as early as October. However, these changes would only account for a part of the total reduction and more will be necessary.
Since opening in its current location in 2010, the shelter has consistently been underfunded and operates at an incredibly low net cost of approximately $500,000 per year. For example, kennels are primarily cleaned by individuals on work release on most days. While the shelter is grateful for the help, this arrangement has some serious drawbacks. One is that having a "revolving door" of different, untrained kennel attendants each day means animals are at a higher risk for spread of disease. Another is that on some days, no work release individuals are assigned to the shelter. On those days, shelter staff are diverted away from their primary roles to instead clean kennels, which means other services, programs, and initiatives suffer.
Despite these challenges, the shelter has high adoption rates and low euthanasia rates. In 2007, 680 animals were adopted and 635 were euthanized. This represented a 47% euthanasia rate. Contrast this with 2014 where 1416 animals were adopted and 416 were euthanized. The euthanasia rate was reduced to 23%. The statistical difference is astounding, and the lives saved are real. We want to see this progress continue!
However, cutting almost half the budget will devastate this progress and ultimately result in the deaths of healthy, adoptable pets. We need your help to avoid this intolerable and unbearable outcome.
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Our goal is to raise enough money to create a sustainable revenue stream to maintain and improve the current adoption rates and service level within the community, while further lowering the euthanasia rate. In addition, new programs such as sponsoring spaying/neutering and TNR (Trap, Neuter & Release) need to be developed and implemented to minimize the number of animals entering the shelter each year.
We sincerely thank everyone who came out to support the shelter at the recent rally and voice their concerns at the City Council meeting on July 27. We also thank those who have found us on Facebook and have expressed their support from afar. This show of support is amazing and we are even more motivated than ever to find ways to assist the Upland Animal Shelter in helping the animals in our community.
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All donations are tax deductible and go directly to Friends of Upland Animal Shelter, Inc., our certified 501(c)(3) charity. Friends is a 100% volunteer organization without any paid staff.
Please donate so we can help those that cannot help themselves.
Friends of Upland Animal Shelter, Inc.
1275 San Bernardino Road
Upland, CA 91786
This can be prevented with a microchip which is an implantable chip that has a unique identification number to help reunite you with your lost pet. The chip is no bigger than a grain of rice and is implanted under your pet’s skin in a method similar to a routine vaccine. The unique identification number is registered with the microchip company along with the owner’s information. When an animal is scanned the microchip number comes up and the finder can then contact the microchip company for the owner’s information.
The American Humane Association has estimated that over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the United States every year. Studies by the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine showed that in animals with microchips cats were 20 times more likely to be reunited with their owners and dogs were 2.5 times more likely to be reunited than animals without microchips.
In order for the microchip to work it is imperative that you register the chip and keep your contact information up to date. Although the microchip process is reliable it is ultimately dependent on the owner to ensure the agency has current contact information.
All dogs adopted from Friends of Upland Animal Shelter are microchipped as a part of the overall adoption process and fee. Microchipping is also offered for cats.
In addition, any pet can be microchipped for a fee of $30.00, including registration at the Upland Animal Shelter on Wednesday and Thursday from noon until 5:00 pm. For dog owners that live in Upland and have a currently licensed dog the microchip fee is free due to the generosity of the Landecena Foundation.
There is still time to make a year- end, tax deductible gift to help with immediate needs at the shelter.
In addition, the 2nd Chance Thrift Store continues to thrive as a direct result of donations from the community and patronage of the store. There is always something new and unique to find when shopping at the Thrift Store.
Above all else thank you for your continued partnership, encouragement and your unwavering support of the animals.
In addition, volunteers take dogs to the PetCo in Montclair on specific Saturdays during the month from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. This event gives the dogs a day out and a chance to practice their manners with all the people they see throughout the day.
PetCo has been a consistent adoption partner and also came to our rescue recently with the donation of Grain Free dog food for our dogs on special diets.
We are very thankful for our relationship with PetCo and greatly appreciate everything they do to support the animals and the shelter.
On Tuesday, November 29th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm please join us at the Shelter for our Tree Lighting and Give Big Party. There will be door prizes, an ugly sweater contest, treats and a special holiday gift shop. Stop by to shop, visit the animals and help raise money for the shelter all while having fun too.
The Second Chance Thrift Store is hosting a Mini Parking Lot Sale every Saturday after Thanksgiving from 10am to 3pm and will have new and unique items arriving each week. We have a large variety of Holiday decorations as well as clothing, home accessories and craft supplies.
In addition, Friends is once again hosting a Holiday Pet Portrait event at the shelter on December 9th from 12pm-2pm, December 11 from 10am-3pm and December 12th from 2pm-6pm. The photos will be taken by True Emotions Photography and are $20 for a 5X7 photo of your pet which will be framed and ready to take home. Space is limited and appointments can be made in person at the shelter or by calling (909) 931-4185.
You could try to contact some shelters in northern Minnesota, I know they usually have room
Lets help them out upland
Let's do this Upland! $5 donation from every resident would be Awesome! Can we raise 1.0 m?
Is Upland City Counsel going to rape them of half the proceeds of this too?
I can't believe all this funding for our animals is being cut so that our useless police can have more SUVs and Chargers. Save the animals, defund frivolous police spending!
I made a donation yesterday. Is there a way to set up a regular monthly donation?
I support you we all people love animals so we need to help them as well.
Try tweeting the celebrities you follow or other potential donors!
May wanna set up a twitter and use this https://www.crowdchirp.com/
Any tentative fundraiser plans??