Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years – California News

Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years – California News

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  • Laurel Hennen Vigil
  • A mural outside of Oakland Animal Services.

Last year, three-year-old pit bull mix Kai languished at Oakland Animal Services for going on five months. He was recovering from severe burns and suffering from “kennel stress” — a condition brought on by long periods of confinement — and was slated to be euthanized, according to former OAS volunteer Marsha Converse. She’d heard about the dog’s predicament the day before he was scheduled to be put down, and decided to take him home as a foster.

“After 72 hours, Kai was doing exceptionally better and he found a home within ten days of being fostered,” Converse said.

Kai was one of several adoptable dogs at OAS scheduled for euthanasia cited in a December 2016 letter from 21 shelter volunteers to its director, Rebecca Katz.

Now, members of this coalition, which includes nonprofit animal-rescue group People Animals Love Support East Bay, or PALS, say that Oakland’s shelter has backslid on progress made to decrease its euthanasia rate — which recently increased, according to…

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