Why don't you tell them what really happened Mim? Stop trying to mask negligence behind misleading statements. What you are asking people to believe is that you were:
A. allowing the staff, volunteers and the general public to be around a dog that you "deemed" dangerous or,
B. the dog wasn't dangerous; but you have to put a spin on the story to protect yourself from public backlash or,
C the dog was considered adoptable for 6 months and then all of the sudden, turned into a dangerous dog or,
D the treatment and care that he was subjected to during his stay created a "dangerous dog" which you then allowed a senior citizen to walk in public
In order for people to believe your version of events (clearly created to protect your own reputation) you are asking people to willfully suspend all forms of logic while at the same time holding out your hand requesting donations for your "no-kill" facility.
After a year of volunteering for this organization I found the management terribly incompetent around two essential areas: Volunteer Coordination (big dogs rarely got walked due to confusing scheduling and were stuck in small kennels with zero enrichment for days at a time) & collaborating with its community and rescue networks. Contrary to a previous review, this shelter in NOT no kill. They euthanize if a dog fails its "temperament test" or is unhealthy to the point of no return. Sadly, they do not even follow their own EU policy because they just euthanized a pit bull on 5/28/13 who passed his temp test and was extremely healthy.
His name was Noggin and he was a perfect dog who showed no aggression nor distress the entire 5 months he was sheltered at FAAS. I actually utilized him in my trainings (I was a volunteer who was asked to train new canine volunteers) because of his docile demeanor, silliness and good manners. His warmth and desire to lick all the faces he could transformed hearts and minds like no other dog I have ever seen and that was especially important to me because he was a pit bull.
Without warning, management secretly euthanized him. No one was told his life was in danger so no volunteers could oppose the unethical decision or try to at least network him to a rescue (which sadly, isn't even allowed, its against policy to work with rescues - around pit bulls anyway - sadly, there is a whole other story here about a pittie named Buffy who was so horrifically and inhumanely treated at FAAS during Dec/Jan 2013 you'd be in tears so I'll tell her story another time).
I will also no longer stand around and watch other adoptable dogs lives be put into jeopardy due to the broken municipal-style culture at FAAS. I can only hope that the FAAS management will own up to its failing Noggin and learn to do right by its remaining dogs from this point on by collaborating with its community and exhausting all other options before taking another innocent dog’s life. If they do not, they should be relieved of their jobs. This is Alameda, we can do better than this!
The dog “Noggin” referred to in Sara’s posting (6-10-13) bit an individual and a dog resulting in medical treatment for both victims. He was deemed unadoptable and euthanized. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has a live release rate (adoptions, transfers, owner returns) of 94%. This is among the highest of any open-intake shelter in the Bay Area. We are required to accept any Alameda (city) animal regardless of their age, health, temperament, or any other factor. No animals are euthanized because they have run out of time, or because we have run out of space. We are able to treat and rehabilitate many animals in our city shelter because of the generous donations received from the public.
If you have any questions about FAAS policies, animal enrichment programs, or our work with local rescue groups, please contact Mim Carlson at 510-337-8565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since taking over the Alameda Animal Shelter from the city, this volunteer program has grown, the fundraising has far exceeded expectations and the adoption program for dogs and cats is thriving. It has gone from a shelter that is just existing to a shelter that is thriving. It is a no kill shelter and volunteers are trained to work with the animals, socialize and teach them good manners! We are very involved with our shelter and really feel like Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter is making a difference in the lives of many animals.