Supporters to Rally at Oakland City Hall Tuesday to Save Animals, Urge Reforms at Oakland Animal Shelter

Former Oakland Raider, Animal Advocate Jarrod Cooper Will Join Dozens with Their Dogs on the Steps of City Hall; Others Will Voice Concerns in Council Chambers

May 05, 2014, 12:00 ET from Save Oakland’s Shelter Animals

OAKLAND, Calif., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


More than 100 Oakland citizens concerned about the direction at Oakland Animal Services (the city's animal shelter) are advocating for change to ensure both more humane treatment of animals and that more animals are saved. Many joining the rally will bring their dogs to the steps of city hall. They will be joined by former NFL Oakland Raider Jarrod Cooper, a longstanding shelter volunteer, who will help quarterback the gathering, and serve as a spokesperson for animal welfare.


A public rally and "Dog-In" on the steps of Oakland City Hall, followed by public comments to the Oakland City Council in chambers.


The public rally and Dog-In will begin on the steps of Oakland City Hall, at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, followed by public comment in city council chambers, beginning at 5:30 p.m.


Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA


Due to chronic staffing shortages, funding shortages, and management problems at Oakland Animal Services, a growing number of Oakland citizens are concerned about treatment of animals at the city-run shelter. Specifically, the shelter's animals are being treated inhumanely — sometimes being euthanized without cause — and, without an emphasis on rescue efforts, some animals who are adoptable are not finding placement as quickly as possible, if at all. Operating under the Oakland Police Department, the shelter has been without a director, a volunteer coordinator, or a veterinarian for almost a year. Some positions, such as shelter manager, which is common at similar-size municipal shelters, have not even been built into the city budget

Organized as Save Oakland's Shelter Animals, the citizens are urging the mayor and Oakland City Council to support the shelter by taking action on four points: (1) move the shelter out from under the city police department; (2) support the shelter by funding/hiring appropriate staff; (3) direct the shelter to fairly evaluate animals and try to place them before euthanizing them; and (4) form an animal care advisory committee to help develop and ensure humane practices.

Contact: Amy Bauman, (510) 612-0461 (cell) or (510) 482-8007 (home)

SOURCE Save Oakland’s Shelter Animals