Upland Animal Services and volunteers have created and sustain one of the most beloved animal shelters in the Inland Empire. This progress is at risk and the shelter could become a high-kill "dog pound" without your help!
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.