LB seeks suggestions to improve Animal Care Service

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long-beach-animalsThere are more than 11,000 lost, abandoned or unwanted animals impounded at the City of Long Beach Shelter each year.  Unfortunately, thousands of these pets go unclaimed.

New approaches are needed to make Long Beach safer for people and animals. Councilmembers Suja Lowenthal and Patrick O’Donnell are hosting two important Town Hall Meetings next week to discuss changes to the municipal code and strategies for:

  • reducing animal impounds
  • reducing euthanasia of healthy animals
  • increasing animal redemptions and adoptions
  • increasing enforcement of the municipal code

Representatives from the City’s animal care Services Bureau will be on-hand to present information and answer questions about proposals for expanding the City’s licensing requirements, low-cost spay and neuter, volunteer and adoption opportunities.

“The City Council has made animal health and safety a priority for the coming year”, says Ronald R. Arias, Department Director, “and we are committed to working with the community to address these challenges.”

All residents are welcome to participate.  The Town Hall meetings about the Long Beach Animal Shelter are scheduled

  • in the 4th District, on Monday, January 11, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Sterns Park Community Center; and
  • in the 2nd District, on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Bixby Park Community Center.

No RSVP is necessary. Residents are encouraged to attend in person or complete the Animal Welfare Survey online at: www.longbeach.gov/acs.  Further information regarding Animal Care Services in Long Beach, feel free to contact the animal care Services Bureau at 562.570.7387.

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