Talking Points – Use of Measure C Funds to Build Separate Cat Housing

  • In 2014 the voters of Paradise approved Measure C. The Ballot measure created a sales tax for the stated purpose of maintaining and preserving public services, including animal control.
  • In recent years the Paradise Animal Shelter has been severely understaffed. Some Measure C funds have been used to bring staffing at the shelter back to its prior, basic level. While we applaud the Town for restoring staffing at the Shelter, more needs to be done to improve conditions for the animals at the shelter.
  • Each year approximately 500 animals rely on the shelter to save them from abandonment and suffering.
  • Cats at the Paradise Animal Shelter are currently housed right next to the dogs, and are subjected to the stress of being in continual sight/sound of a natural predator.
  • Cats who are stressed are more likely to break with latent disease, and spread it to other cats at the shelter.
  • There have been numerous disease outbreaks among the cats at the Paradise Animal Shelter. The cats suffer, and at times large numbers of cats have been euthanized.
  • The cats are in desperate need of a housing area separate from the dogs. A separate cat structure will reduce stress and disease incidence among the cats, will make the cats more adoptable, and will save cats’ lives.
  • We recommend that a portion of Measure C funds be used to create separate housing for cats./li>
  • Councilmember John Rawlings brought this issue to the attention of the Town Council and deserves to be commended.

The Town Council needs to hear from Paradise residents that we support this plan. If you have ever adopted a pet, or care about the living conditions of Paradise’s temporarily homeless animals … then it is time for you to act!

Here are three simple ways Paradise residents can help:

  1. Write a firm but polite letter (or email) and send it to the Town of Paradise contacts listed below. Use the suggested talking points, but please include your own perspective and your address.
  2. Write a letter (or email) to the editor or the Paradise Post. Use suggested talking points, but please include your own perspective and your address.
  3. Share this information with your friends and neighbors in Paradise. Send an email, share on Facebook, make a phone call and spread the word!
Thank you for making your voice heard!
Paradise Post:

P.O. Drawer 70
Paradise, CA 95967
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Town of Paradise Contacts:

Paradise Town Hall
5555 Skyway
Paradise, CA 95969
(530) 872-6291
Mon. – Thurs. 8 am to 5 pm

Jody Jones - Mayor
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Scott Lotter – Vice Mayor
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Greg Bolin – Council Member
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Steve (Woody) Culleton – Council Member
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John Rawlings – Council Member
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