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Dear Mayor Jones,

Thank you for listening to PASH and the public support of Councilmember Rawlings proposal to build separate housing for homeless cats in Paradise. We understand that the town is still recuperating from hard financial times, and that other public needs may be seen as higher priority at this time. We will continue to follow Measure C and Town Council activities related to the shelter, and will be sending you periodic updates about this issue.

We were pleased to read the recent report from the 2015-2016 Butte County Grand Jury regarding animal shelters in Butte County. As you probably know, the Grand Jury noted that all of the Butte County shelters have capable, dedicated staff, and most shelters were adequate in relation to need. However, they did find several things lacking in the Paradise Shelter. Specifically, they found that: 1) the Paradise facility is small and in need of renovation and expansion, 2) there needs to be greater separation between cats and dogs, 3) sick animals need to be quarantined more effectively, and 4) the hours the shelter is open to the public are inadequate compared to other facilities.

The Grand Jury went on to recommend that the Town of Paradise provide adequate funding for the updating, enlarging, and renovating of the animal shelter, and address the other concerns as well, by providing greater physical separation between cats and dogs, greater physical separation between sick animals and healthy animals, and increasing the hours the shelter is open to the public. The Grand Jury cited the “Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters (2010)” published by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, which are guidelines adopted by the state of California. The guidelines recommend adequate separation of species, i.e., cats from dogs, ”where cats are effectively removed from sight and sound exposure to dogs”. They also recommend that sick animals be adequately quarantined from healthy animals, within species.

These are long-standing issues at the Paradise Animal Shelter that are not going to go away. Councilmember Rawlings and PASH brought these issues to your attention, and the Grand Jury report underlines the need. We recognize that there are many competing priorities for funding, but Measure C provides an opportunity to address some of the more critical needs of the animal shelter. PASH will continue to work with you to find ways to make that happen.

Ellen Michels
PASH Board Member

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.
Gold Nugget Parade - PASH Float

“Trails of Gold” was the Gold Nugget Museum’s theme for 2016 Gold Nugget Days. PASH had entered a float in the parade the past three years. This year, volunteers were involved painting the signs as well as decorating the float the day of the parade. With a sixteen foot flatbed trailer and a lot of interest, PASH volunteers made it a great float and a fun day. The dogs were treated to treats and water, and lots of well wishes. PASH Board Members and volunteers rode on the float with their dogs. Gold nuggets and paw prints galore! Volunteers handed out Doggy Dress up Day contest applications and carried poster sized colored pictures of the animals available for adoption at the Paradise Animal Shelter.

Parade crowds and the float judges really liked the PASH float. They awarded PASH 1st prize in the float category. It was our very first award. What a fun day we had!

For another year, PASH’s friend, Mr. Lee DeMoss, has graciously and generously donated a year’s worth of his original paintings (this year’s theme was “Our Town”). Not only did we sell all but 6 of his paintings, we had great raffle prizes from over 10 local businesses and two framed paintings by different artists which were offered by a silent auction. Great refreshments were served making this event the best ever for PASH.

Watch next year for time and dates in our new website, plus our facebook and newsletter as Lee has agreed to do it one more year.

All proceeds go to the direct support of the animals at the shelter.