Regarding Dave Ryan’s front-page story on proposed changes at the Yolo County animal shelter, it raised more questions than it answered for me. The initial push to take the shelter away from the Sheriff’s Department was due to perceived mismanagement and high euthanasia rates. The shelter took those complaints to heart and now has a dedicated staff and volunteer work force, who have increased the live release rate of cats and dogs to above 90 percent, qualifying Yolo County Animal Services to be labeled a “no kill” shelter.
Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza now says this isn’t about how the shelter is run; it’s about “governance.” I realize his wife and daughter are heavily involved in the organization working to remove the shelter from the Sheriff’s Department. Is the mayor able to make a neutral decision on this matter?
My wife is a professional dog trainer and teacher who volunteers her time at the shelter, improving the chances of a successful adoption for each dog. She sees first-hand the wonderful changes and dedicated people who work and volunteer at the shelter. I hope the city takes a cautious approach on this matter and carefully looks at the financial stakes and the parties involved for everyone’s benefit going forward.