Target: A.C. Gonzalez, Dallas City Manager
Goal: Don’t allow budget cuts that would lead to more killing in animal shelters
The Dallas City Council Budget Committee recently proposed extreme budget cuts to Dallas Animal Services (DAS). In recent years DAS has stepped up their lifesaving efforts, but a lack of funding would limit their resources and increase euthanasia rates once again.
DAS has worked to reduce the number of adoptable animals being killed in their shelters through community outreach efforts and other programs. However, the proposed budget would force them to close down their local Petsmart Charities Adoption Center, which provides an additional location to house animals and allows the public to see animals available for adoption in their local Petsmart rather than making the trip to an animal shelter, which many people avoid because they feel it is too sad.
In addition, DAS would no longer have the funding to vaccinate animals entering the shelter, which would greatly increase the risk of disease transmission and would likely lead to outbreaks of common diseases like kennel cough and giardia. Sick animals are usually the first to be euthanized, especially young kittens and puppies with poor immune systems. Further, the budget cuts would keep DAS understaffed and unable to respond quickly to emergency situations, which poses a public safety risk. Shelter animals would be forced to go without the meager comfort of canned food, which DAS would no longer be able to afford, and vital cleaning supplies would also be reduced. Urge the Dallas City Council Budget Committee to oppose the extreme budget cuts to DAS and work to find a more balanced solution.
Dear Mr. Gonzalez,
As you know, the Dallas City Council Budget Committee has proposed substantial budget cuts to Dallas Animal Services (DAS). These unbalanced cuts would place extreme limits on the lifesaving work of DAS and ultimately result in more adoptable animals needlessly dying in animal shelters.
Recently, DAS has seen a reduction in euthanasia rates, but all that would change if the proposed budget cuts are approved. They would be forced to shut down their local Petsmart Charities Adoption Center, which allows the public to view adoptable animals in a comfortable environment. Many people avoid visiting shelters because they feel it is too sad, so forcing DAS to close their adoption center would mean less animals get adopted.
The new budget would also mean DAS could no longer afford to vaccinate animals upon intake, which would increase transmission of preventable diseases and lead to even more animals being euthanized, especially young kittens and puppies with weak immune systems. Disease outbreaks pose health risks to the public, and forcing DAS to remain understaffed also poses public safety risks because they are unable to respond quickly enough in an emergency situation. Further, shelter pets would no longer have the meager comfort of canned food because DAS could no longer afford to provide it.
I implore you to consider the countless innocent lives that could be saved. Please oppose these extreme budget cuts and seek out a more balanced solution.
[Your Name Here]
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