Target: Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control
Goal: Screen all potential pet adopters to prevent shelter animals from being placed into unqualified homes
While finding forever homes for shelter animals is a top priority, the health and well-being of these animals is equally as important. Shelter animals should be given every possible opportunity to live happy and healthy lives in their new homes. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control strives to find these shelter animals loving homes but their method of doing so could potentially be dangerous to these animals.
Currently, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control allows individuals to adopt pets on a “first come, first served” basis. Individuals who want to adopt an animal do not have to undergo any type of screening or background check. This can be dangerous because anyone can adopt an animal from the shelter, including those who are ill-willed and unqualified to properly care for a pet. There is no way to tell if an individual is properly and fully qualified to bring a shelter animal into their home. While chances are slim, there is always the possibility that an individual who has a history of animal abuse or abusive tendencies could be taking a shelter animal home.
If implemented, screenings and background checks on all potential animal adopters will be extremely beneficial to shelter animals. This type of screening is not meant to discourage those who truly want to adopt a pet in need; if an individual is truly qualified to adopt a pet, they have nothing to hide nor fear from a screening or background check. The primary purpose of the screening would be to filter out those individuals who would pose a risk to these animals.
Help place shelter animals into loving forever homes by giving them one last form of protection before they leave the shelter. Urge the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control to implement a screening process for all potential animal adopters.
Dear Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control,
First and foremost, I would like to commend you on your continued efforts in finding homes for your shelter animals. While finding homes for these animals is extremely important, these animals cannot just be given away to the first person who is interested in them. Your “first come, first served” policy regarding the adoption of your shelter pets could potentially be doing more harm to these animals than good.
The safety and happiness of these animals is a top priority. By implementing a screening process, you are ensuring that these animals are going home with qualified individuals who can properly love them and take care of them. Although the chances are slim, there might be individuals who are seeking to adopt an animal from your shelter for purely selfish reasons. A screening process could help ensure that your animals do not go home with anyone who has a history of animal abuse or tendencies for animal abuse.
These animals only deserve the best after all they have been through. I am urging you to protect these animals one last time before sending them off to their forever homes. Please take the action to implement a screening process to ensure that these animals find their way into a loving home and do not fall into the wrong hands.
[Your Name Here]
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