Ask Animal Shelter to Offer Animal-Friendly Menus at Fundraising Events

Why eat one and love another?

Target: Janice Wagaman, volunteer coordinator at City of Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter

Goal: Urge animal shelters to adopt a policy of only offering animal-friendly menu choices at fundraising events.

Animal shelters frequently host fundraising events in order to support the ever-growing need of funding for their life saving operations. Often these organizations spend countless hours and resources rescuing dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, and animals of all types, yet they continue to offer meal choices that involve the suffering and slaughter of other animals. This petition urges the City of Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter to adopt an animal-friendly policy when making food choices for shelter sponsored events.

The Sacramento SPCA has set an example by following the Food for Thought Campaign introduced by Animal Place, a sanctuary for farm animals. The campaign merely asks animal shelters and rescue organizations to adopt an animal-friendly menu policy that is more in line with their ethical beliefs and actions towards animals. Why love one and eat another?

The City of Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter recently rewarded volunteers with a barbecue consisting of hot dogs and hamburgers. The shelter also benefits from fundraisers at Big Spoon Yogurt with the slogan “Treat Yourself, Give a Little,” and at Jamie’s Bar and Grill under the slogan “Dogs for Dogs.” This is ethically inconsistent for the Sacramento Front Street Shelter to endorse the pain and suffering of one animal in order to benefit another deemed more worthy of our time and money. Please urge the Sacramento Front Street Shelter to adopt an animal-friendly, vegan menu for all fundraising events.


Dear Janice Wagaman,

As an animal lover I was severely disheartened to learn that your shelter still offers menu choices that involve the suffering and slaughter of animals at its fundraising events. While you spend much time and energy rescuing and caring for animals of all types, it seems contradictory to your code of ethics to love one animal while eating another.

Animal Place, a sanctuary for rescued farm animals, has started a campaign called “Food for Thought” toward the goal of enlightening animal shelters to the abuses suffered by other species in order to raise money for animals deemed more worthy of life and love. The Sacramento SPCA has set an example of an ethical stance towards all animals by only offering vegan and vegetarian choices at their shelter sponsored events.

I know you care about all the animals in your community, not just the fuzzy dogs and cats in which you concentrate your efforts. Please set an example for everyone that all animals matter and deserve a life free from suffering and pain. Please adopt a policy of only offering a vegan menu at all your fundraising events.


[Your Name Here]

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