Why Animal Shelter Los Angeles Volunteers Do Staff Work?

To the editor: Thank you for exposing the poor conditions at animal shelters in Los Angeles. This discussion is long overdue. Although dogs may be man’s best friend, shelters also contain helpless cats, rabbits, hamsters, and other animals.

My daughter has volunteered at our local shelter for years and does what she can to deal with matters that are usually the work of the staff. Ensuring the cleanliness of food, water and habitat is often delayed, with worrying results.

Our city must find the will and the funds to improve the care of these creatures that fall most under their responsibility.

Linda Alexander, Los Angeles

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To the editor: I recently went to the North Central Animal Shelter in Los Angeles to see if my missing cat was there. It wasn’t, but I hadn’t been there in years and was totally impressed with the way she is now.

The shelter was clean, bright and had areas to meet and play with the animals. There was a lot of helpful staff, even in the small animal room. Each animal had food and water and was clean. There was no smell anywhere.

Sadly, there seems to be row after row of caged dogs. It’s no surprise there isn’t enough time to get them all out for a routine walk.

Instead of tearing down shelters, The Times should focus on who this mistake is falling on: the people who give up their animals because they are somehow uncomfortable, the people who pay $2,000 for a “pure” dog instead of adoption.

Laure Spangler, Los Angeles

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To the editor: One of the barriers to adopting dogs that I rarely see mentioned is insurance company breed restrictions.

I am looking to adopt a rescue dog. A large percentage of shelter and rescue dogs are pit dogs or part of them, Rottweilers, Chow Chow, or Dobermans. A homeowner’s insurance policy with Safeco does not cover living with a dog that is all or part of any of these breeds.

I looked into alternative insurance. All companies that do not have restrictions on breeding dogs offer inferior coverage for a higher price.

Elaine Bartender, Los Angeles

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To the editor: Thanks for exposing the disaster at animal shelters.

Stop raising animals, people. Get pets in a shelter. And while you’re at it, stop raising humans. Eight billion people on the planet – crazy.

Ann Bradley, Los Angeles

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To the editor: If you are as disgusted as I am with the city by the state of our animal shelters, please contact to write to your council member and the mayor about it.

More money, more staff and improved facilities are needed now.

William Majors, Woodland Hills

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