With the approval on June 22, 2020 by the Pasadena City Council of a one-year animal control contract extension, Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is pleased to announce that negotiations with all cities having animal control contracts set to expire at the end of June have resulted in contract renewals.
In accordance with the newly established agreements, Pasadena Humane will continue to serve Pasadena, Glendale, Arcadia, Monrovia, South Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada-Flintridge, Sierra Madre and Bradbury through June 2021.
“Pasadena Humane applauds these cities for continuing to invest in the high quality life-saving care that Pasadena Humane provides,” said Dia DuVernet, President & CEO of Pasadena Humane. “While cost is certainly a consideration for cities in decisions related to animal control services, outcomes for animals should be an equally important factor.”
Pasadena Humane was obligated to increase fees for Animal Care and Control due to rising costs associated with achieving the community’s expected standards of care in sheltering and live outcomes. While city contracts have increased only by Consumer Price Index (CPI) over decades, best practices in animal care and sheltering have evolved exponentially. Saving animals’ lives comes at a higher cost than euthanizing animals after an impound period, as is still common practice for some shelters.
Pasadena Humane does not euthanize animals due to length of time in the shelter. Additionally, despite requests for services from other cities, Pasadena Humane only serves as many cities as shelter space allows; therefore, animals are not euthanized due to lack of space, as is commonly the case in many shelters.
As an open-door, socially conscious shelter, Pasadena Humane accepts all animals from contract cities, regardless of health, age, breed, behavior, or other criteria. Pasadena Humane employs six veterinarians and six behavior specialists, which allows the shelter to accept medically or behaviorally challenged animals - making sure no animal is left behind.
As an open door shelter, Pasadena Humane far exceeds the “no kill” benchmark of a 90% live release rate. In 2019, Pasadena Humane achieved a 91% live release rate and a 100% placement rate for all adoptable animals.