Save Our Strays- 15 Years- A Look Back by Karen Chepeka- President

In October, Save Our Strays celebrated 15 years of serving animals in the community of Huntington Beach. While it has always been our primary goal to establish a low-kill animal shelter in our City, I am so very proud of what we have been able to accomplish these last 15 years. I thought it appropriate to take a look back so we can all celebrate these accomplishments:

For the last 15 years, we have worked for the betterment of ALL animals. We could not have accomplished so much without the support of our City officials. However, our work is not done. Our efforts on behalf of animals requires the support of our entire community and the lawmakers who have been voted in to serve the community. Everyone must do their part and as residents, we must insure that our City Council continues to act favorably on those issues that are most important to us and to those who cannot speak for themselves- our wonderful animal friends. We will continue to reach out to all so that our goal of a low-kill animal shelter becomes a reality.

SOS was formed by Karen Chepeka and Dave Pfahler in October 1999 after their research into the conditions at the Orange County Shelter. Huntington Beach residents currently pay over $800,000 to the County of Orange for shelter services (this includes licensing fees, city contract fees, and other fees). This cost seems excessive when you consider the County's extremely high euthanasia rate, poor shelter conditions, and an inconvenient location for HB residents.

A grassroots postcard and petition campaign was initiated in late 1999, and SOS has developed an ever-growing mailing list of over 1,600 residents. SOS presented a proposal to the City in February 2000 for a shelter in Huntington Beach, with preliminary budget figures showing we can operate a pro-humane shelter at a cost savings to the City.

Save Our Strays HB is a non-profit, all volunteer community-based organization. Tax ID#33-0911076


Save Our Strays of Huntington Beach
P.O. Box 4083
Huntington Beach, CA 92605-4083
(714) 442-1446

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