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.
- 2001- presented animal shelter proposal to City Council members who allocated $50,000 to hire a consultant to prepare a feasibility study
- Since 2003- assisted pet parents with over 1515 spay/neuter procedures
- Since 2004- assisted over 300 families with veterinary medical assistance
- 2002- successfully worked with HB City Council members to pass an ordinance to prohibit the use of wild and exotic animals for entertainment
- 2007- worked closely with community groups and City Council members on an ordinance for mandatory spay/neuter and micro-chipping of dogs and cats. Unfortunately, it did not pass.
- 2011- successfully worked with City Council members and staff to prevent County Animal Control officials from imposing kennel fees on local non-profit animal organizations who operate pet adoption centers through national pet supply stores
- 2012- successfully worked with City Council members to pass an ordinance to prevent the sale of puppies and kittens obtained from puppy mills
- 2012- successfully worked with City Council members to prevent the eradication of coyotes in the community
- 2014- successfully worked with City Council members to thwart the efforts of the current Mayor to rescind the 2002 wild and exotic animal ordinance
- 2014- met with Mayor Pro Tem Joe Shaw, City Manager Fred Wilson and Police Chief Robert Handy and identified a potential site within City limits for an animal shelter
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
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Save Our Strays of Huntington Beach
P.O. Box 4083
Huntington Beach, CA 92605-4083