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Advocates for Palo Alto shelter make last minute plea to keep MV's business

Original post made on May 8, 2012

Tonight the City Council will vote on whether to join the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority. A group of Palo Altans hope to change council members' minds about ending its agreement with a Palo Alto animal shelter that may close without Mountain View's business.

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Posted by Too Late
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

This has been a long time coming because Palo Alto needed to gain control over its costs and maintain its facility years ago. In regards to an animal issue ten years ago, it was of no help!

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Posted by rem
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

rem is a registered user.

Yep, spend MORE money..

One of these days Mountain View is going to learn...

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Keep the shelter.Who needs another car dealership? The shelter is way more use to the people of Mountain View than the car dealership.

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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Penny wise and Pound foolish - that's our City Council.

Palo Alto is our neighbor - let's support them. $40,000 per year is a pittance compared to the hunfdreds of thousands that Mountain View P----s away!

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Posted by sparty
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Good luck getting the environmental impact reports that say it's ok to build a new car dealership right on the wetlands.

This isn't 40 years ago...

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Castro City
on May 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I have been goint to PAAS for 25 years and have always had excellent pets and service as a result. I hope they can stay in business since they are so close. Where is the other facility? How far will the animal control officers need to travel to deliver strays? Gas is $$$ and time is precious with a panicked animal. Do the right thing, not just a knee-jerk reaction.

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Posted by Katy
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

PAAS is an invaluable service for not only Palo Alto residents, but those in surrounding cities on the peninsula.

It would be a true shame to see them closed down, and I'm shaking my head at Mt. View's decision.

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Posted by Robert Showers
a resident of The Crossings
on May 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

CORRECTION: SVACA doesn't accept surrendered pets at all... and if they do, it’s most likely for euthanasia. They can be pickier with what animals they accept because they are not actually a municipal shelter like PAAS is. PAAS has to accept every animal from their jurisdiction regardless of temperament or health, so obviously their "survival rate" will be a little lower. PAAS also doesn’t charge anything for that service. PAAS = Apple, SVACA = Orange.

QUICK FACTS: The entire north end of Mtn. View borders Palo Alto. What part of Santa Clara borders Mtn. View? None.

PAAS is 1 mile from the Mtn. View Border. SVACA is 6 miles from the Mtn. View Border.

In 2015 after a huge capital investment to expand SVACA, the city of Mtn. View will be only saving on average of $40-50,000 per year. Not very much money for a city like Mtn. View.

It was a dumb move Mtn. View. Dumb move.

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Posted by jane
a resident of North Whisman
on May 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm

City Council: Please help keep this open!

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm

This is a really stupid move. They have worked with us and I have called them several times about animal problems and they have always been on top of it.

Maybe the city counsel should hire a $160/hr consultant to study the matter. I'll be they would eat up the $40,000 in a month.

As an animal lover...this is penny wise and pound foolish.

Guess I shouldn't expect anything else from our council.

Let's vote all of these idiots out now!

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Posted by Mr. T
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I only need dog licenses. I vote for going with the lowest cost provider. I do it by mail so location has no impact to me.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Why yes, instead of seeing volunteers walking happy dogs along the trails at the bay, we could enjoy the view of people test-driving cars up and down the street! The bay would be a lovely location for a car dealership. Especially now that the city signed on to another program to encourage people to ride bikes.

To everyone who posted above (except Mr T)...I really appreciate and completely agree with your comments and continue to hope that someday, someone with that much common sense will run for council.