We hear too often about complaints from the public regarding terrible conditions at shelters. Sometimes we learn about these via a local news station. In the case of CA station KGET, they followed up on a viewer complaint about substandard care at the Delano shelter, found that it was likely a misunderstanding, and ran the story. I’m sure many stations would have dropped the piece once it was determined to be lacking in blood and guts. I’m grateful KGET not only conducted an investigation but also followed through by reporting on it. We can always use good news:
The viewer also claimed the shelter was filthy, with “flies everywhere”. Flies did swarm around the food and feces, but the cat houses and dog pens were clean. Also, the dog kennels did not have that familiar smell of a pound. The cats cages were not crowded and were supplied with adequate water, food, and shade,
A volunteer became emotional reading that the viewer felt the Delano Animal Shelter employees did not care.
“It’s a struggle everyday because of budgets and everything,” said Glenda Miller. “We make due with what we’ve got. Sure, it’s not the nicest or the best but we… ” Miller could not finish her thought because she was overcome by tears.
For example, Miller showed 17 News a dog whose life was saved at the shelter after it was hit by a car. The shelter had no money for surgery so she paid out of her own pocket.
Thank you to the viewer who tipped off the local news when she thought the shelter’s pets might be in danger. Thank you KGET for following up on the tip and making the results of your investigation public. And thank you to the good people at the Delano Animal Shelter for doing their best to care for the community’s pets.