restaurant that caters to dogs. That's why it's so surprising that
Huntington Beach lacks its own animal shelter and its own animal control
officer. If you've ever had to call for someone to pick up a stray dog or
rescue injured wildlife, you're probably aware that our city is of no
help. Someone has to come from the county.
If you've ever lost your dog, you know that you have to go all the way
to the county animal shelter in Orange to look for it. And you have to
get there quickly, because they'll only hold a beloved pet a short time
before euthanizing it.
Soon it may be even worse.
The county's dilapidated facility, which is rife with management
problems, may move to Tustin. The irony of this situation is that there
is already a no-kill shelter in town. The Orange County Humane Society
animal shelter is on Newland Street, near Pacific Coast Highway. It takes
in strays from Westminster and Costa Mesa, but they won't take our lost
pets. Why? Because Huntington Beach has no animal control officer and no
contract with the humane society. Instead, our city contracted with the
county to put our stray pets on a short temporary hold on death row in
We deserve better than that and so do our pets.
Huntington Beach is looking into the feasibility of building its own
shelter, but there's an even better solution. We should follow the lead
of Long Beach. That city formed an alliance with the American Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to build a new facility to care for
Long Beach's stray animals. Why can't we do the same?
The city could work with Save Our Strays, a local group spearheaded by
Karen Chepeka. The group proposes to raise funds to build the shelter and
provide volunteers to work at the shelter. Chepeka pointed out that all
the dog license fees from Huntington Beach go to the county. We could put
that $400,000 from the fees to better use by spending it locally to house
The existing Orange County Humane Society shelter in Huntington Beach