Tag Day In SLO Town
Love Your Pet? Tag Them!
April 4 Starts ID Tag Campaign
Contact: Ellen Perryess (805) 550-7577
SAN LUIS OBISPO – You think Fluffy the Feline or Marcus the Maltese is safe without an ID tag “because they never leave the yard.” Then comes the day where a robin’s chirp or a squirrel’s dash lures your beloved pet away from home. Without a tag, your pet may never find his way home.
The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy reports that about 1 million dogs and half a million cats are taken into U.S. animal shelters each year – and only 15 percent of those dogs and 2 percent of those cats are reunited with their owners. If those pets had been wearing id tags, they all could have been returned home.
And locally, less than 50% of the dogs and 5% of the cats brought into County Animal Services are returned to their owners, due to the low number of animals without any identification.
“This represents unnecessary heartache, a lot of cost to owners and tax payers, and most importantly, a tragic loss of life due to overcrowding of shelters,” says Terry Parry, president of Animal Shelter Adoption Partners, and sponsor of Join the Pack (JTP), a new countywide campaign devoted to getting ID’s on all dogs and cats.
The American Humane Association has named April 4, 2009 the start of “Everyday is Tag Day” and Join the Pack urges all SLO County pet owners to provide their pets with identification. Local retailers Lemos and Tails are Join the Pack supporters and offer discounts on personalized tags.
Tag ‘Em If You Love ‘Em!
A simple ID tag is the best insurance policy to make sure pets never wind up at a shelter, unclaimed, and in jeopardy of losing their lives.
No one expects his pet to get out, but it happens all the time. If pets are not wearing an ID they can be taken to County Animal Services. If the shelter is full then another animal is euthanized to make room for the incoming animal. If that animal is not redeemed within five days, that pet can be euthanized.
However, if that same pet is wearing a tag, the Animal Control Officer can return it directly to the owner, bypassing the shelter altogether.
The whole community is needed to Join the Pack, and make Everyday Tag Day! For more information about this grassroots effort, to volunteer, or to obtain ID tags, please contact 489-0689 or email INFO@JTP-NOW.org --- end ---
And Just What Was That, Exactly?
Ed Ochs had a Viewpoint in Friday’s Tribune, “Osos sewer tax is too costly for homeowners,” (http://www.sanluisobispo.com/letters-to-the-editor/story/657221.html) wherein he noted that, “The sewer tax is a terribly unfair tax, and homeowners don’t need a big tax bill for a big sewer when a more cost-effective project can do the same job. If you run government like a business, it doesn’t make sense to see it any other way, unless the county insists on working only with builders Montgomery Watson Harza.”
Which prompted this question: Since the county hasn’t selected the final system . . . yet . . . (yes, lots of speculation and rumor) exactly what project is on the table that is “more cost effective?” All the guestimates I’ve seen are within a few millions worth of hailing distance of one another, (especially when you put the higher number from the low end next to the lower number of the high end thereby making them look really close –heh-heh --, when in reality if you looked at the low end of the lower number and the high end of the higher number there is quite a gap).
So, Mr. Ochs. could you please let us know, What more cost effective project did you have in mind in your Viewpoint? And has the County ruled out . . . yet . . . whatever that project is? Or have the community survey’s ruled it out? (After all, that survey may make the difference in what is picked and if the community picked the more expensive project, then they’ll pay for it . . . dearly. But that will have been their choice.) Or is it some new project idea not yet reviewed? Or perhaps some components that have not yet been reviewed that could greatly reduce costs?
As for “unfair” taxation, so far as I know, a judge somewhere along the line made it clear that sewer costs are capped at a percentage of aggregate assessed property values. Los Osos is part of the Gold Coast. High property values, even with this slump and a population that’s often land rich and cash poor. Which means, the county’s project could be made from gold-plated pipes and silver pumps and marble lined oxi-ditches and cost $1,000 a month and a judge would rule that it STILL wouldn’t come close to the legally allowed cap. Which means lots of foreclosures, forced sales and an economic “cleansing” of this community, as cash poor people are replaced by cash rich people.
Which will enable Los Osos to become the perfect illustration of the old Viet Nam war mantra: We must destroy the village in order to save it.