Oakland Police Getting Dog & Wildlife Training

Oakland police officers must now take dog and wildlife courses.

The order for mandatory training in dog and wildlife handling comes after high-profile shootings of a barking dog and a confused deer in neighborhood backyards.

The free training by the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will include several hours of instruction on dog behavior, local wildlife habits and alternatives to shooting animals.

The Oakland Police Department’s entire 679-officer force will be required to undergo the training once a year.

Oakland animal control director Megan Webb says it’s designed to make sure animals are treated humanely.

Two weeks ago, a barking 11-year-old arthritic yellow Labrador retriever was shot when officers entered a backyard in search of a burglar. In May, officers shot a fawn in a backyard.

More on the story in the San Jose Mercury.

Summer Clearance Adoption Sale

dog and cat

The Oakland Animal Shelter has been a part of our lives for many years. Not only did we get our wonderful cat from them, but my wife volunteers there every week as well. This announcement can be seen on their WordPress Blog http://oaklandanimalservices.wordpress.com.
These deals are hard to pass up. If you’ve ever been looking or thinking about getting a pet, now is the time!

Oakland Animal Services is overstocked with dogs, cats and rabbits! We have so many that we’re offering up to 75% OFF our regular adoption rates on already spayed & neutered animals thru September!

Already spayed / neutered:

* Dogs are $39.99
* Cats are $19.99
* Rabbits are $29.99

Adopt one rabbit or cat and get one free!

And that’s not all!!! The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip, microchip registration, vaccinations, 30 days of pet health insurance, and one free vet exam!!!