This is a response to the letter titled "Terrible shelter conditions,” by Dorothy Scialabba on Feb. 4.
I have volunteered at the Tracy Animal Shelter for over two years now, and I have never seen an animal “die and suffer a horrible death.” The people at the animal shelter sit with the animal until it has passed on, petting it and giving it their full attention. The dogs all have a warm place to sleep inside, with heat lamps and blankets.
Yes, it is a fact that, if they go outside, they will get wet.
The animal shelter is a warm place for animals, animals that would otherwise have been out on the street, starving and freezing. If the animal cannot be re-homed, the people that work at the shelter take the time to make it feel loved for the last time in its life as it passes into the void.
I will not argue that the animal shelter could be in better condition. The shelter has been located in the same facility for about 20 years. But the staff treats their animals the best way possible in their limited facilities.