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May 29, 2007 > Transition at the Tri-City Animal Shelter

Transition at the Tri-City Animal Shelter

By Nancy Lyon

The Tri-City Animal Shelter is currently undergoing an important transition. After more than twenty years as an officer with Fremont Animal Services, the past five and a half years as Shelter Supervisor, Ernie Molieri has accepted the challenging position of Shelter Supervisor of the much larger City of Sacramento Animal Shelter.

During his time as supervisor, Ernie spearheaded many positive changes to the Fremont shelter. Animal shelters can be grim and barren places, but under his watch the shelter worked hard providing both an animal and people friendly environment.

Positives changes included a new cat habitat giving potential adopters the opportunity to view cats in a more relaxed, homelike setting. Ernie was open to volunteer suggestions and the former dog quarantine ward with undersized kennel runs became the "small dog ward." This dedicated space provided a less stressful surrounding for smaller or younger dogs away from the sometimes frightening large dogs.

Adoption and rescue rates of adoptable animals climbed significantly and under his tenure, euthanasia dropped to a new low. With creative use of limited shelter space, the ability to hold animals longer became possible. Networking with other shelters also provided the option of transferring long-term adoptable animals to no-kill facilities further upping the ability to save lives.
Stepping in as Acting Shelter Supervisor is Jennifer Ray. Jennifer has been an animal lover and rescuer for a very long time and before coming to Fremont, she was a California State Humane Officer working with the Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley. She has been with the Tri-City Animal Shelter as an Animal Services Officer, mostly in field services, for the past eight years.
The shelter supervisory position is a demanding one, requiring intelligence, people and managerial skills, fairness and good judgment and above all... a commitment to the animals. Jennifer more than fits this profile; she not only brings these qualifications to the job but also a great deal of experience and compassionate professionalism.
Those of us from OHS that work directly with the shelter extend our best wishes to Ernie in this new opportunity to expand his horizons, and offer our continuing support to Jennifer. Working with both of them over the years has been a pleasure and an education.
I think that this quote from PetHarbor.com, a website listing regional shelters and their animals expresses my feelings towards Ernie, Jennifer and the other very competent shelter staff members, "Our society has given to them a difficult and often heartbreaking task. It is a daily struggle that is largely unseen by the general public, and no pats on the back are given - rarely do they ever hear a simple 'Thank you'. Yet day in and day out they meet their challenge with compassion, dignity, and humanity. From we who notice, Thank You."

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