Last week I had the opportunity to sit through the Orange Cove City Council meeting.
I was there to cover a story in regards to the city and the Friends of the Orange Cove Animal Shelter, (FOCAS) members of a non profit group who were not permitted onto the premises of the shelter after they had some tax issues.
The tax issue has since been resolved. However, it seems that the members of FOCAS and the city staff can't seem to work out a contract from the point they're allowed back in town.
I spoke to FOCAS representative, Adriana Figueroa, she was visibly upset after the meeting.
It was understood that they would be at the meeting to finalize an agreement which, at the last minute, didn't happen.
I have seen how frustrated the FOCAS members were; their main priority was the dogs. They just wanted to make sure all the dogs at the shelter were being cared for properly. The city also has a legitimate concern as Rudy Hernandez, who is the acting city manager told the council they are worried about workers being on the premises not covered by workers compensation insurance.
As I sat through the meeting I began to understand truly how difficult it can be to have a shelter and operate it. My family and I are all huge animal lovers and my daughter has sometimes mentioned how she'd like to one day have a rescue shelter for dogs. I commend the people who take this task on, its not an easy one, that's for sure.
A couple of years ago, I covered a story in regards to the Fresno Bully Rescue and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.