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Anti-Cruelty Campaign  
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Sandy our first volunteer, Eileen and Brad are with Senator Ted Lieu  who strongly supports our We Dream of Justice, Too Anti- Cruelty Campaign.
 
Eileen, Founder of OBOL with Councilman Herb Weston and Councilman Paul Koretz at Los Angeles City Hall protesting not wanting the Hayden Act repealed which would save shelter animals lives. This was covered on TV.
 
Liam a boxer was used as bait in an illegal pit bull ring. He lost his eye and was bruised all over. A rescue group came to us and OBOL donated whatever was needed to help in its recovery.

OBOL is committed to making a positive change on behalf of homeless animals, one shelter at a time.  Prior to OBOL’s formation, most animals in public shelters throughout Los Angeles had no bedding and slept on cold, cement floors. Thanks to our advocacy/policy work, all six LA City Shelters now supply comfort items to the animals in their care, 24/7. 

We also raise public awareness about the plight of homeless animals by conducting 4 pet adoption events and attending 20 Pet Adoption/Expo events annually, where we stage information booths.  We pass out literature about how “Adoption is the Best Option” and the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals.  We also engage hundreds of people per event, including teachers, Scout leaders and others who sign up to conduct animal comfort/care item collections.

A current example of Operation Blankets of Love’s policy work is the "We Dream of Justice, Too" campaign.  Together with Laura Marlowe, author of the children’s book Tommy the Throwaway Dog, OBOL has developed a unique flyer/poster for use by educators and humane organizations that emphasizes the importance of reporting animal abuse and neglect (see attachment at end of this document).  The flyer/poster is also available in Spanish.

As in the case of Tommy the Throwaway Dog, who suffered the unthinkable at the hands of a cruel owner who was ultimately arrested but not sentenced to jail, too many animal abusers often go unpunished. The campaign revolves around the need for increased justice for abused and neglected animals. The goals are:  1) raise awareness that animal abuse and neglect is a crime, 2) encourage people to report animal abuse and neglect and 3) make people think twice before harming an animal. 

in 2013 OBOL has launched We Dream of Justice, Too as its first formal public anti-cruelty awareness campaign.  We are pleased to report that our campaign poster appeared in the July 2013 edition of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association "PULSE" magazine, a publication that every veterinarian in Southern California receives. Also 21 Los Angeles City Police Stations are putting them up and also passing out at their community outreach events. We will also share campaign material on our website and at all the special events we participate in.

Informally, OBOL advocates on behalf of animal welfare every day, by mobilizing the compassion and creativity of a growing army of volunteers that includes hundreds of school children and parents, numerous civic clubs, faith-based groups, senior living facilities and businesses throughout California.


“As Senator, I have drafted several animal protection bills that were signed into law, including SB1500 that prevents neglected and injured animals from being returned to abusive owners. My firm belief is that all of us should protect homeless animals that have no voice. With appreciation for the ongoing work done by OBOL, Laura Marlowe, our shelters and Animal Control Agencies, I strongly support the 'We dream of Justice Too,' the anti-cruelty campaign, and encourage you to display the poster at your facility.“
Senator Ted Lieu, 28th District CA.

Eileen testifies in front of the San Bernardino Supervisors about the inhumane ways Devore Shelter treats animals by giving them no comfort or aid items even though they will all be donated. She further testifies that they are the only shelter in CA that do not allow volunteers, no I.D. description on the front of cages and how each animal wears a big plastic number around their necks to indentify them.

  We Dream of Justice Too
 
   
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