Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cesar Millan: What Happens Now?

On June 5, Cesar Millan's Website made this statement:
We are sad to announce that after 16 years of marriage we have decided to file for divorce. The decision was made after much consideration and time. We remain caring friends, and are fully committed to the co-parenting of our two boys.
This undoubtedly will have an effect on Cesar's loyal fans and also those who vehemently oppose to his philosophy and methods with dogs. Over the past week, I have been approached by our own supporters and volunteers as to how I feel about the news and how this will effect our work.

Professionally, this news will have no affect on what we do. We integrated Cesar's Philosophy into our organizations efforts to save lives. RVAS had faced many challenges of their own prior to turning to a no-kill philosophy, but the greatest challenge was to find a way to reduce the increasing number of owner surrenders into our organization so that we could leave foster homes & shelter kennels open for those companions that really needed the shelter: homeless and wayward animals.

By working directly with pet owners, one on one, we have helped pet owners keep their pets rather than relinquish them. With an astonishing 72% of inquiries made to our organization...65% of them truly want to keep their companions, IF the behavior can be corrected. And that's where we come in. We are about solutions. We are about helping YOU, the pet owner find a solution that is right for you and your companion. And bringing Cesar's Philosophy into our work is exactly how we are saving lives and why we have been so successful!

We will continue to work with pet owners, individually to bring resolution to their pet behavior issues.

We will continue to share our philosophy, experience and expertise with other shelters and rescues who want to reduce their owner surrender intake and work towards joining the no-kill movement sweeping our nation.

And we will continue our rescue efforts for those animals that truly are abandoned, wayward or homeless.

On a personal level I was only saddened by the mere fact that because of Cesar's celebrity status, he and his family probably won't be able to keep their personal life private. As we go through life, we grow not only as individuals but as couples and families. Sometimes we grow together, sometimes we grow apart.

There is one thing I can be sure of. That both Cesar & Ilusion will do what is right, for their children and for their family. And the best support that I can offer, both professionally and personally is to keep sharing Cesar's Philosophy with pet owners and to let their personal life remain private.

I invite all of my friends, family, RVAS supporters & adopters and all of Cesar Millan's supporters to do the same.

Linda R. Blakely, Director
Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue