Little did the Homeless Animals’ Lifeline Organization (HALO) realize when it started its rescue group that 13 years later, the City of Oakley would acknowledge HALO’s hard work and dedication by offering the organization a building for lease as a base of operation.
Oakley has demonstrated that it is truly a city that knows how to “Walk the Walk.” When HALO reached out to Oakley staff with a proposal that didn’t quite fit, it wasn’t the end of the discussion; staff kept them in mind and came up with a win-win solution for both the city and the organization – not to mention the community.
The willingness of the city leaders to support volunteer efforts is both commendable and refreshing, especially in these turbulent times, when politicians are not exactly held in high esteem.
By receiving a monthly monetary payment for the old fire station, you can’t be accused of giving public property away. The amount is reasonable and an incentive for the group to move forward with renovation plans.
Thanks to the Oakley City Council, East County will soon have an animal rescue facility that will become a showcase for other communities.
As a resident of another city all I can say is: I’m jealous!
Barbara Herendeen, Antioch