I received an email today from the Milo Foundation about how they will soon be closing their Berkeley adoption store.
After much reflection, The MILO Foundation has made a decision to close our store here on Solano Avenue, and to sell this building. It has become clear - with all of the complications of the zoning and permit process in Berkeley and with the opposition from some neighbors - that continuing here is taking too many resources and drawing our efforts away from MILO's important animal rescue mission. The decision is ours – no one else's. This is a move not an ending.
From the entire letter posted on the site, it's clear that it was a complicated situation having the store in retail zone near neighbors and that it wasn't purely complaining residents that contributed to the decision -- the Milo Foundation itself takes some of the responsibility. Still, it would have been nice to see more community support for a group doing such good things for animals.
The Milo Foundation is where we got our precious little Maddy. If it wasn't for their work and dedication to these little guys, she wouldn't be sitting on my chair right now with me. We're incredibly grateful for the work they've done and for having a local place to go and adopt animals.
But Milo continues on and they certainly aren't closing. So, be sure to check out their site and see how you can help.