On Nov. 19, Delta City Council formally approved agreements for the rent-free lease and operation of the animal shelter by Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS).
The agreements extend a working relationship that began in April 2011.
"Together we've helped almost 400 animals," said JoAnn Kalenak, who has served as volunteer shelter director. She and board president Rand Kokernot represented CAWS at the council meeting.
Of those 400 animals, 150 were united with their owners and 250 were adopted out.
"It's a success story," Kalenak said. "So much so that we need a bigger facility."
The new agreement allows CAWS to use more of the facility, while ensuring space will be available for "city" dogs that are impounded or quarantined.
Fees for care of city animals will increase from $12.50 to $19 a day, which is CAWS' standard fee. "We have a little bit more history now, so we know what it costs," Kalenak explained.
Glen Black, community development director, said when the animal is reclaimed, the city may recoup those costs through fines and fees.
CAWS will also receive a $50 relinquishment fee for every animal that is turned over to CAWS if the animal is not claimed by its owner after a minimum period of five days. Again, that's the amount CAWS would charge an owner giving up a dog or cat. Kalenak says the $50 fee helps cover the cost of housing the animal for the 30 to 60 days it normally takes to find a new owner.
Kalenak said CAWS has launched a two-year campaign to purchase land in the county and build a larger facility. "It's pretty clear to everybody the city and county need more space, so that is our goal," she said.blog comments powered by Disqus