The city pound in Farmington, NM is slated for replacement. And it sounds like it’s about 30 years overdue. From the shelter’s Petfinder page:
The current Farmington Animal Shelter to be replaced is 30 years old, wedged between the Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Power Plant with no place to expand, and only contains 54 kennels. Not one of our dog kennels meets the Humane Society of the United States regulations for space required per dog and we are forced to place several dogs in each kennel. The current shelter receives an average of 25 new animals each day. With only 54 kennels to house these animals in a non-adoptive-friendly facility, the shelter must euthanize an average of 19 animals every day due to space restrictions.
To wit, city bureaucrats in Farmington solicited the public for donations to help build a $7.6 million shelter. Now they are researching how they can cut corners and build a $5.1 million dollar shelter instead. It sounds as if this is all just an exercise in forming-committees-to-look-into-possibilities though:
But there’s no funding budgeted for the animal shelter this fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, 2011.
So the city is ready to put up a big fat zero dollars. But the public should absolutely step up and donate money. No guarantees on what kind of shelter the city will end up building with it – if they even build a shelter at all.
Next on the agenda:
Meanwhile, city councilors asked veterinarians at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss with their colleagues how the city could develop a low-cost spaying and neutering program.
The article doesn’t say how many dollars the city is budgeting for this low cost neuter program but I’m hoping it’s more than they’ve allocated for the shelter. My guess is though, that when they say “how the city could develop”, they mean “how you veterinarians could absorb all the cost”.
So to summarize, the city is cramming pets into a self-described “non-adoptive-friendly facility”, killing most of them, asking the public to contribute towards a new facility that they deem worthy of not one dime of the city’s budget and asking veterinarians what they’re going to do about getting pets neutered at reduced rates. Responsibility, anyone?
I sense the formation of an exploratory committee. Maybe they should meet between the sewage plant and the power plant. They might find themselves a little cramped for space but if so, we can always kill some more pets.