IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO OUR ANIMAL SHELTER, SINCE 2017
- New, May 14, 2020, approved TNVR Ordinance and Policy (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Release).
The culmination of a three-year effort with the Fayette Humane Society and the Office of the
Solicitor General, this ordinance can be enforced and will allow those who wish to participate
in TNVR to be exempt from the current controlling ordinance.
- Allocated one million dollars for a new state of the art animal shelter at the 9/26/2019 BOC meeting. At the 2/27/2020 Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved the architectural firm that will design the new shelter.
- Allocated approximately $200,000 at our 7/13/2017 Board of Commissioners meeting to refurbish the shelter and connect it to sewer.
- 2020 FYE budget $450,786.00, a 36% increase since 2017 FYE budget, with tentative increase for next FYE.
- Regular communication. Since September 2017, the Director, with the support of the Board of Commissioners, has conducted regular monthly meetings with animal advocates and other concerned citizens regarding a variety of related topics.
- No-kill statistics. Since 2017, the Animal Shelter, with the support of the Board of Commissioners and the assistance of animal advocates, rescue groups, and other citizens, has operated at the same level as "no-kill" shelters. Live release rates for 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively: 93%, 96.45%, 97.85%. The benchmark is 90%. It has been a team effort and a community success.
- No dog has been euthanized due to space limitations since March 2017.
- Spay and neuter costs are covered by the County for every live release animal.
- 85% of cages reserved for holding animals (increased from 75%). Four cages reserved for animals that must be housed separately for various reasons, such as observation, temperament, illness, etc.
- Notification to rescue groups for assistance prior to any potential euthanizing of healthy animals.
- New cat cages and facility added.
- New fostering program approved by the Board of Commissioners.
- New 911 and Animal Control fostering program: Headset Healers
Stay tuned. More will be coming ....