Regional study on animal shelters approved by Commissioners’ Tribunal – Corridor News


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Hays County Courthouse – The Hays County Commissioners Court approved funding for a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for a feasibility study for the Hays County Centralized Animal Shelter Proposals and Planning. In recognition of the growth of the Hays County area and the No-Kill initiative, Justice Becerra and Commissioners unanimously approved the study for a central animal shelter.

Judge Becerra sponsored the agenda item and said: “We have identified the reality, the situation, the pain, the need for this agenda item to bring relief to the animal shelter. overload.

A tender will be created for a feasibility study to determine the needs of the county’s animal population and whether one or more animal shelters would benefit citizens who own pets.

Hays County and the towns of San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Wimberley and Dripping Springs will work together to provide a more efficient animal care system to better serve the public and animals in the area.

According to Lauren Loney, Texas State Director of the Humane Society (HSUS) of the United States from Hays County:

HSUS supports Judge Becerra’s proposal to conduct a feasibility study on a new animal shelter in Hays County, a plan supported by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), particularly if part of the budget can be reserved for Community aid. to help keep people and animals together.

The HSUS is supporting increased investment in animal rescue efforts and, in recent years, has worked with communities across the country to move from simply increasing kennel space in shelters to setting up operates extensive community programs to support pets and their families, in combination with increased kennel space, if needed.

Sharri Boyett, Animal Advocacy Advisor to Judge Becerra, has spoken out in favor of the Central County Animal Shelter and supports a unified department and regional director of animal services. Ms Boyett has requested that a county animal services division be established and that a community sterilization clinic and microchip program be included.

“We have done something that is not effective and that is not working. It is time to collectively own the rescue programs. That’s what you should do.”

Jennifer Hayes, volunteer photographer for the shelter, comments to the audience: “It’s time to be proactive and non-reactive and plan for future generations. It’s time for Hays County to run a true regional animal shelter.

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