Animal Shelters To Receive New Funding

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Animal ShelterTo prepare for Monday’s Animal Care Shelter 6:30pm hearing at the Highline Performing Arts Center, here is some significant funding news:

The King County Council and County Executive Ron Sims jointly outlined an agreement Thursday to spend nearly $1 million on immediate improvements and to plan the transformation of the much-criticized operation into a national model of excellence.

Under the agreement, the county will replace all cat cages and add dog runs at or near the main animal shelter in Kent to reduce overcrowding and the risk of infectious disease. Spending also will go to expand veterinary services, review agency operations, add to the shelter staff, assess building and equipment needs and hire workers to enhance placement of animals for adoption, coordinate volunteer activity and improve public outreach.

Of the $965,000 in spending, about $570,000 would come from an animal benefit fund built up over 20 years from donations by people licensing their pets, adopting animals or simply making charitable contributions. The rest will come from the county’s capital budget.

More details and full story here.

WHAT: Forum on animal shelters

WHEN: Monday April 14th starting at 6:30pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, WA

INFO: Kurt Meacham, Program Manager, King County Animal Services, 21615 64th Ave. S Kent, WA 98032 • 206-296-4015

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