Burien’s New Animal Care To Start Service Wed.; Finding Facility Tough
The City of Burien announced Tuesday (June 14) that, beginning Wednesday, June 15th, the new non-profit group Community Animal Resource Education Society (‘CARES’) will begin providing animal care and control services for Burien.
CARES will be providing services two weeks earlier than originally planned – as we’ve previously reported, they weren’t due to officially assume duties until July 1, 2011.
The new CARES facility is technically located at 145 SW 153rd Street in Burien, which we thought would be next to the E.B. Foote Winery and Pyramids Club Hookah Bar. We dropped by around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and discovered we were wrong – we couldn’t actually find 145 SW 153rd – all we found was 143, an empty office that formerly housed a granite countertop business:
After wandering around empty storefronts looking confused, we called Debra George, who clarified that the entrance is in the back alley, in a facility that currently houses ‘Paws & Relax Doggy Day Care‘:
We spoke briefly with Steve, a worker at the day care. He didn’t seem to be aware that CARES would be opening its facility there Wednesday, so we gave him Debra George’s phone number. Steve showed us one of the rooms that will be rented out to CARES:
He also told us that no equipment had yet been moved in by the city, even though the new facility is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15th.
The services that CARES will provide include:
- Enforcement of Burien Municipal Code Title 6 Animals
- Dog Bites/Dangerous Dog Reports
- Impoundment of stray animals
- Educational information about pets and pet ownership
- Rescue of sick or injured animals
- Referral to other animal service agencies
Residents can also Submit an online request for services.
“CARES is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on an emergency response basis,” according to a press release. “Dispatch centers for both Burien Police and Burien/Normandy Park Fire will have an emergency number to call for response to life safety issues involving animals.”
As we’ve previously reported, CARES is a non-profit group consisting of four main principals, headed by Debra George, and the city will pay them $10,000 a month – a total of $360,000 through April 2014.
The new phone number is (206) 81-CARES or (206) 812-2737. The office hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday –Saturday. For more information on animal control services in Burien go to www.burienwa.gov/animalcontrol.
We spoke with outgoing animal control director Dr. Leslie Kasper on Tuesday afternoon, who said that the five remaining animals have all found homes. Kasper also added that she’ll be “moving north” to a vet practice in Mountlake Terrace after taking “a much-needed vacation.”