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2nd Annual C.A.R.E.S. ‘Open Bite Nite’ raises $4,500 for local animal control

2nd Annual C.A.R.E.S. ‘Open Bite Nite’ raises $4,500 for local animal control

Homeless Burien pets got a boost Saturday night when C.A.R.E.S. hosted another successful “Bite Nite” fundraiser, raising around $4,500. Over 80 people attended the annual variety show, which was... [Read more]

UPDATE: Burien City Council adds $50,000 and two years to CARES contract

UPDATE: Burien City Council adds $50,000 and two years to CARES contract

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Council members voted 4-3 at their July 15 meeting to increase by $50,000 annually the amount paid to CARES for animal care and control services. The action also extended the... [Read more]

LETTER: Take a survey about Burien Animal Control

LETTER: Take a survey about Burien Animal Control

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] A Better Burien for Animals – take the... [Read more]

Burien City Council rejects contract extension, increased funding for CARES

Burien City Council rejects contract extension, increased funding for CARES

[REPORTER’S NOTE: This story has been corrected for accuracy by deleting two earlier references to an outdated estimated cost to Burien if the city went with King County’s animal control program.] by... [Read more]

LETTER: City ‘should renegotiate their contract for animal control services with RASKC’

LETTER: City ‘should renegotiate their contract for animal control services with RASKC’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear Editor, A proposal was made by City... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader Concerned that the City is Giving Extended Contract to CARES

LETTER: Reader Concerned that the City is Giving Extended Contract to CARES

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Letter to the Editor – Clearly Burien... [Read more]

CARES Passes Review, Gains Majority Council Support; But Some Still Complain

CARES Passes Review, Gains Majority Council Support; But Some Still Complain

by Jack Mayne The Burien animal care non-profit CARES passed its first outside review (download PDF here, p.15), drawing raves from City Manager Mike Martin and four members of the City Council – but... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘CARES Not Better than King County Animal Control’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘CARES Not Better than King County Animal Control’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Based on the Burien CARES Program Evaluation... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I can see that I am not the first person disgusted with C.A.R.E.S.’

LETTER: ‘I can see that I am not the first person disgusted with C.A.R.E.S.’

I can see that I am not the first person disgusted with C.A.R.E.S, the apparent City sanctioned animal control and rescue group for Burien. Perhaps as more of us come forward, something will be done about... [Read more]

Area Resident Has Bad Encounter with Dangerous Pit Bull in Shorewood

Area Resident Has Bad Encounter with Dangerous Pit Bull in Shorewood

Area resident Lynne Crockett reported the following about a dog-on-dog attack near the intersection of 26th SW and SW 106th – which it *not* in Burien’s city limits (see map below) – on the Shorewood... [Read more]

Citizens Say CARES Often Doesn’t Care, but City Manager Retains His Confidence

Citizens Say CARES Often Doesn’t Care, but City Manager Retains His Confidence

by Jack Mayne After a couple of months of calm, now suddenly aggrieved Burien animal lovers are again eyeing the warpath against the Community Animal Resource & Education Society – better known... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Two recent experiences with CARES has left me filled with disappointment’

LETTER: ‘Two recent experiences with CARES has left me filled with disappointment’

Dear Editor, Two recent experiences with Burien CARES has left me filled with disappointment and discouraged. The animals and residents deserve service, support, and compassion. None is provided by CARES. About... [Read more]

Burien CARES Animal Control Approved for Tax-Exempt Status

Burien CARES Animal Control Approved for Tax-Exempt Status

Burien CARES Animal Control announced Wednesday (Sept. 12) that it received official notice from the IRS on Monday (Sept. 10) that its application for 501(c)(3) status was approved, retroactive to May... [Read more]

Help Burien Animals at the ‘Wags to Riches’ Rummage Sale Saturday, Sept. 8

Help Burien Animals at the ‘Wags to Riches’ Rummage Sale Saturday, Sept. 8

A ‘Wags to Riches’ Rummage Sale will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. this coming Saturday, Sept. 8, to benefit Burien CARES Animal Control. The event will be held at CARES’ facility,... [Read more]

LETTER: B-Town Blog Reporter Seeking Readers with ‘Bad’ CARES Experiences

LETTER: B-Town Blog Reporter Seeking Readers with ‘Bad’ CARES Experiences

Citizens of Burien, Have you had an unpleasant experience with C.A.R.E.S.? Frustrated that no one will listen to you? Well, here is your opportunity to be heard – Mr. Jack Mayne is doing research for... [Read more]

Animal Control is Not Always a Public Hot Button

Animal Control is Not Always a Public Hot Button

by Jack Mayne There is nothing better to stir up a local controversy than to discuss how animals are controlled and treated by governments because no matter what is done, some will say it is a foul deed... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘What Use is CARES?’

LETTER: ‘What Use is CARES?’

Dear Editor – What use is CARES? Once again I have an incident where I am told that what to me should be part of the responsibility of CARES is brushed off as “Not part of their contract”. On Thursday... [Read more]

Burien CARES Animal Control Celebrates Opening with Ribbon Cutting Tuesday

Burien CARES Animal Control Celebrates Opening with Ribbon Cutting Tuesday

Tuesday afternoon, July 24, Burien’s new Animal Control department – C.A.R.E.S. – celebrated its official opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. City officials, volunteers, workers, pet-lovers... [Read more]

Burien’s CARES to Hold Ribbon-Cutting for New Animal Shelter Tuesday, July 24

Burien’s CARES to Hold Ribbon-Cutting for New Animal Shelter Tuesday, July 24

The City of Burien’s animal control provider, CARES (Community Animal Resource & Education Society), will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public viewing of its new pet shelter on Tuesday,... [Read more]

Burien’s CARES Animal Shelter Opens for Business After Passing Inspection

Burien’s CARES Animal Shelter Opens for Business After Passing Inspection

Story by Jack Mayne Photos by Scott Schaefer Following several months in limbo because of Health Department rules, Burien’s Community Animal Resource and Education Society (CARES) animal shelter... [Read more]

Burien CARES Animal Control Passes Health Inspection, to Open Tuesday

Burien CARES Animal Control Passes Health Inspection, to Open Tuesday

by Jack Mayne Debra George of CARES says the new animal shelter facility on SW 151st in Olde Burien passed its health inspection Monday and will open for business Tuesday (July 17). “We passed, we have... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I Just Saw Mike Martin on TV’ Regarding CARES Animal Control

LETTER: ‘I Just Saw Mike Martin on TV’ Regarding CARES Animal Control

Dear Council: I just saw Mike Martin on Channel 4 who did a piece on CARES which only told one side of the story..>>> “MIKE MARTIN’S” He actually had the nerve to lie on TV and... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘CARES is NOT a Viable Option for Animal Control in Burien’

LETTER: ‘CARES is NOT a Viable Option for Animal Control in Burien’

Dear B-Town Blog – I just received this information: Apparently CARES is NOT a viable option for animal control in Burien. At the Burien City Council meeting of June 18, 2012,Burien citizens and the... [Read more]

Health Dept. Closes CARES Animal Shelter; Could Re-Open Next Week

Health Dept. Closes CARES Animal Shelter; Could Re-Open Next Week

The Burien CARES Animal Shelter, located at 909 SW 151st Street. Photo by Scott Schaefer. by Jack Mayne A new Burien animal shelter could be allowed to begin housing and offering animals for adoption as... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let’s Replace ‘Kids and Cops’ with ‘Pets and Cops’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let’s Replace ‘Kids and Cops’ with ‘Pets and Cops’

To all members of Burien’s governing body: I wanted to speak to the cancellation or indefinite postponement of the Kids and Cops initiative. I think this is an opportunity for the council to demonstrate... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Why Animal Control Matters to Everyone’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Why Animal Control Matters to Everyone’

Being a dog owner and having friendships with numerous people who do animal rescue work, I am very aware of the importance of animal control. However, I understand that the average person who owns (and... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: After Surgeries, Pit Bull Victim Finally ‘Getting Her Smile Back’

FOLLOWUP: After Surgeries, Pit Bull Victim Finally ‘Getting Her Smile Back’

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Nearly two years ago (read our previous coverage here), pit bull attack victim Jeanette Cunningham told me “I just want to get my smile back…” at the... [Read more]

LETTER: If N. Highline Annexed, ‘Burien Will Have to Provide Animal Control’

LETTER: If N. Highline Annexed, ‘Burien Will Have to Provide Animal Control’

I attended the NHUAC meeting where King County Animal control did a presentation about the services they provide to their members. I was very impressed with the services they provide to the unincorporated... [Read more]