A Study of Animal Overpopulation Crisis in Pulaski County - July, 2000. County of Pulaski, July 12, 2000 prepared by Tom Combiths. Introduction. The Humane Society of the United States estimates: approximately 12 million animals are taken to shelters each year
The present animal shelter was built in about 1976 and is 1,200 sq. ft.large. It has been operating at capacity for over 5 years.
Improvements have been made to the shelter in the past five years, including:
two private offices
small animal cages
epoxy sealing over concrete
record keeping technology
adequate animal holding space, 1,200 sq. ft.large. It has been operating at capacity for over 5 years.
rusting metal doors,
lack of storage space,
lack of insulation
labor intensive maintenanceSHELTER MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS INCLUDE:
A sterilization program for claimed and adopted animals has been in place for 10 years. With the recent addition of a part-time staff person the shelter has been able able to put more effort into sterilization enforcement. More aggressive sterilization efforts would require additional resources.
Shelters are not the source of excessive euthanasia of animals. Irresponsible pet owners have caused the crisis of too many unwanted pets.Note: An altered pet is a healthier ,more content, gentle and affectionate pet. (80% of pets hit by cars are un-neutered males)
County already owns site, animals. Irresponsible pet owners have caused the crisis of too many unwanted pets.
public is knowledgeable of location,
public sewer is available,
site is central to county-wide accessibility,
animal noise does not create a neighborhood nuisance,
ample security is provided for human/animal safety
Additional County resources are next door in the event of an emergency.
Existing shelter could be used for:
county garage overflow needs.Remodel / Expand - advantages
Material Costs Estimates
better and at least cost?