Funding for county animal shelters
The proposal by King County Executive Ron Sims for $965,000 in additional funds in 2008 for Animal Care and Control includes:
• New portable dog runs: $200,000.
• Expanded spay neuter services at shelters, one veterinarian, one veterinary technician: $125,000.
• Improved care at shelters, one full-time officer, two temporary: $125,000.
• Develop facilities master plan: $100,000.
• Independent consultant to oversee improvements: $85,000.
• New cat cages: $65,000.
• Expanded spay-neuter services in community: $45,000.
• Communications outreach, one full-time staffperson: $45,000.
• Animal-placement specialist: $45,000.
• Animal volunteer coordinator: $40,000.
• Eastside medical support, one veterinarian, one veterinary technician: $40,000.
• Replace truck-transport boxes: $30,000.
• Animal flow plan: $10,000.
• Enhanced medical program: $10,000.
The proposal by Sims to develop an Animal Care and Control master plan for 2009 through 2011 and help decide whether the county should stay in the sheltering business includes:
• A task force with members from the Executive branch, County Council, Public Health, Sheriff’s and Prosecutor’s offices.
• A strategic plan to determine goals, who and how animal services are provided and which county department oversees the plan.
• An operational plan to decide whether to provide animal services as currently organized, reorganize within other county departments or work in partnership with private providers.
• A facilities plan to determine whether a new shelter should be built, where to build it, and a plan for financing construction.
• Master plan to be submitted to Council by Aug. 15, 2008.