Proposed Wendell Animal Control Building Needs Your Help


By KMVT News

Wendell, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The effort to build a new animal control facility in Wendell has been an uphill battle so far. The fundraising effort has begun, but they need more help than they've been getting.

The City of Wendell's present animal shelter is very small and inadequate to keep dogs that are captured. The city has donated ground to build a new animal control building next to the city shop. So far the fund raising effort has managed to gather only $15,000. The organization behind it is two years old, and has been applying for grants unsuccessfully.

Mary Holley, Co-founder of Anythings Pawsable says, "We find when we apply for grants, they let us know because we are a new organization, they do not give the funding to us."

The city also doesn't have a dedicated animal control officer, either. Wendell has been revising its animal ordinances and reworking its dog license fees.

Wendell Mayor Kent Bates says, "We're trying to keep it reasonable so people can offset some of the expenses. We've gone to a lot of volunteers, and people have been great. A lot of good, caring people that treat the animals really well. And that's probably saved us more than anything."

The group Anythings Pawsable wants to raise $35,000 so they can lay the foundation for the new building. Overall, the building will cost $125,000 to meet Americans with Disability Act requirements. The group's co-founder says it's up to each one of us to help solve this ongoing problem.

Holley says, "They want the cities to fix it. It's not the cities' problem. It's the peoples' problem. The people need to get behind this and make a difference."

If you'd like make a donation, or help in any way, please call City Hall in Wendell at 536-6151or Anythings Pawsable at (503) 851-7005.

We'll take an in-depth look at this issue in our half hour long "Connections" show. That airs at 9:30 p.m. next Saturday night May 18th and at 9:00 a.m. the following Sunday morning May 19th on our sister station FOX 14.1.

May 7, 2013.

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