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Some FAQs about why a modern animal shelter is needed...
and how, together, we can make it happen.
Why do we need a new shelter? Isn’t the one we have adequate?
Our current shelter was built in 1972 according to the standards and guidelines of that time. We’ve learned a lot about best practices in animal welfare since then and a new shelter will enable our community to care for animals in a safer, more humane way. Most cities around the country are updating and modernizing their shelters and we need to do the same. Citizens of Flagstaff and Coconino County are an animal loving bunch and this new shelter will reflect the love and compassion we feel toward lost and homeless animals.
Won’t a new shelter cost a lot of money? The building—built as an animal shelter—is already there. The former Second Chance Center for Animals has been offered to the county as the new county animal shelter at no cost to the taxpayers. This building is much larger than Flagstaff’s current shelter and can accommodate a lot more animals in a safer environment. Being able to care for even more lost and homeless animals will cost more than the city and county are currently spending, but we think you’ll agree that it’s worth every penny.
Additionally, the current budget for animal welfare services in both the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County is considerably lower than the national average (we spend $3.00 per capita and the national average is $8.00 per capita) so any additional expense is really a “cost of living” increase and should be seen as our community’s cost of doing business. With a new shelter and a little bit of increased funding, we can do a better job of easing animal suffering, finding forever homes for homeless cats and dogs, and helping to decrease the numbers of unwanted animals coming through the shelter’s doors.
Speaking of money, why does PPNAZ need $300,000.00? We know that the operating budget for the first year to properly run the shelter in the Second Chance building, including improving the practices for animal welfare will be conservatively around $850,000.00. Based on the current animal welfare contracts with the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County, we’re estimating that the new contract will pay approximately $500,000.00 which leaves a shortfall of $350,000.00. We have secured donations of $50,000.00 that were raised specifically for the new shelter. That leaves $300,000.00 that still needs to be raised. We are asking for pledges of support here. Upon reaching the minimum threshold of community support needed to launch state-of-the-art animal shelter services, we will collect the pledges.
In addition, we need to demonstrate to decision makers including government entities, grant organizations and major investors that there is enough local support to sustain the operation of a modern animal shelter. Without these “matching funds” we will not appear as financially stable as necessary and we are at a real risk of losing the bid for the contract.
How will a new shelter affect the contracts to run the shelter? Paw Placement of Northern Arizona (PPNAZ) has been working for the last several years to make improvements in the way that animal management services are conducted at the current shelter. These efforts have been met with a lot of resistance and PPNAZ now feels it is time for a change of management in addition to an upgrade in the facilities and the care for lost and homeless animals.
We have also been working with city and county officials to improve the next Request For Proposals (RFP) by raising the standards of required care for the animals. This would include stricter guidelines on staff training, medical care protocols and requiring more vigorous inspections of the conditions at the shelter and of the care being provided.
PPNAZ is planning to bid on the next contract that is expected to be released as an RFP in February, 2018. If PPNAZ is awarded the contract, pledges will then be collected as monetary donations and the improvements that are needed will be put in place to make life better for all the lost, sick, and homeless cats and dogs that find themselves in the care of our community’s animal shelter.
Every donation - big and small - will help bring modern and up-to-day animal care services to Flagstaff. If you are interested in donating, please pledge your support here.