Progress on New Animal Shelter Earns Praise
Board authorizes funding of spay and neuter surgery center
(Placerville, CA)—Abandoned and abused animals in El Dorado County should be wagging their tails with the progress of the new animal shelter, which is running on time and under budget. As a result of the good news, the Board of Supervisors authorized $15,000 left in the current construction budget be used to build a spay and neuter surgery center and, if there is available funding remaining, finish the facility with a barn and parking lot.
Located at 6435 Capitol Avenue in Diamond Springs, the $5.7 million facility is on track to open in late September or early October thanks to favorable bid results and collaboration with community organizations. Construction contractor DG Granade started in March of this year. Funding for the project came from the County’s General Fund as well as the Tobacco Settlement. The El Dorado County animal shelter will take in abandoned, abused and surrendered animals and provide adoption services. Along with the new spay and neuter surgery center, the new shelter will be able to handle livestock on a temporary care basis.
The local nonprofit People for Animal Welfare in El Dorado County (PAWED) is helping fund the project and reported at today’s meeting that $72,000 in donations has been collected, so far. A special donor recognition policy was adopted by Board of Supervisors last fall, with 15 major donors helping to equip the facility. To learn more about PAWED and the Finishing Touches Campaign visit http://pawedpets.org/what-you-can-do/ where you can donate, specifying a particular shelter amenity such as cat condos or grooming equipment.
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