Self-sustaining for years, the only money they have received for their budget comes from dog registrations, fines, fees and donations, not from taxes, Boone County Animal Services has a building that is completely innadequate by today's standards for companion animal care.
Large cracks in the floor trap bacteria and inadequate drainage means animals sleep in their own filth in the winter when it is too cold to go outside. Parasites and disease can spread through the chain link kennels. Sick and injured animals, as well as aggressive animals, are housed right next to healthy strays waiting for their families to come and take them back home and owner surrenders waiting to be adopted or sent to a rescue.
Would you want your pet housed in these conditions if they stray? Say a car in your neighborhood backfires or fireworks scare your pet you thought would never leave your yard, a four legged member of your family you love and have spent hundreds, thousands of dollars on, and now in fear they run. Would you want them to go to a place where in just a few hours they could pick up worms or contract a disease?
Even if you don't have a pet Boone County Animal Services is providing you as a citizen of the community with service. Pets are required by law to be vaccinated against rabbies keeping our community healthier and safer. Animal Services works to enforce this law. Stray animals can become feral and if not spayed or neutered increase in number. Stray dogs can form packs that run wild. These animals can then become a problem. Animal Services works to protect the public and these animals from this happening. They give the public peace of mind and rescue strays getting them back home or into new homes before it's too late!
*Animal Services also offers a limited number of low cost spay and neuter vouchers, microchipping and nail trimming. These low cost services help pet owners keep their pets healthy and safe off the streets.
Animal Services is a necessary and a truly important part of the community which we all share. Everyone agrees something must be done. Thousands of dollars donated by individuals and hundreds of man hours donated by volunteers and staff at the shelter have already been poured into a facility that was never designed to be a shelter. It was purchased years ago when a veterinarian closed his practice, in what is seemingly a mobile home, and the county wanted a quick temporary fix to needing a shelter situation for its animal services department. Now years later animals and staff at the shelter continue to suffer from this buildings inability to serve the purpose it was determined it would serve.
A new shelter can be built on Route 76. The county already owns this land. The total cost of the shelter build is $713,000. The referendum includes the cost of interest incurred by the county and brings the total project to $800,000. This is for a basic, clean, healthy facilty for the animals and staff. It will have just enough space to accomodate incoming and adoption dogs seperately, giving them appropriate indoor and outdoor space. There will be a space for cats, something Boone County despite all of its feline friends has never had before. There will be a room for assessment and bathing of animals and offices for staff, as well as a lobby for individuals coming in to register or reclaim their animals and two adoption rooms. This is the two phase shelter plan that has been approved and the shelter that Boone County's animals and residents have been waiting for. This new shelter design includes the possibilty of two additional phases that could be added later on if they were to be deemed necessary and a community asset. This will never be an option at the current site which is too small to accomodate reasonable expansion, and is set back off of South Appleton Road so that it is almost invisable to the community.
The majority of the members of the Boone County Board, Democrat and Republican, have said if we work together we can get this referendum passed. Please help us by supporting this effort to improve the quality of the care and services Boone County provides its four legged companions as well as its two legged citizens!
PLEASE VOTE YES ON THE NEW ANIMAL SERVICES SHELTER REFERENDUM IN NOVEMBER !!!
AFSBC Thanks You for Your Support
***Animal Friends Society is looking for active volunteers. Please attend our next meeting and find out how you can help AFSBC continue to help local animals. AFSBC has Board positions available for active members!***
Our next Society meeting is Thursday,
Nov. 20th, at 6:30 p.m., 8200 Fairgrounds Road
Animal Friends Society's mission is to rescue animals in need, control pet overpopulation with spay and neuter programs, and enhance people's relationships with animals through responsible pet ownership education and assistance. Accomplishing that mission can only happen with your support. Please Donate Now.
RECEIVE a SPAY or NEUTER COUPON for a FAMILY PET!
Too many born, too many abandoned. Please help us fight the tragedy of overpopulation. Have your dog or cat spayed or neutered. We can help you with the cost.
Our next Society meeting will take place Thursday, Nov. 20th, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., 8200 Fairgrounds Road, Belvidere Township.