County animal shelter has new schedule

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Beginning May 10, Pacer County’s animal shelter in Auburn will no longer be open to the public on Mondays. The shelter, located at 11251 B Avenue in Auburn, will continue to be open Tuesdays through Saturdays. The schedule change is in response to a reduction in state funding for the shelters. In July 2009, the state suspended funding for certain shelter activities mandated by state legislation enacted in 1998. Placer County had been receiving about $141,000 per year to help support those activities. “This plan will help us stay within our budget and provide services in a way that best meets the needs of residents and their animals,” said Dr. Mark Starr, Director of Community Health, Clinics and Animal Services in the Placer County Health and Human Services Department. The department’s Animal Services Division receives about 7,000 calls annually from citizens requesting animal control assistance. “It will not affect our ability to respond to calls from the public, because the schedules of animal control officers will not change. We will continue working closely with our community partners to maintain our high animal adoption rates.” The Monday closure also applies to the county shelter in Tahoe Vista. The shelters house and care for stray and unwanted animals; Place adoptable animals in new homes; help the public with lost or found animals; coordinate foster-home and volunteer programs; and provide dog licenses. - Staff report