Posted on April 27, 2011 by Joy of Living
As some of you in the Kansas City area know, the Halfway Home Animal Shelter will return to city management in a few days. There are concerns surrounding this change due to very high kill rates of shelter cats and dogs in this facility. Please see the letter from Michelle Harris, Director-KC Dog Advocates and heed the call to action she references.
Here is an excerpt from Michelle’s letter:
“On April 30, Veterinary Management Corp will end its two-year run managing the city shelter. As of yet, and RFP, Request for Proposal, hasn’t gone out yet to solicite new bids for the shelter management and the city is still gathering information on what they want the new contract to contain. This isn’t the worst idea as the city wants to, rightly, make sure they get the best people in charge of the shelter. But in the interim, going from bad to worse isn’t an acceptable option for the animals of our city.
Prior to VMC taking over the shelter, the city ran the shelter themselves and shelter kill rates, and willingness to work with the rescue community were very poor. At this point, it appears as if the city is planning on taking over the shelter management until a more permanent solution can be found via the RFP (a process that could take up to 6 months).
Please email these city lawmakers (some of these are assistant addresses) and city officials TODAY to let them know that this is an important matter. This is a bit of an odd time to reach out to the city officials but the current council will remain in office until next week, so they are the decision-makers until then. So here is the current contact info: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. City Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
, Neighborhood Services: email@example.com
For more information on the city council please see www.KCMO.org