At the Jan. 24 Idaho County Commissioners meeting Alaina Redenbo and Karin Vetter, of Animal Rescue Basis (ARF), questioned for the commissioners’ assistance in addressing the cat and canine overpopulation dilemma in Idaho County. (ARF board members Terri Tackett, Rhonda Schacher and Dorene George also attended the assembly).
Redenbo stated ARF desired to begin a dialogue and hoped to get assist from the commissioners for their goals of establishing a canine and cat shelter. She explained the challenge as county-large and not just in the cities. ARF responds to two to a few phone calls per working day, according to Redenbo.
She said while the corporation was at first formed in 2014 primarily to establish a neighborhood animal shelter, they at present give immediate expert services. A vital concentrate for ARF is getting homes for dogs and cats via brief-expression foster care, area adoptions and transfers of animals to out-of-city shelters. To cut down unwanted litters, they give spay/neuter clinics and deliver vouchers to very low-money, senior citizens and veterans to spay or neuter their animals. ARF relocates feral cats by way of their TNVR (entice-neuter-vaccinate-launch) method. They also distribute donated pet food stuff.
Due to the fact ARF provides in far more animals than individuals can undertake locally, they have a good partnership with both SpokAnimals in Spokane, Clean., and McPaws in McCall. ARF transfers dogs and cats to these shelters for adoption, a whole of 638 animals in the past two years (in addition to 92 local adoptions).
“That’s amazing they can adopt that several, which is excellent,” said commissioner Skip Brandt, impressed by the amount of transfers.
Though ARF thought that the metropolis of Grangeville would offer them land to construct a shelter, this is no lengthier an choice. Redenbo mentioned they are desirable to the county for aid as pet and cat overpopulation is a county-vast issue. Redenbo and Vetter described the need to have in the Grangeville area for a 600-1,000 sq. ft. developing on fifty percent-acre to a person-acre property with access to h2o, sewer and electrical energy.
“You have our help, but we never have land or facilities,” stated Brandt, he then defined the county’s airport land and properties were only for airport purposes.
Commissioner Ted Lindsley questioned Redenbo and Vetter about ARF’s fundraising and regardless of whether they could build a facility if they experienced the land. Redenbo mentioned it would be a possibility and that once they experienced a footprint they could broaden.
When Brandt requested why there are two different animal rescue teams in the county – Animal Ark and Animal Rescue Foundation – Redenbo spelled out ARF began with the intention of creating a shelter. They soon recognized they required to present the progress that they are aiding animals. She acknowledged the two groups perform intently alongside one another but have formulated their individual grant resources.
“I commend you fellas for stepping up, and it is a will need,” mentioned Brandt.