From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: The following is an update from the Animal Services Evaluation Committee and provides actions taken since the May 14, 2013 Board of Commissioners’ meeting. There was a site visit meeting today [May 23] and tomorrow there will be a final evaluation committee meeting. There will be a final meeting tomorrow, May 24, 2013.
From Wardell Castle via the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association: LifeLine Animal Project, who recently was awarded the contract to operate the Fulton County Animal Shelter, has been awarded the contract to run DeKalb County Animal Shelter with a tentative start date of July 1. This is a HUGE victory for DeKalb pets and for the residents of DeKalb County.
From District 1 commissioner Elaine Boyer: LifeLine is up to five adoption events a week, and could really use some extra help! Weather permitting, each week they are attempted to schedule a minimum of one Friday event in the late afternoon, and two late morning/early afternoon events on both Saturdays and Sundays. The locations and times are tweaked a bit from week to week, so if your schedule doesn't work out one week, it very well might the next! Event volunteers help setup on site, walk pups, and speak to potential adopters about specific dogs.
From OneDekalb, the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment:
From Joe Earle in the Reporter Newspapers: "DeKalb County officials have placed two north DeKalb neighborhoods on alert after rabid raccoons were found in the areas. Officials said the two animals were captured near Ragley Hall Road in Brookhaven and Harts Mills Court in Chamblee. ...
From wsbtv.com: "DeKalb County commissioners have decided to table a decision on changes to an animal shelter that some call a “House of Horrors.” Animal advocates showed up to a county commissioners meeting Tuesday hoping lawmakers would move forward with a larger, better site, but officials decided to hold off on making a decision...." [Read more]
From Clairemont Great Lakes Association neighbor Wardell Castles (See also this AJC article.): "Following an outcry from DeKalb citizens, the DeKalb Animal Services Task Force was commissioned by the CEO and commissioners to assess conditions and determine reasons for our high euthanasia rate.
From the county CEO's office. "Brooklyn comes with a $250 training package at Frogs to Dogs. She is sponsored by the Paideia High School Homeless Pets Club. Please come see Brooklyn; she would love to be your forever companion and snuggle up with you...." [Editor's note: We adopted a stray pit bull about a year ago who looks very much like this one, and he turned out, contrary to all the pit bull stories we heard, to be a great dog -- people loving, playful, and smart. With some basic obedience training, he sits, heels, stays, and ignores other dogs on command. If we had the room, we'd adopt this one too.]
Forwarded from several Dekalb rescue groups via the Sagamore Hills neighborhood listserv: WE ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING ALL FUNDING FOR THE NEW SHELTER. Please read the info below. Sonali, who is on the Advisory Board has taken the time to write a very informative summary. We have worked tooooooo long and come this far to lose at the 11th hour. It does not take much time to send an email to the commissioners. At the last BOC meeting, very poorly attended by Advocates, the vote on this was deferred.
The Board will vote on the issue next Tuesday morning, April 9th.