The City of Republic has begun the process of building on a new animal shelter.
The city said the reason for the new shelter is connected to their growing population and the resulting increase of pets in the community overwhelming the previous facility.
Republic officials say in a press statement that since 2013 they have processed more than 3,000 cats and dogs. The city says they have been able to get 96% of those animals adopted by local families, returned to their owners, or transferred to rescue programs.
The city says when they transfer animals to other shelters in the area it costs taxpayers $55 per animal, or about $15,000 per year.
The funds for the new shelter will come from the 1/4 Capital Improvement Sales Tax that Republic voters approved in 2017. The city used funds to purchase the land for the new shelter next to a current city facility containing a maintenance garage and a water tower.
Bidding for the actual building construction will open September 5th, however city staff are already working on renovations of a 2,365 square foot building on the site that housed a daycare center. They will be working the building into the new structure as it would be “the best way to save money and be a good steward of taxpayer dollars.”
The new facility will not be a “no-kill” shelter and the city’s policies regarding animals will not change when the new facility is completed. The estimate date for the new facility to be ready is spring or summer 2020.