AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) – The City of Waynesboro put out a request for proposals on Oct. 19 in hopes of discovering somebody to take over obligations of the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center (SVASC).
Some animal lovers and advocates in the Valley are apprehensive about what this might imply for the way forward for the common animal shelter. SVASC at present serves Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro, and many individuals in the SAW area work with them to volunteer and foster.
Renee Clark, who’s on the Board of Directors with Cats Cradle, mentioned studying about the request was startling. She mentioned in the event that they transfer ahead with the bid, the shelter can be managed by a non-public entity.
“We weren’t sure why the RFP was put out. What problems they were trying to solve?” Clark mentioned.
Sonja Musser is a foster and volunteer by SVASC. She and her husband, Jason Clarke, had questions, too.
They mentioned they hope the shelter is ready to preserve the excessive save-rate SVASC has now. Clarke, Musser, and Clark all famous the present save-rate is about 97%.
“People should be concerned because there should be a condition of at least over 90% save rate, ideally the save rate they’re able to maintain right now,” Clark mentioned.
They mentioned the documentation ought to require that.
“If it does get privatized we just want to make sure that as many animals are saved as are currently saved right now,” Clark mentioned.
Musser mentioned the present employees at SVASC are devoted to creating life-saving modifications, and he or she worries somebody new wouldn’t make the identical efforts.
“We’re worried that whoever would come in to manage the shelter wouldn’t have the same life-saving philosophies that we have worked so hard to have at this shelter,” Musser mentioned.
But Musser mentioned their progress isn’t a sign of how a lot assist they’ve. The shelter is hiring in lots of positions, together with a director.
“They’ve been operating in crisis mode for some time now. They’re still doing great. They’re doing amazing work and continuing to have a very high save rate,” Musser mentioned.
Musser and Clarke mentioned they hope any individual in authority making choices for the shelter think about greater than cash.
“We don’t want them to go back to a situation where thousands of animals a year are euthanized,” Musser mentioned.
Clark, Musser and Clarke mentioned they’ll proceed to succeed in out to officers and attend board and council conferences to ensure their voices are heard.
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