Placer County’s animal shelters in Auburn and Tahoe Vista will no longer be open to the public on Mondays beginning May 10.
Both shelters will continue to be open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The schedule change is in response to a reduction in state funding for the shelters. In July 2009, the state suspended funding for certain shelter activities mandated by state legislation enacted in 1998. Placer County had been receiving about $141,000 per year to help support those activities.
“This plan will help us stay within our budget and provide services in a way that best meets the needs of residents and their animals,” said Dr. Mark Starr, Director of Community Health, Clinics and Animal Services in the Placer County Health and Human Services Department. The department’s Animal Services Division receives about 7,000 calls annually from citizens requesting animal control assistance.
“It will not affect our ability to respond to calls from the public, because the schedules of animal control officers will not change. We will continue working closely with our community partners to maintain our high animal adoption rates.”
Dr. Starr emphasized the new shelter schedule is aimed at being as convenient as possible for the public. Both shelters, for example, will remain open on Saturdays and the Auburn shelter will continue to stay open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. This will maintain the flexible opportunities for lost pets to be reclaimed by their owners, and for animals to be adopted out to new owners.
The new schedules were approved by the Board of Supervisors at its April 6 meeting.
The Auburn Shelter is located at 11251 B Ave, in the County’s Auburn Government Center, a complex commonly known as the DeWitt Center. The Tahoe Vista Shelter is at 849 Shelter Road.
Placer County’s shelters:
· House and care for stray and unwanted animals;
· Place adoptable animals in new homes;
· Help the public with lost or found animals;
· Coordinate foster-home and volunteer programs; and
· Provide dog licenses.