Ever wonder what happens to stray dogs and cats in this area?I never worried about it. Infact, I didn’t really see an issue. Turns out, the reason I didn’t see hundreds of loose animals running wild through the city and county is because the Josephine County Animal Shelter quietly works every day to make sure that doesn’t happen.
In fact, in 2013 the animal shelter took in over 1700 dogs and cats, plus some other weird cases like alpacas, goats, pigs, and rabbits. In fact, they received on average 147 dogs and cats every month. That’s36animals every week. Or 5 animals every single day!That’s a lot of animals. And amazingly, they found homes for over 700 of those animals. They do all that work with only 1.6 Full Time Equivalent workers, who also take care of the animals housed in the shelter until they can find homes for them.
How do they fund all that work? With difficulty.
Only 10% of their budget is funded from the county right now, while 40% is funded through charging of services and the remainder trickles in from other grant sources. With the overwhelming load they are faced with every single day, they are in desperate need of additional funding to allow for much-needed staff.
To support the efforts of the Animal Shelter, there is a proposed levy for the May ballot, asking for 8 cents per $1000 of assessed property tax value. For an average home of $150,000, that would cost the homeowner $12.00 per year, or one dollar a month. With those funds, they can continue serving the county and handling the constant demand of animals needing shelter,and providing families across the county with animals for adoption.
To me it makes a lot of sense.