‘No contract will be awarded until after the committee is assembled and have decided on how the pound will be run’ YEAH! I knew then we could all breathe a sigh of relief!
Most people will be interested in who will be representing animal welfare. The council executive said that the Dogs Trust would be asked to nominate two people. Although everyone is glad and grateful that Dogs Trust can take dogs once a month from the pound, that network has to be expanded as we said. PAWS, as well as the Dogs Trust are also already 'authorized' to take dogs from the pound and have held, cared for, neutered and rehomed many, at their own expense. This has revealed another crucial layer that needed to be observed before a more successful policy could be developed. That is that the pound has been closed to many organizations, who could and want to help. Next, we must hope and pray that this committee really commit to pooling the resources of animal lovers who have come to the fore. They have a great chance to coordinate an amazing cooperative including elements of training, rehabilitation, pet retention, responsible pet ownership, spay/neuter release programmes as well as making an income from licensing and possibly other grants (I think that other public money is available to trainees of the council, that could be utilized in building more kennels as skills are honed!