Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS) will move its adoption center from the city-owned shelter facility in Delta to a temporary location effective Jan. 1, 2014, while the organization launches a capital campaign to build a countywide animal shelter.
For almost two years, CAWS has operated its adoption center in partnership with the City of Delta and the city's animal control division.
The work both groups have performed together has been very successful, so successful, in fact, it has precipitated the need to rethink the role both organizations have played in animal control, sheltering and adoption in the city and county of Delta.
In 2012, CAWS and the Delta Police Department processed almost 250 animals including returned impoundments, quarantines, evidence holds, and adoptions. This is the highest number of intake in history for both CAWS and the Delta Police Department. And the numbers continue to grow. CAWS estimates that its shelter staff has needed to turn away 55% of callers who live outside the city limits and Delta Animal Control has grown its impoundment operations far beyond the six-kennel limit provided for in the CAWS/city operations agreement.
It's for this reason that CAWS will be moving its operations, thereby providing essential space for the City of Delta to accommodate a large animal control need and, in turn, allowing CAWS to develop a long-term plan to build and operate a countywide shelter.
CAWS and the City of Delta plan to continue their partnership through the transfer of adoptable animals picked up by Delta animal control and not returned or reclaimed by owners. CAWS plans to develop similar partnerships with Delta County and other area towns.
CAWS will immediately begin a capital fund-raising campaign kicking off with a silent auction at the Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia Sept. 26-29. Donations can be mailed to CAWS, P.O. Box 1736, Paonia, CO 81428.blog comments powered by Disqus