Letter: Eagle Valley Humane Society leaving shelter
We regret to inform the Eagle Valley community that the Eagle Valley Humane Society has been asked to leave the Eagle County Animal Shelter by Eagle County commissioners Arn Menconi, Peter Runyon, Sara Fisher and the county administrator Bruce Baumgartner.
After more than 20 years of working in conjunction with the Eagle County government, the commissioners are putting an end to this collaboration. Differences over standards in animal welfare created a rift which the commissioners concluded could only be resolved by removing our volunteer organization from the premises.
In the last 10 years the cooperation between the two entities enabled the shelter to achieve a unique no-kill status. We believe the actions taken by the county seriously affect the ability of the county shelter to maintain this designation.
The Eagle Valley Humane Society will continue our strong stance for animal welfare and helping animals in the county. Most of our programs will remain the same, but this change will undoubtedly lead to a need for new ones. Our foster homes network will continue to take in and adopt out homeless animals, our dog training program for adopted animals will continue, and our spay and neuter and medical assistance programs will continue as usual. Over the last two to three years we have felt it necessary to take on more care for animals than the county shelter was willing to accept.
We anticipate there will be a greater need for this service and will be seeking more foster homes and donations to provide for these endeavors. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions. We can surely use all of your input and help.
Our office will temporarily be located at Wags and Whiskers in Edwards. Our phone numbers and mailing address will remain the same. Phone: 328-7387. Cell: 280-5738. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Address: Eagle Valley Humane Society, Box 4105, Eagle, CO 81631.
Our 34-year tradition of helping animals will continue, thanks to the ongoing help of the community.
The Board of Directors, Eagle Valley Humane Society
William Loper, President, Ann Loper, Marie Shipley, Helen McIntyre, Joe Stearns, Linda Stearns, Sally Jackle, Diana Johnson
Stephanie Samuelson, Vicky Calhoun
Char Quinn, Executive Director