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Vail Daily column: Changes at the animal shelter

Eagle County Board of Commissioners
Valley Voices

Cats and dogs. You love them, and we love them too. We’re going through some transitions at the Eagle County Animal Shelter and want to let you know what’s going on. Because of ongoing operational issues, including a ringworm outbreak that has been hard to shake, we are taking a time out to step back and evaluate. As a result, we have cut back on some services for the time being.

Animal control is operating at full strength, both in the county and through contracts for service within town boundaries. If there’s a stray dog, a dangerous animal or a lost pet, our staff is out patrolling and taking animals to the shelter. It’s up and running as a safe haven for our communities’ animals. Local law enforcement agencies are taking the lead in animal cruelty investigations, with Animal Services providing assistance as needed.

The big change is with adoption services, which are not currently being offered. We’re working with the Eagle Valley Humane Society, Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs and shelters in Rifle and Summit County to help local animals find their forever homes.

This change in our adoption services is an interim step. Animal Services is fully budgeted for the year and will continue to be funded. We are creating a model that works best for our residents and for our animals. We are taking this opportunity to explore alternative business models, partnership opportunities with local and regional entities and strategies for stable, sustainable operations. Different counties operate in different ways, and we look forward to this pause to find out what might work better for us.

We’d love to hear your ideas as we move forward with the next chapter in Eagle County Animal Services. Call or write to any one of us or to Deputy County Manager Aric Otzelberger, at 970-328-8605 or at

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners is Jeanne McQueeney, Kathy Chandler-Henry and Jill Ryan.

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