Well, hot diggity damn, it looks like the Va Beach City Council has a damn fine idea on the table. I believe that where the shelter is located now is actually on Va Beach Police Department property. Once the new shelter has been finished and everyone has been moved in, get the old shelter torn down. I'm sure the VBPD would be able to use that property for training or other purposes. The land doesn't have to go to waste.
I really hope they move forward with it for a few reasons:
I suppose that if the city pours an extreme amount of money into the new shelter, then adoption prices might have to be raised. But in all honesty, $20-25 for a spayed or neutered animal sounds like a hell of a good price to me. I am biased...pet adoption is the only way to buy love. But then again, you can't beat what the SPCA is doing...WVEC reported there are so many cats and kittens at the Va Beach SPCA is offering free adoptions with some guidelines.
"Mayor Will Sessoms says maybe the city can partner with the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to build a new shelter and share services." I hope Mayor Sessoms isn't talking for the sake of a soundbite, considering according to "...Sharon Adams, SPCA executive director...conversations with the city are 'very fluid,' she said. 'Nobody's agreed to anything or talked money.'"
The city of Va Beach needs to treat their animal control shelter like the investment it is. One way or another, Va Beach needs to find a way to make this work out for Animal Control, and in this case, it's going to require the city to spend some money on it. This is not a business or a charity that's bleeding money. Their current building has served it's purpose and needs to be replaced. Animal Control is not just about adopting out animals that have been turned in, or picking up strays. "The mission of the Virginia Beach Bureau of Animal Control is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of the people and animals in our City.
"Our mission is accomplished by working with our citizens and other animal welfare organizations; by enforcing the domestic animals laws of our Commonwealth and our City, providing educational programs and humanely providing care, nourishment and a safe environment for the unwanted, stray, abused and abandoned animals in our City.
"We will educate the public about responsible companion animal ownership, aggressively investigate animal cruelty cases, find homes for the homeless animals and humanely euthanize the unwanted animals in our community."