(Apple Valley)–Beginning January 1, the Town of Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter will provide services to residents and pets of unincorporated areas of the Victor Valley.
The ten-year agreement, which was approved by both the Town of Apple Valley and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors last month, will provide services, animal medical care and space in the Town’s animal shelter for as many as 3,350 animals per year.
The County will contribute an initial sum of $35,000 to pay for shelter modifications and equipment to house the additional animals. Monthly contract fees of about $25,000 will provide for the extra staffing, food, vaccinations and spay/neuter services that will be incurred.
The shelter opened in 2010, anticipating the Town’s needs for the next 20 years. With the County contract, the shelter will near capacity within the first year, so payment for additional capital improvements will be negotiated in future years.
“The service provided to our citizens will not diminish, and our commitment to placing animals into permanent loving homes remains,” said Gina Schwin-Whiteside, animal services manager. “We look forward to offering the same level of service to those in our neighboring unincorporated areas as well.”
Apple Valley Animal Services offers many programs to encourage responsible pet ownership, including incentives to spay or neuter. The County will be invited and encouraged to contribute to these efforts for their citizens as well.
“Both agencies must actively work to educate residents so that we may reduce the number of impounds,” said Schwin-Whiteside.
The animal shelter is located at 22131 Powhatan Road south of Highway 18 at Quinnault Road. The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on shelter services call (760) 240-7000 x7555 or visit www.AVAnimals.org.