(Victor Valley)– – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved a 10-year contract with the Town of Apple Valley to provide animal shelter services to the unincorporated areas of the Victor Valley.
“This contract provides for the County’s Animal Care and Control program to have access to the state-of-the-art shelter recently constructed by the Town of Apple Valley,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “Residents of unincorporated Victor Valley areas will now have easy, one-stop access to recover lost pets and adopt new animals, while the cats, dogs and other small animals will be housed in a comfortable, modern facility with dedicated and caring staff to look after them. This is another great example of regional cooperation to provide high-quality public services at the most affordable cost to the taxpayer.”
The County does not own or operate an animal shelter in the High Desert, and instead, contracts with the City of Hesperia and a private vendor to take in lost and abandoned cats and dogs from unincorporated areas of the Victor Valley. This agreement will provide a single, central location for those services. The agreement took effect January 1, 2013.
The total annual cost for the contract for the initial period of January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013 is $183,875 and includes $35,000 for one-time purchases of additional equipment and cages. Each subsequent fiscal year, the County’s cost will be based on an annual rate of $297,750 plus the Consumer Price Index increase for each corresponding year.