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Menlo Park council requests more data before voting on animal shelter funding

Original post made on Apr 9, 2014

Animal control services are important -- no one on the Menlo Park council disputes that -- but what they are disputing is who should provide them to the city and at what cost.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10:17 AM

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Posted by concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Wasn't a new facility built within the last few years? I don't think the city should commit to this; the city is already in financial trouble. If Santa Clara is closer, we should contract with their facility

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Posted by ImConcerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I'm concerned that you think the city is in financial trouble. The city has nearly a 50% budget reserve. Best practices dictate 20-25% should be the goal. Menlo Park is doing great! In regards to a Santa Clara shelter...Great! What about the animal care service provider?!?! Service and facility are very much reliant on each other. San Mateo Co. Will not provide the service and ship the animals to Santa Clara. That would be a complete change in the City's existing policy... Maybe a good idea? Maybe-- but that needs lots of consideration.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Apr 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Why do you think that the Santa Clara Co place is closer? They use the Milpitas facility, don't they?

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Posted by Older mom
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 9, 2014 at 8:47 pm

The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA is a non-profit whose aim is to find a home for all healthy animals without one. It neuters animals it adopts out, provides low cost neutering and vaccinations for those who cannot afford a private vet to help keep animals in the home they have. It also provides medical care for animals needing it. For many years they were at a facility near the airport which was not only old but unfriendly to potential adopters - many animals in a single cage all attempting to get attention from those walking by.

A fund raising drive was held and a new facility was opened on so far as I know no government money was used at the new center on Rollins Drive. However, the old facility (owned by the county) is still used for services mostly related to animal control. PHS&SPCA has indicated to the county they don't want to sign another contract until that facility is replaced. To see functions provided at each facility use link Web Link

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Posted by Uh-oh
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Imaconcerned makes a great point. Why does the City of Menlo Park hold a 50% reserve fund when best practices dictate 20-25%. That is TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars that could be used to provide other services or given back to the taxpayers.

Thats the real story. It would be great for the Alamanac to ask City Leaders about this issue. It needs to come to light.

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