The much-anticipated grand opening of the city’s animal shelter has been delayed until September. It was previously planned that the facility would open in July.
This facility, still under construction, is located at Iron Rock and Union Park ways, in the vicinity of Grant Line Road and Highway 99.
City spokesperson Kristyn Laurence told the Citizen last week that a wet winter and minor construction delays led to a decision to change the grand opening date to sometime in September.
“Construction isn’t an exact science, and it is susceptible to delays, so they’re working very hard to kind of bring it online as quickly as possible,” she said. “But they’ve experienced a few delays, and so, we’re trying to work around that.”
Because Elk Grove’s current contract with the Sacramento County Animal Shelter on Bradshaw Road was set to expire on June 30, the contract was recently extended for some services, Laurence noted.
“We’re trying to take on the full operations as much as we can, so this transition plan is kind of what they came up with,” she said. “So, we’ll have some limited operations, and then we’ll expect full operations and a grand opening around September.”
During the Elk Grove City Council meeting on June 26, City Manager Jason Behrmann reported that the city’s Animal Services Department staff anticipates that it will be prepared to accept lost or abandoned animals, beginning on July 8, and transport them to the shelter.
Behrmann stressed that the date is tentative, and is thus “subject to change.”
Laurence noted that the public should not deliver animals to the facility until its grand opening.
“Because we’re still under construction, the public is unable to occupy the building just yet,” she said. “Our staff will be working in there, but its limited operations at the shelter until September, when we expect to be able to fully open the facility.”
Prior to September, the city will be presenting off-site pet adoption events and other off-site animal services such as microchipping and vaccinations.
Laurence mentioned that, during the transition before the animal shelter’s grand opening, Elk Grove residents who encounter lost and abandoned animals should call the police non-emergency number, (916) 714-5115.
“Our dispatchers will be working with Animal Services to send out Animal Services officers to pick up the animals and bring them to the shelter,” she said.
Animal adoption fees approved
During their June 26 meeting, the City Council approved an adoption fee schedule for animal services in Elk Grove.
Although a municipal code allows for the establishment of animal adoption fees in Elk Grove, the city previously never had a schedule for such fees, since it did not have its own animal shelter.
The approved fees were established based on those of other animal shelters in the area and on other considerations.
Fees include zero dollars to $40 for cats more than six months old, zero dollars to $75 for kittens, zero dollars to $100 for dogs more than 20 pounds, and zero dollars to $150 for dogs less than 20 pounds.
Rabbits will be available in the range of zero dollars to $25 each.
There is also a senior-rate fee for people purchasing animals and for animals 7 years old or older. That fee is zero dollars to $25.
Also approved was a fee of zero dollars to $2,000 for exotic, equine and livestock animals.
Paws for a Purpose
The Friends of the Elk Grove Animal Shelter and Elk Grove City Council Member Darren Suen on Sept. 21 will present Paws for a Purpose – a fundraiser to help pay for medical and dental expenses of animals in the Elk Grove community.
Intended to become an annual function, the event will include a dinner, auction and vendors.
This year’s dinner features prime rib or a vegetarian option, and the auctioneer will be Vice Mayor Pat Hume.
The event, which will cost $65 per person, will be held at the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation’s facility, 9040 High Tech Court, at 5 p.m.