Update on Hamilton Animal Shelter:
Hamilton Hires Independent Consultant for Animal Shelter Assessment, is
Finalizing Agreement for Shelter Veterinarian
Illustrating the community’s desire
to ensure high quality standards and humane operations at its public Animal
Shelter, Hamilton Township has hired an independent consultant for an
assessment of its shelter’s operations and is close to finalizing an agreement
for a supervising shelter veterinarian.
Humane Pennsylvania - which
according to its website is the region’s largest partnership of animal welfare
organizations – will provide the Township with a private assessment of its
shelter operations, focusing on key areas that officials hope to improve. After analyzing information and data on the
facility, the organization will tour the shelter, discuss current practices
with staff and work with stakeholders to determine priorities to address. Within two to four weeks of its site visit,
Humane Pennsylvania will provide officials with a final assessment. The cost of the complete independent
assessment is $5,000.
“We have made the decision to go
above and beyond what needed to be addressed at our facility and, through the
services of Humane Pennsylvania, welcome the organization’s independent
assessment and recommendations so that we ensure our shelter meets the highest
possible standards,” says Mayor Kelly Yaede.
In addition, Hamilton officials are
finalizing an agreement for a supervising shelter veterinarian, which could be
completed within the next week. Once the
agreement is finalized, the Township will formally announce the new
veterinarian. Hamilton Township’s Animal
Shelter has continued to use the services of a local animal hospital while
finalizing a new supervising veterinarian and has also consulted with State
officials during the process.
These actions follow the town’s
efforts to address all documented issues from a summer facility inspection, as
well as additional, proactive measures that officials believe will improve
operations. Those measures include
electronic documentation of shelter pet records, new operational procedures,
expanded volunteer opportunities and a move toward what is referred to as
‘no-kill’ practices – which included the suspension of euthanasia services for
terminally ill pets that were brought to the facility by their owners in order
to be humanely put to rest (this change was a direct result from the State
inspection that questioned holding periods for shelter animals that are
required by state law).