The Bucksport Animal Shelter is functioning out of place.
Crafted in the 1980s, the two-building facility takes in shed or stray dogs and cats from 9 communities, but public basic safety officers who oversee the shelter not too long ago alerted city councilors that their mission is having harder as room gets tighter.
“Those structures are just simply also small for what we’re making an attempt to do,” Bucksport law enforcement Deputy Chief David Winchester advised the City Council last month.
There is been an increase in the quantity of strays, such as pregnant cats and their litters, and some pet dogs that have been difficult to get adopted. Considering that August, the shelter has taken in 63 cats. As of very last thirty day period, the shelter experienced 25 cats, but only 19 kennels.
“The past two a long time have found an uptick in strays, which may possibly have to do with the range of pets individuals obtained throughout COVID, but that is a guess,” City Supervisor Susan Lessard reported. “It has put far more tension on team and the facility.”
The shelter has been serving approximately the very same population sizing for a long time, nevertheless the amount of communities it serves increased when Hampden left about 5 years back and was changed by Stockton Springs, Penobscot and Winterport.
With space scarce, it’s grow to be practically unattainable to have a true quarantine location for any incoming sick animals and illnesses can unfold in the course of the shelter. That in transform can make it tougher to undertake the animals out.
“We really have not denied any individual that I know of, but we have experienced to operate genuinely tough to acquire in far more pets,” the town’s director of public basic safety, Sean Geagan, stated. “It’s just a subject of space and the selection of animals we’re actually having in at this level.”
The facility, following to the town transfer station, has been not too long ago upgraded, but is even now lacking in locations. There is no storage, rest room or laundry area at the shelter. Animal Management Officer Allyson Corriveau-Moore both brings products that want to be washed to the fireplace section or to her household to be laundered.
“It would be amazing if we could have a washer and dryer there,” she reported. “I believe the shelter is all set for a facelift.”
The Bangor Humane Society’s animal shelter recently underwent intensive renovations, going the entrance, improving upon facilities for animals and eliminating its incinerator.
Lessard prompt that the town seem at short- and prolonged-phrase alternatives. That could include much more fenced-in outdoor room for the animals, specifically pet dogs, when officials establish if an addition or total new facility is wanted.
She also lifted the concept of turning to the neighborhood for aid.
“There are a large amount of people who support this facility who are anxious that it’s as well modest and it’s not constructed to be what it’s supposed to be performing,” she stated.
The state’s humane agent has supplied the town with a preliminary design and style for a facility to get the ball rolling on ideas, according to Winchester.
The City Council’s infrastructure committee will go to the shelter prior to its January assembly and then glimpse above draft programs for a alternative building with office environment house, a toilet and exercise house for the animals. A ultimate selection on what to do would be up to the council.
“This is a company I assume that the city desires to nonetheless have,” Councilor Peter Stewart said. “I assume the future stage is to see what it is likely to price tag to fix this place up.”