5/7/2013 4:13:00 PM Contribution brings shelter closer to reality
Adams County commissioners (from left) Jeff Stevens, John Marshall and Roger Hartwig present a check to Ernie Summers, ACPR. Also pictured (from left) are ACPR representatives Ellie Bergdahl, Cher Bergdahl (vice president), Jamie Krueger (shelter manager) and Ken Simmons. Photo by Briana Alzola.
With a donation of $20,000 from the Adams County commissioners, Adams County Pet Rescue is one step closer to their new facility, which may be able to break ground this summer, Ernie Summers, with ACPR, said. Several years ago, litigation with waste management left Adams County with a yearly settlement amount. They get $2,500 a month, which goes into a fund separate from the general fund. It is used for a program that will benefit the community of Adams County as a whole, commissioner Jeff Stevens said. By giving the money to ACPR, they can help people all over the county, which does not have an animal control department of its own. ACPR already gets $5,000 a year from this fund to help them with operations, feeding the animals and making sure they are up-to-date on shots and medical procedures. This additional money is to be used for construction only, getting the walls up on their building. It should not be used for any other parts of putting in the shelter, like the sewer system or utilities, Stevens said. While ACPR is not quite ready for this construction, they are getting closer and closer with each donation. The building location is out off Bench Road by the rodeo arena. It will provide more comfortable, inside housing and runs for the dogs taken in by ACPR, Summers said. It will also provide temporary housing for local feral cats. It will be much easier for interested people to stop by and meet the pets, hopefully giving them a better chance at being adopted, he said. Already in 2013, ACPR has taken in 250 dogs who were previously without a place to live, including several abandoned puppies, and have found or are finding homes for them. All the pets that can be adopted through ACPR can be found on their PetFinder page, www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=WA52. Updates on the animals and more can also be found on their Facebook page.