Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

April 24, 2013

Editorial: Deal between county, Cherryland makes sense

The old “win-win” thing is so tired it hardly has meaning any more. But the deal between Grand Traverse County and the Cherryland Humane Society qualifies.

It’s public-private cooperation that makes sense, can make both entities more efficient and does the right thing by animal owners and their pets, all at a minimum increase in taxpayer costs.

Under the deal the county will get out of the animal shelter business and close its Keystone Road animal shelter; its animal control officers will focus more on doing their primary jobs — taking in strays and picking up dangerous animals.

Cherryland will be paid $27,000 per year to board an average of 343 animals — which is its primary job. It will be paid more for emergency treatment and laboratory testing of impounded animals. Each additional county animal will cost $10 per day. The county figures it will cost an additional $5,000 to $10,000 a year, but it also gets its animal control officers back on the job. That’s a plus.

Pet owners will also be able to pick up lost pets on Saturdays, which they couldn’t do when the county ran the shelter. For families looking to be reunited with lost pets that’s worth the price right there.

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