On March 2, 2015, the Newberg City Council approved the lease contract with the Newberg Animal Shelter Friends (NASF) to operate the animal shelter. We've been maintaining the shelter and its operations for the past few months and now that the contract is approved, we can move forward with our operations planning.
Our first order of business, is to hire a shelter manager to manage the daily work load. With this position filled, we hope to have longer open hours, especially on the weekend. Twelve volunteers have been operating the shelter, as well as, caring for their own families, animals and jobs. It's been a fun and rewarding few months. The volunteers will continue to care for the animals and work with the shelter manager to grow the business to provide more services to the community and allow the shelter to become self sustaining.
There's much work to be accomplished over the next few months. The shelter and NASF websites (including the FaceBook sites) have been merged to: www.newberganimals.com. We are very pleased with the feedback we've received.
We appreciate your continued support and please check our website for events and announcements.
We are very excited to be involved with the Newberg Animal Shelter and that it will continue to provide services to the community. Over the past few months, it's been obvious there's a need for animal services within Yamhill County. We have adopted dogs and cats as far away as Alaska, Seattle and throughout the Portland Metro Area.
How do we measure success? Over 50 dogs & cats from the Newberg Animal Shelter (NAS) have found new homes since July 1st of this year.
It may not be as many adoptions as the larger humane society's manage, but for a new small grass roots shelter, this seems huge. With a small core group of committed volunteers, NAS is busy at work, continuing to care for stray and surrendered animals.
The Board of Directors of Newberg Animal Shelter Friends (NASF) are continuing to negotiate a contract with the City of Newberg for the leasing of the animal shelter building. While the negotiations have not dampened the enthusiasm of the shelter volunteers, work at the shelter continues. We've seen how important it is that the shelter remain in operation. Many stray kittens, malnourished and weak, have been brought to us by citizens and veterinarians. Stray dogs in the area, hurt, scared and starving, have been brought to us for care. Without our organization, who will help these animals? There's a need for our organization and we see proof of this almost every day.
We've made great progress with organizational changes and interior finish work in our new building, but two big things are still needed. 1) An HVAC System to provide proper ventilation to the animals and allow us to intake more animals. 2) Hiring a shelter manager which will allow the shelter to be open additional hours and increase the services we can offer the community. All efforts will be made in these two areas, in order to be successful and sustain shelter operations.
Thank you for allowing us to experience this important work.
It's been a warm summer in the shelter without air conditioning and ventilation, but we've had plenty of fans going.
As stated in our last report, as of July 1st, the City of Newberg has eliminate the Animal Control Program from the city budget. This has been a hard reality to face for the City and for NASF. The Animal Control officer has been the director and mentor for the shelter volunteers. To continue utilizing the new building and provide animal services, volunteers will continue to operate the shelter. Thankfully, the Animal Control Officer is volunteering and guiding us through the transition to become a fully functional ALL volunteer operated animal shelter.
This past month, NASF and the City of Newberg have been working on the lease contract. We need to lease the City Shelter in order to 'operate' the shelter without City involvement. This is a big undertaking. We are training new volunteers and creating the ground work to be ready for the signing and completion of the contract. Until the contract is signed, the volunteers are working together to continue with personal surrenders, holding strays and doing adoptions. It's important to continue to care for the animals while undergoing this operational transition.
Please refer to the shelter website for the latest news, operational hours and adoptable pets from the Newberg Animal Shelter.
Please continue to support the shelter during this transition period. The services provided by the shelter is important to the City of Newberg, Dundee and by the County. It is our goal to insure many of these services are still available and still provide care of our local animals.