Animal shelter partners with county

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Town of Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter will provide services to residents and pets of unincorporated areas of the Victor Valley beginning Jan. 1.

The 10-year agreement, which was approved by both the Town of Apple Valley and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors last month, will provide services, animal medical care and space in the town's animal shelter for as many as 3,350 animals per year.

The County will contribute an initial sum of $35,000 to pay for shelter modifications and equipment to house the additional animals. Monthly contract fees of about $25,000 will provide for the extra staffing, food, vaccinations and spay/neuter services that will be incurred, according to a town news release.

The shelter opened in 2010, anticipating the Town’s needs for the next 20 years. With the County contract, the shelter will near capacity within the first year, so payment for additional capital improvements will be negotiated in future years.

"The service provided to our citizens will not diminish, and our commitment to placing animals into permanent loving homes remains,” Gina Schwin-Whiteside, animal services manager, said in a news release. “We look forward to offering the same level of service to those in our neighboring unincorporated areas as well.

The animal shelter is located at 22131 Powhatan Road south of Highway 18 at Quinnault Road. The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on shelter services call (760) 240-7000 x7555 or visit www.AVAnimals.org. To adopt a pet in the High Desert, click on Petfinder.com.