Under my administration the County’s Animal Shelter, which in 2017 came under the control of the Sheriff’s Office, will become a No Kill Shelter. A "no-kill"shelter by definition, is an animal shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even when the shelter is full, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety.
Our shelter currently euthanizes 32% of all dogs and 48% of all cats that come to the shelter. The Shelter told the Pilot “When they face overcrowding, their only option is to euthanize animals.” Really?? That’s typical bureaucratic thinking, because there are other options. On my first day as your next Sheriff, our shelter will become a no kill shelter. I already have hundreds of volunteers ready to help foster our defenseless four-legged friends. We will call in the many rescue groups across our state to help find homes for our animals, plus we will be at adoption points in our community 7 days a week seeking homes for our animals. The shelter will also be open 7 days a week, and evenings during the week. I can't tell you how many people have told me that they have called the shelter wanting to volunteer, only to hear nothing in return. I will welcome all volunteers. Every dog will be socialized and trained daily by volunteers and select inmates, to make them more adoptable. The shelter will be heavily promoted by my three radio stations, and other media oulets, to make sure every animal finds a forever home.