Saving city funds by helping furry friends
For seven years now, the Long Beach Police Department has sheltered stray cats and dogs instead of taking them over to the Humane Society, but why do they do this?
News 25’s Veronica Bayona has the full story.
Seven years ago, Long Beach Animal Control Officer Kerry Hall decided to introduce a new program to the animal control unit that would save the city and citizens thousands of dollars. “We’re holding the animals here in lieu of taking them to the Humane Society. It saves the city about $150 per animal that we don’t have to take up there.”
Today, the City of Long Beach has saved about 300,000 city dollars thanks to Officer Hall. It also saves the citizens the fee they would be charged by the Humane Society to get their pets back. “I would much rather give somebody their animal back here for free than them having to go somewhere and have to pay to get their own animal back.”
Officer Hall says he holds puppies for about three weeks with hopes that their owners will either come and get them or he’ll be able to get them a new home. “In 2017, we returned to owner 350, we adopted out 54 and then we are kind of in conjunction with the Humane Society with a cat program called the TNR, which is trap, neuter, and release. We did about 30 of those cats.”
Even those thinking about adopting a pet catch a break at the Long Beach Police Department because all the animals at the station can be adopted for free. “We’ll adopt to anybody. We just kind of want to ask them some questions and see what kind of home life they will give the animal, but like I say, we will adopt to anyone.”
Officer Hall says he hopes to save the City of Long Beach at least another $200,000 before he retires in four years.