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Animal Rescue Foundation Highlights Need for Facilities to Meet Area’s Needs | News

At the January 24 meeting of Idaho County Commissioners, Alaina Redenbo and Karin Vetter of the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) asked for the commissioners’ help in addressing the overpopulation of cats and dogs. in Idaho County. (ARF board members Terri Tackett, Rhonda Schacher and Dorene George also attended the meeting).

Redenbo said the ARF wanted to start a dialogue and hoped to gain the commissioners’ support for their goals of creating a shelter for dogs and cats. She described the problem county-wide and not just in cities. ARF answers two to three calls a day, according to Redenbo.

She said that although the organization was originally created in 2014 primarily to establish a local animal shelter, it currently offers direct services. One of ARF’s main goals is to find homes for dogs and cats through short-term foster care, local adoptions, and transfers of animals to outside shelters. from the city. To reduce unwanted litters, they offer spaying clinics and provide vouchers for low-income seniors and veterans to spay or neuter their pets. ARF moves feral cats through its TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-release) program. They also distribute donated animal feed.

Since the ARF brings in more animals than people can adopt locally, they have a great partnership with SpokAnimals in Spokane, Washington, and McPaws in McCall. The ARF is transferring dogs and cats to these shelters for adoption, a total of 638 animals over the past two years (in addition to 92 local adoptions).

“It’s amazing that they can adopt so many, it’s great,” said commissioner Skip Brandt, impressed by the number of transfers.

Although the ARF believed that the town of Grangeville would provide them with land to build a shelter, that is no longer an option. Redenbo said they are appealing to the county for help because dog and cat overpopulation is a county-wide problem. Redenbo and Vetter explained the need in the Grangeville area for a 600 to 1,000 square foot building on a half to one acre property with access to water, sewer and electricity.

“You have our support, but we don’t have any land or facilities,” Brandt said, he then explained that the county airport land and buildings were for the airport only.

Commissioner Ted Lindsley asked Redenbo and Vetter about ARF fundraising and whether they could build a facility if they had the land. Redenbo said that would be a possibility and once they have a footprint they could expand.

When Brandt asked why there were two separate animal rescue groups in the county – Animal Ark and Animal Rescue Foundation – Redenbo explained that the ARF started with the intention of building a shelter. They soon realized they had to show the progress they were making to help the animals. She acknowledged that the two groups work closely together but have developed their own sources of grants.

“I commend you for stepping up, and that’s a need,” Brandt said.