Northern Animal Rescue (NAR) has been awarded another six-month contract to perform animal control in La Ronge.
At a regular council meeting Wednesday, a delegation led by NAR Chairperson Genevieve Candelora made their case as to why the organization should be given the contract until the end of June 2019. Candelora told council they were looking to sign another contract under the same terms as they have plans to approach Air Ronge and Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) councils to request core funding soon.
“We didn’t want to extend beyond that at this point because we are hoping within six months we can [meet] with Air Ronge and the LLRIB to hopefully get a little bit more support from the other two communities,” she said. “They don’t give a lot to our operations, it’s a per animal fee they pay us.”
While council did discuss some of the recent statistics from NAR when coming to a decision, Mayor Ron Woytowich noted another $15,000 contract was signed because that’s what the delegation was asking for. He also called on leadership in Air Ronge and the LLRIB to assist NAR with operation costs, adding the majority of animals surrendered in those places are voluntarily turned over by individuals who don't pay to surrender them.
There was also some talk about potential renovations to the space currently occupied by NAR, but Woytowich said the facility will remain as is for now. He stated the contract is only for six months and NAR has bigger long-term plans.
“In their long-term plans in two or three years they want their own building somewhere,” he said.
NAR was first awarded a contract to cover animal control in La Ronge last spring and the tax dollars allocated are used to pay the wages of an animal control officer. Before signing the initial contract, the volunteer board members solely worked out of their homes.
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