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Snake River Animal Shelter to manage animal control for city of Blackfoot


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The following is a news release from the Snake River Animal Shelter.

BLACKFOOT — Beginning Oct. 1, The Snake River Animal Shelter will start managing animal
control services in the community of Blackfoot.

The city of Blackfoot is the first local municipality to follow the national trend of choosing a humane agency to take over municipal animal control.

The Snake River Animal Shelter is a non-profit animal welfare organization based in Idaho Falls and is the only non-profit animal shelter in the East Idaho Region that serves all of East Idaho.

This kind of partnership has proven to be beneficial to both municipalities and the humane agency. Municipalities typically see a relief on their animal control budget and increased programs and outreach that provide services to local citizens.

Animal welfare agencies gain an expansion of their mission and the opportunity to provide low-cost services and increased animal adoptions. The privatization of animal control services has proven to be very successful both in the realm of serving the stray animal population and in enhancing programs that a community offers.

The Snake River Animal Shelter has several goals they would like to implement in the city of Blackfoot including reducing the euthanasia rate of cats, increasing adoptions, implementing low cost animal programs and be able to provide humane education opportunities for local schools.

Both parties are looking forward to the merger.