- Oct 23:
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter prepares to open next month
- Oct 22:
- City council approves new guidelines for animal shelter
- Farmington announces new executive director of regional animal shelter
- Jul 30:
- Local veterinarians, animal welfare advocates say teamwork a necessity on spay/neuter, animal welfare initiatives
- Jul 28:
- Farmington, San Juan County governments look at spay/neuter initiatives
- Jul 24:
- Farmington Animal Shelter scales back animal control in wake of cat, dog influx
- Jul 23:
- Farmington City Council discusses animal shelter plans, future
- Jul 21:
- Farmington City Council to discuss animal shelter conditions, plan for future
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Services Advisory Commissioners discuss shelter operations, progress
- Jul 11:
- Farmington Animal Shelter at capacity, understaffed as officials search for a humane solution
- Jun 26:
- Animal shelter controversy continues at Farmington City Council amid funding, staffing concerns
- Jun 23:
- Farmington City Council to consider crematory at animal shelter, discuss project progress
- Jun 16:
- Farmington leaders celebrate progress at new animal shelter
- Jun 5:
- San Juan County agrees to pay more for regional animal shelter
- May 29:
- Farmington City Council approves animal shelter consultant
- May 15:
- Farmington Animal Shelter's first adoption special a success
- May 6:
- Farmington Animal Shelter to hold cat, kitten adoption special
- Apr 23:
- Water, electric utility hookups left out of Farmington Animal Shelter budget
- Apr 12:
- Farmington Animal Shelter seeks volunteers and foster homes
- Feb 14:
- San Juan County, city officials and animal rights workers celebrate new animal shelter
- Jan 10:
- Farmington animal shelter presentation receives high praise, funding uncertain
- Jan 7:
- City Council to hear animal shelter improvement suggestions
- Nov 26:
- Farmington council approaches animal shelter decision
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Shelter aims to find balance
- Jul 11:
- New Regional Animal Shelter plans unveiled
- Jul 8:
- Final public meeting for Farmington's animal shelter plans to be held Tuesday
- Jun 8:
- Farmington officials and residents plan new animal shelter
- Apr 4:
- Farmington chooses BDA Architecture for new animal shelter
- Mar 30:
- Farmington Animal Shelter has new, enthusiastic director
FARMINGTON — Construction on the city's long-anticipated $4 million regional animal shelter is expected to begin around the new year.
City Council approved a $3.3 million bid to Jaynes Corporation Tuesday evening.
After four and a half years of negotiations and planning, local animal rights advocates are celebrating. The city's work, however, is far from over.
Following a letter of complaint sent to the mayor, city council and City Manager Rob Mayes by the Humane Society of the Four Corners on Nov. 12, the city contracted with Marcy Eckhardt of Pro-Shelter to provide leadership and guidance for the new shelter.
"This will be a huge asset to the shelter, and was actually recommended by (the Humane Society)," said Traci Fletcher, Humane Society of the Four Corners Board Member. "(The Humane Society) has complete confidence in Marcy Eckhardt and we can honestly say (we are) now 110 percent behind the Farmington Animal Shelter while it is under Marcy's direction."
While the city is taking steps in the right direction, measurable progress may be slow to come, Fletcher said.
"The improvements will not be overnight, but they will come as quickly as possible," she said. "The animals in our community have suffered for far too many years."
Part of the solution may be to implement additional low-cost spay and neuter programs, Fletcher said.
"We must reduce the number of animals being born in our community and the only real proven solution is low cost spay and neuter which is why this is (our) primary program," she said.
"(Veterinary) costs in the Four Corners are higher than most in the US, and we must make low-cost spay and neuter available to everyone in need. It's education. We have to educate on spay and neuter."
The construction process, however, is likely to move much faster.
City officials and Jaynes Corporation are expected to hold a preconstruction meeting in about two weeks, said the city's purchasing officer Edward Smylie.
After the meeting, the construction firm will have about 10 months to complete the project, said Jeff Bowman, Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs director.
The new shelter was funded in part through a $2.7 million grant from the state. Farmington and San Juan County are splitting the rest of the bill. Additional funding will come from the Regional Animal and Pet Shelter Foundation.
The foundation has raised $455,000 of its $500,000 goal, said board member Donna Ogilvie.