- 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
- Nov 28:
- City Council approves construction on long-anticiapted animal shelter
- 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 — The city's Animal Services Advisory Commission is recommending a number of changes to the city's animal shelter operations that include increased staffing and employee benefits.
The commission will make a presentation during City Council's 7 p.m. meeting on Tuesday.
The report indicates a need for additional kennel technicians to provide the proper level of care at the city's new animal shelter, which is expected to begin construction within the first half of 2013.
In addition, the report recommends making all employees full time with benefits and converting the nine seasonal positions to full time.
It also supports adding an assistant shelter manager, animal shelter lead veterinary technician, administrative assistant/volunteer coordinator and new front desk personnel.
The commission estimates that the personnel changes will add about $1.37 million to the fiscal year 2014 budget.
The commission was organized in August 2011 to assist the city in its animal services operations.
Among the commission's top recommendations would be increasing the animal shelter's live release rate from 32 percent to the national goal of 90 percent, the report states.
The commission also aims to decrease animal intake at the shelter.
City officials say that the commission's suggestions have been invaluable to improving shelter operations.
"Reflecting back on the last year, it's really been an asset for the shelter," said Bob Campbell, assistant city manager.
"They've done a thorough analysis of best (shelter) practices nationwide. It's good information and our hope as staff is that council accepts that as advice and incorporates it into the budgeting process. A lot of policies are being developed for the new shelter."
Animal Shelter employees and Animal Services Advisory Commission members were unavailable for comment last week.