Lost and stray cats found in Logan now have a place to shelter thanks to a new agreement between the City of Logan and Cache Humane Society.
After more than a year of failed negotiations and lack of a city animal shelter, Logan will be resuming impound services at Cache Humane Society on a limited basis.
“At this point, we’re offering impound services to Logan at about 30% of the impound capacity they were previously operating at,” said Cache Humane Society Director Stacey Frisk. “It’s a start.”
Negotiations fell apart last year after city leaders declined to renew a yearly contract with the non-profit animal shelter due to a proposed rate increase.
Frisk said the city offered a flat fee that would not cover shelter expenses and, “we couldn’t justify signing a contract to provide a government service at a financial loss,” she said.
According to the city, the new agreement will run through June 21, 2020, with the possibility of an extension until a new shelter facility is constructed.
Logan and Cache Humane also agreed to continue the joint Trap Neuter Release (TNR) program for one year. The program has been successfully neutering, vaccinating and returning an average of four cats weekly since the program began two months ago.
Under the agreement, if impounded cats are not reclaimed by an owner after the state-required five day impound, Cache Humane staff will determine whether it enters the adoptable population or, if feral, is placed in the TNR program.
“What we all hope to see is that this one year (agreement) gives the city and the county time to take a look at their budgets and reevaluate the community needs,” said Frisk. “Hopefully, at the end of the year, we’re moving forward with a more comprehensive plan to meet the animal welfare needs of Cache County.”
Cache Humane does not have law enforcement authority. Lost or stray cats located in Logan City limits should be reported to the police department through their non-emergency number: (435) 753-7555.
The one-year agreement for animal welfare services will be funded through a grant from the Dell Loy Hansen Family Foundation and the Ribera Family Foundation.