The City of Evanston is seeking a new partner to operate the Evanston Animal Shelter. It is seeking letters of interest from organizations by April 25.
The City Council voted recently to end the city’s 25-year relationship with the Community Animal Rescue Effort, or C.A.R.E., after questions were raised about the group’s high euthanasia rate, management and finances. C.A.R.E.’s partnership with the city will end May 9.
The city will use volunteers to run the shelter until a new partner is found. In a statement, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl praised the work of C.A.R.E.’s volunteers.
“The work of these dedicated volunteers has been outstanding,” she said. “They've made a positive impact in our community and helped pair loving families with dogs and cats needing a caring home.”
Volunteers who would like to keep helping are being asked to provide some info so that the city can organize shifts. More information about volunteering is available here.
The city has pledged to help adopt animals more quickly going forward. A Facebook page has been started that will feature different pets.