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Evanston Seeking New Animal Shelter Partner

Volunteers are also needed to help until a new partner is in place once the relationship with C.A.R.E ends in early May.

Ald. Judy Fiske (1st Ward) identified this 12-pound miniature poodle, named Flip. He was slated by C.A.R.E. for euthanasia until she took him in.
Ald. Judy Fiske (1st Ward) identified this 12-pound miniature poodle, named Flip. He was slated by C.A.R.E. for euthanasia until she took him in.

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.

More information about the city’s search for a new partner is available here.

jim April 18, 2014 at 04:57 PM
the city made a deal with CARE in June of 2006 to spend $470,000 on the shelter and CARE agreed to match it. It appears CARE raised its share. Other then having a non profit of Volunteers run the shelter other then supply building animals were kept in haven't seen anything showing what city spend and from whom. I saw that online link that someone posted sometime ago. It also showed CARE spend approx 81,000 (average approx. 6,800 per month. Hopefully the City council committee will do a better job in the future with whoever runs the place. Not sure setting up a 7 person committee which doesn't have the person in charge of live or die status of the animals on it is a good idea.
Patch Reader April 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM
There are two "Patch Readers" on this thread. One that supports the City Council's actions and believes it was time for CARE to go, and one that either doesn't know or refuses to believe the truth about CARE and the shameful way its Board acted through this whole thing. Robert Graham is right...the leadership embarrassed CARE with its insulting response to the City's request for negotiations. How could the City possibly want to work with someone like that?
Beth Wyatt April 19, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Jim, the City Council didn't make this decision in a vacuum. Among other things, it had two professional reports that said there were serious problems with CARE, and it took months to come reach this vote. The Council also asked CARE over and over again to negotiate with them, and CARE essentially spit in their face. Read that email their President sent, and the letter they sent the Council - it's all public record. I agree with Patch Reader - I don't know how the City could work with them after that. Anyway, CARE said themselves they've wanted to move for a long time. Maybe that explains the way they acted.
Steph Pollini April 19, 2014 at 09:30 AM
My god, people, it is OVER. MOVE ON, CARE people. Start your own shelter, whatever. MOVE ON.

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