Time to solve shelter question
It’s time for the town to come up with a long term plan to deal with the animal shelter. Warren surely needs something better.
Tight as money is, the town should examine the costs of relocating, expanding and/or modernizing the outmoded, dirty facility. It’s too cramped? Add on. There aren’t enough kennels? Build another wing. Messy? Put some elbow grease into the place. Lies in a flood plane? Build something else, somewhere else.
State inspectors on Tuesday found a shelter loaded to the gills with cats, dogs, guinea pigs and more. None of these findings are any news to most Warrenites who’ve seen the shelter decay for years. Indeed, past attempts to fix its problems have gone nowhere, including RUFF (Residents United for Furry Friends), which appears dead in the water and suffers, at least publicly, from a lack of direction. There was talk about “piggy-backing” the shelter with the new, state-of-the-art facility being built in Bristol, but that appears to be going nowhere as well. More recently, there was a one-side discussion about relocating the shelter to the Market Street property where, even now, a new animal hospital is being built. That idea, too, seems to have gained little traction. Meanwhile, dedicated volunteers and animal control workers who got into the work because they love animals, are forced to work in substandard conditions that do the animals themselves few favors.
It’s not clear what Warren needs, other than an adequate facility to care for its animals. If there is no consensus on what should be done, then, why has the Warren Town Council not yet started a conversation on the shelter’s future?
It’s a discussion that needs to begin, and should have begun a long time ago.