At the March 29, Commission Briefing, Multnomah County Animal Services announced its intention to proceed with a formal study examining the feasibility of building a new animal shelter in Portland.
The study, due to be completed the first week of June, 2011, will attempt to determine citizen awareness, perception and support of MCAS, covering the same territory addressed in past animal service task forces, studies and focus groups. The latest effort was The 2008 The Joint City / County Animal Services Task Force which conducted numerous Community Workshops to answer the same questions, yet failed to recommend any substantive change to insure funding or reduce killing.
The County spends thousand of dollars commissioning and conducting task forces, focus groups and now a formal feasibility study for a new shelter but fails to recognize the necessity to change its vision, mission, goals and leadership.
An open-ended timeline, (estimated at 10 years) to fund and build a new shelter adds to the County’s pattern of inertia and delay.
By replacing MCAS with a new model and dedicated leadership, Multnomah County’s animal service agency could be “turned around” in one year, engendering community goodwill, participation and support for a future capital campaign to build a new shelter.