Forest City, like most cities and towns, has stray dogs that occasionally wander about that are either runaways or abandoned. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners. To make matters worse, only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
Only 10 percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually. This is why Allison Craft was present at the Forest City Council meeting and presented a proposal to shelter stray dogs that are picked up in Forest City.
The main reasons animals are in shelters is because owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street. Craft wants to help alleviate the problem and create a shelter for the strays. The council decided to take action and asked City Attorney Steve Bakke to draft a new ordinance regarding animal control in Forest City. The Mayor and Council will review the ordinance in a first reading on the 31st.
The Council then asked Police Chief Dan Davis to negotiate a contract with Craft and her company called Even Star which would also be considered at the next council meeting.
Unfortunately, homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1 according to the NCPPSP. Between three to four million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes.