CREATED May. 8, 2013
After 50 years the Humane Society is no longer the place to look for your missing pet in Green Bay. The Common Council voted last night to change providers and award a new contract to Packerland Veterinary Center. This move is creating some tension on both sides and it may mean finding your lost pet just became a little more difficult.
Today emotions run high after last night's vote.
"If something's broke, you could fix it. If you could get something new and it's less money, it's pretty dog gone simple," said City Council member Jerry Wiezbiskie, on discussing last night's decision.
"It makes things a lot more complicated," is the response from Karen DeBaker, the Director of Development at the Bay Area Humane Society.
Two very different feelings about the Council's vote to take away almost 35% of the strays the Humane Society takes in every year. Those animals will now go to Packerland Veterinary Center.
"We as a clinic have already started enacting our plan that we had in place to get prepared for everything," said Chris Devener, a Vet Technician at Packerland Veterinary Center.
The center will not be building a new facility to house the nearly 2,000 strays they expect to see this year, instead they're converting rooms in their current building.
The Packerland Veterinary Center will only house the strays for 7 days then they're delivered to various adoption agencies. Don't rule out the Bay Area Humane Society if you're searching for your lost pet though, they just might be there too.
"If an animal is lost within the city of Green Bay they will be going to Packerland, but the second that animal crosses over into another municipality they'll be held at the Humane Society." said DeBaker.
With this new contract change, both the Bay Area Humane Society and Packerland Veterinary Center say it's important to have ID tags on your pet's collar or a microchip implanted so you can have your pet returned home safely.
Six months form now the City Council will review this decision to see how things are going. The new contract goes into effect June 1.