Animal rescues could end up having to pay a fee to take animals from Burke County Animal Services Center.
A request to charge rescues pull fees is expected to be on the county commissioners agenda for the board’s Oct. 15 meeting. Currently, rescues pull animals for free from the county shelter.
Kaitlin Settlemyre, director of Burke County Animal Services, told commissioners during a pre-agenda meeting on Tuesday that she wants to implement intake protocol that would include vaccinating animals that come into the center against common diseases, but that comes with expenses. The pull fees would help offset that cost, she said.
For cats, she’s proposing they receive the vaccine FVRCP, which vaccinates against three airborne viruses, including distemper, a rabies vaccine, dewormer and flea control.
Cats are proposed to have a pull fee of $12.
Kittens under 8 weeks old would receive FVRCP and a dewormer and have a pull fee of $5.
For dogs, Settlemyre is proposing they receive DHPP, which is combination vaccine for canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus. Dogs also would receive vaccines for Bordetella, commonly called kennel cough, and rabies, a dewormer and flea/tick control, according to information from the county.
The pull fee for dogs is proposed at $27. Puppies under 8 weeks old would be $12.
For any animal that the animal services center has spayed/neutered would add an additional $60 to the pull fees, Settlemyre is proposing.
According to information from the county, others in the area that charge pull fees include Caldwell, Catawba, Rowan and Davidson counties.
While she is proposing pull fees for rescues, Settlemyre also is proposing lowering the adoption fee for cats to $90. The adoption fee for cats and dogs is currently $125.
On Tuesday, Settlemyre said the shelter has 42 cats and kittens.
The county animal shelter has undergone a lot of changes this year.
Management of it was moved from the sheriff’s office to the county manager and new staff was hired to operate it. It also has had a lot of work done to it, including sealing the walls and floors, cosmetic improvements and a new social media presence to try to get homeless animals adopted.