Bentonville’s Mayor proposes a city owned animal shelter


THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING JUST
STARTED HERE IN BENTONVILLE BUT
THE
ANIMAL SHELTER ISSUE ISN’T ON
THE AGENDA TONIGHT. HOWEVER?EARLIER TODAY— WE LEARNED MAYOR STEPHANIE ORMAN IS
RECOMMENDING THE CITY BUILD ITS
OWN ANIMAL SHELTER, WHICH IS NOT
WHAT THE ANIMAL SHELTER SPECIAL
TASK FORCE RECOMMENDED. THE MAYOR SAID IN A PRESS
RELEASE QUOTE “AT THIS POINT IN
TIME, WE BELIEVE THE MOST
RESPONSIBLE SOLUTION FOR THE
CITY IS A CITY OWNED SHELTER TO
SERVE BENTONVILLE ANIMALS WITH BENTONVILLE TAX DOLLARS”
THE TASK FORCE WANTED THE CITY
TO PARTNER WITH THE WALTON
FAMILY FOUNDATION TO OPEN A PET
RESOURCE CENTER, BUT THE MAYOR
SAID BOTH THE CITY AND THE FOUNDATION DECIDED TO PART WAYS. RIGHT NOW- DOGS ARE SENT TO A
SHELTER IN CENTERTON, BUT THERE
IS NOT A PLACE FOR CATS. THE
DIRECTOR OF FABULOUS FELINES
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS SAYS SHE’S
GLAD THERE WILL BE A SHELTER, BUT SHE DOESN’T THINK THIS IS
THE RIGHT MOVE ON
THE CITY’S PART.  
 
 
 
“I’m good at finding them homes,
I’m good at taking
care of them and I still want to
be a part of it, but I just can’t do it anymore. I
cannot be the cat shelter
for Bentonville.” “I think they
would’ve been better
off if they combined with Best
Friends and the Walton Foundation because Best
Friends
knows how to put a shelter
together.” THE WALTON FOUNDATION SAYS IT IS
EXPLORING OPTIONS TO BUILD A
REGIONAL ANIMAL SHELTER IN
BENTONVILLE THAT WOULD OFFER
COMPLIMENTARY SERVICES TO WHAT
THE CITY’S SHELTER WOULD HAVE. A MEMBER OF THE TASK FORCE SAYS
THE PLAN THE TASK FORCE PUT
TOGETHER LOOKED PROMISING, BUT
THAT IT’S NOT AN OPTION ANYMORE
AND HE HOPES THE CITY
DOESN’T FALL BACK INTO JUST SENDING ANIMALS TO CENTERTON. LIVE IN BENTONVILLE, EMMA
CLAYBROOK, 40/29 NEW

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