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In her annual report to the Salmon City Council Lemhi County Humane Society representative Cindy Phelps reported the Animal Shelter provided shelter to 210 dogs during 2014. She said of those, half were bailed out by their owners. The rest were adopted. Forty five were adopted locally and about the same number were transferred to out of town facilities. Phelps said that only two had to be euthanized, one due to injuries sustained when hit by a vehicle and the other was unavoidable because of behavioral issues.

On the feline side, 120 cats were sheltered during 2014. Phelps said about half of those were adopted locally and the other half were transferred out and found homes elsewhere. She said the shelter has become quite proficient in transferring animals to facilities outside the area which is what allows this shelter’s ‘no kill’ designation to continue.

The network of other housing and adoption facilities include; Hamilton and Missoula Montana, Victor and Boise Idaho. When a transfer is made, local volunteers do the driving.

Even though the numbers average out to represent almost one animal per day every day of the year, the number of animals brought to the shelter annually has actually decreased since 2009. Phelps attributes that to the aggressive spay and neuter programs offered by the local Humane Society. Last year, thanks to grant funds from Pet Smart, 241 feral cats were spayed or neutered. A low cost coupon program funded by grants allowed 88 dogs to be treated. Another 89 dogs were spayed or neutered along with 96 shelter cats. Phelps said virtually every shelter arrival gets spayed or neutered, vaccinated, chipped and health checked before being offered for adoption.

Phelps provided council members with a financial breakdown of how all funds are spent by the Lemhi County Humane Society. The cost of operating and maintaining the shelter building was separated from expenses related to actual animal care. The city provides the shelter with $12,000 per year and Phelps asked that the same amount be provided this year.

Councilman Jim Baker asked what the county contributes to the Human Society and Phelps replied “$4,000.” She added that statistics show three fourths of the animals housed and treated at the shelter come from the city.

During the last public comment period of the April 1 City Council meeting, Dave Gusky called the council’s attention to an area coming into the city from Highway 28. He said in terms of first impressions it really needs some work. He was directed to City Clerk Mary Benton and the proper forms to fill out.

It had been announced earlier that April 9 is the city/county Adopt a Highway clean-up day and Gusky volunteered to help with the litter pick up. The city and county joined the state program in 2013. The stretch of highway assigned to city and county employees begins at the Lemhi Hole and extends two miles north. Gusky’s offer was welcomed.

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