City handles animal control as new shelter opens in Fresno CA

Construction of a new state-of-the-art animal shelter in Fresno is set to be completed later this year, and city leaders have new plans for animal control services that they hope will better tackle the problem of stray animals in the city.

Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer and council members Garry Bredefeld, Luis Chavez and Mike Karbassi accepted a $25,000 donation from Kashian Enterprises this week, which will help support ongoing operations at the new shelter.

The $20 million facility will include four buildings and support the care of 10,000 to 15,000 animals per year. The facility will include space for animal care services, adoptions and neutering surgeries in an effort to reduce euthanasia rates.

Construction is expected to be complete in April and the facility is expected to open and be fully operational by July.

The completion and opening of the animal shelter will also mark a shift in how the agency provides animal control services in Fresno.

For years, the Central California SPCA has provided animal control services for the city of Fresno. But Fresno city officials have long complained that the contract price is too high for the quality of services.

At Thursday’s city council meeting, Bredefeld asked if the city would continue its partnership with the SPCA once the shelter opens.

City Manager Thomas Esqueda said the city will extend its contract with the SPCA for a few months, but in the meantime the city will purchase the trucks and hire 57 employees to provide animal control services. The SPCA will deliver stray animals to the new shelter until the city is ready to resume services.

The change in services will signal the first time in decades that the city has directly provided animal control services rather than contracting out those services.

“I think this is something that all of us and all of the citizens of Fresno are going to be very happy about, very proud of and we can be very happy with what the future holds for the rescue operations of all the animals that have need these services in the city of Fresno,” Bredefeld said.

This story was originally published January 14, 2022 5:00 a.m.

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Brianna Calix covers Fresno City Hall for The Bee, where she strives to hold officials accountable and shine a light on issues that deeply affect residents’ lives. She previously worked for The Bee’s sister newspaper, the Merced Sun-Star, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Fresno State.

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