Shelter group seeks renewal of deal with city

A new banner outside the animal shelter.

The Evanston Animal Shelter Association will seek a two-year renewal of its agreement to operate the city's animal shelter at Monday's Human Services Committee meeting.

The non-profit volunteer group is asking for a 10 percent increase in the $65,000 a year grant from the city for EASA to provide part-time employees to operate the shelter, funding that hasn't been increased since the group began operating it in 2015.

It's also asking for continuation of a $35,000 expenditure by the city toward the cost of pet food and supplies for the shelter.

The city also spends nearly $110,000 a year to employ and equip an animal control warden -- but that's down from 2.5 full-time-equivalent city employees working on animal control before EASA took over the shelter operations.

EASA says that with fundraising and other other activities it provides more than $300,000 in services to the city, beyond the funding it receives from the government.

Despite having more than 175 volunteers, federal tax returns indicate the group has been losing money, with its net assets declining from $319,583 on May 1, 2015 to $228,317 by April 30, 2018.

EASA says the from 2016 to 2018 it placed 1,078 pets for adoption and found foster care placement for 649 animals. It says 97 percent of animals received by the shelter are now successfully placed in new homes

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