Aldermen praise animal shelter volunteers

Shelter Co-president Alisa Kaplan with other shelter volunteers.

Aldermen on Evanston's Human Services Committee praised the volunteers who run the Evanston Animal Shelter Association as they voted Monday night to approve a new two-year agreement with the group to operate the shelter.

"You guys have done an amazing job," said Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward. "And it wasn't easy. We now are a beacon of hope for all the abused and abandoned animals in the Chicago area and it's because of you."

Judy Fiske.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, said that when the previous group that had been running the shelter left "they took their money with them" creating a lot of uncertainty about the shelter's future. The current group took over four years ago.

"The money you've raised is incredible," Braithwaite said, as the city struggles to afford the services residents want.

The committee voted to advance the renewal of the agreements, which include $100,000 a year in city funding, to the full City Council without addressing the group's request for a $6,500 increase in support to increase the pay for the part-time employees the group hires to staff the facility.

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