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Two animal welfare groups have told Evanston officials they’re interested in becoming the new volunteer organization at the city’s animal shelter.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says he’s received inquiries from the Chicago-based Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Illinois that’s been in operation since 1899 and from a recently formed group of animal-shelter volunteers Saving Animals for Evanston.

In a memo to aldermen, Bobkiewicz recommends that the city’s new Board of Animal Control — scheduled to be created at Monday’s City Council meeting review the letters and, with city staff, develop a request for proposals to be sent to the two groups within the next several weeks.

The city is looking for a new organization to help it run the shelter after terminating its long-standing relationship with the Community Animal Rescue Effort over concerns about euthansia rates at the shelter and other issues.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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