When Metro Animal Services animal control officers would respond to a call dealing with a large animal or livestock, officers would sometimes have to wait with the animal for hours until someone with a horse trailer could haul it to safety.
Metro serves the cities of Algona, Bonney Lake, Edgewood, Milton, Pacific, Puyallup and Sumner, and responds to nearly 3,000 calls for animal services each year.
The nonprofit Friends at Your Metro Animal Shelter (FAYMAS) recently applied for a grant from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to help their officers to better serve the community.
“I thought, let’s try it,” said Chris Lynch, vice president of the FAYMAS board. “It was the first grant that we ever applied for, and we got it.”
The tribe awarded the nonprofit the grant to cover the $6,200 trailer, allowing animal control officers to respond to large animal calls without needing to wait for assistance from other agencies.
“It took a while to find a trailer, but being able to assist other cities with livestock calls will be helpful,” said Jessica Kulaas, administrative manager for the City of Sumner.
When FAYMAS was doing its duty to help improve the animal shelter, officials asked animal control officers what they could do to make their jobs easier.
“They said that having a trailer would be helping them out the most,” said Bonnie King, president of the board.
Now that officers have one more tool to serve animals and the community better, volunteers and staff agree that the trailer will help improve their capabilities as shelter.
“We’re really excited and grateful,” Kulaas said.
With Metro Animal Shelter serving a combined population of 100,00 people in seven cities and employing only three animal control officers, the trailer will help free up control officers’ time.
For more information on FAYMAS, visit www.faymas.org.