County rejects proposal for animal shelter services

BATAVIA, OH — Unable to negotiate a contract with the sole bidder for animal shelter services, the Board of County Commissioners today rejected the Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society’s proposal for 2021-2023.

Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society had requested a yearly contract of $848,726, more than double the current contract of $419,000. Clermont County had countered with a $500,000 proposal, based on research of what neighboring counties pay for animal services.

Commissioners stated that they are committed to a clean and well-maintained animal shelter that maintains a low euthanasia (or no kill) philosophy. The County wants to keep the momentum going since first committing to keeping a low euthanasia rate in 2015.

In 2020, the County is paying $419,000 to Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society, which was an increase over the $310,000 called for in the third year of the contract. The County also provides a 10,000-square-foot shelter at no charge. The shelter receives revenue from the Dog and Kennel Fund as well as a significant contribution from the County’s General Fund.

When adding in the costs of the shelter, its utilities and upkeep, the county’s funding is competitive to similar-sized counties.

Clermont County intends to provide a top-quality animal shelter going forward. The County plans to hire quality staff and continue to encourage adoption and fostering of pets. The County also asks pet owners to be sure to get or renew licenses and practice spaying or neutering of your pets.

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“It was unfortunate that we were unable to get a contract with Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society,” said David Painter, President, Board of County Commissioners. “I want to thank all members of CACHS for a job well done providing animal care for the citizens of Clermont County.”

“It’s very unfortunate that we cannot come to agreement with an organization that has provided quality service over the past three years,” Commissioner Ed Humphrey said. “When we’re getting into budget reserves, we simply can’t afford to spend another $400,000 – especially when they were able to provide services at about the rate that was offered.”

Commissioner Claire Corcoran said: “In moving to the future, I’m dedicated to providing the best care possible in our shelter.”