Yes, the earth will start to spin backwards. High-Five to the 5 supervisors who voted in favor of the AAC, the Animal Advisory Committee: Corey Stewart, John Stirrup, Maureen Caddigan, John Jenkins, and Frank Principi. The purpose of the AAC is to advise, provide input to the county animal shelter, and to reduce the number of animals that are euthanized.
Manassas News and Messenger states:
The Animal Advisory Committee will advise supervisors on shelter policies, “increase community outreach [and] seek outside grant funding for animal welfare initiatives,” according to the enabling resolution. Its creation was pushed for roughly a year-and-a-half by the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Stewart added 2 caveats, in the form of amendments, before the voting took place. The first was that the AAC would have no say over animals not in the shelter and the second was they could not ask for money outside the $1000 provided by the police department who is responsible for the shelter and animal control.
The AAC will be comprised of 13 members. The SPCA has provided support for this much needed change in the county. The SPCA has been known for generations to have the best interest of animals at heart.
Good for the supervisors who voted yes. More PW citizens need to have input when it comes to the animal shelter. Hopefully they will be able put policies in place to keep animals alive and out of shelters. Congratulations to Stewart, Stirrup, Caddigan, Jenkins, and Principi for a job well done.
Now pick yourselves up off the floor. I know you didn’t think I was capable of typing those words.