Pamela Rice Walker

New city shelter
5:52 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Board of E&A approves funds for new animal shelter

The city of St. Louis hopes to soon completely vacate the old city pound on Gasconade, pictured here. The new pound will be located in an old vehicle emissions station on the north side.
(Warren Nichols/St. Louis Department of Health)

The nearly 10-year-old effort to build a new city animal shelter came a big step closer to completion today, when the Board of Estimate and Apportionment approved the use of $170,000 in capital improvement funds to retrofit an old vehicle emissions station on St. Louis's north side to safely and humanely house animals.

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Animal control Phase II
4:58 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

City outlines needs for newer animal control strategy

Stray Rescue's facilities in St. Louis.
(Johanna Mayer/St. Louis Public Radio)

A new city animal shelter on the north side, a full-time veterinarian and vet techs to staff it, and more animal control officers are all on the wish list for the city of St. Louis in the second phase of its new animal control strategy.

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Animal control
5:42 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Mandatory spay-neuter clears committee; funds for Stray Rescue do not

A law that would require pets to be spayed/neutered and microchipped got committee approval today; funds to help Stray Rescue complete its shelter did not.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

What Ald. Stephen Conway called a comprehensive animal control strategy for St. Louis is somewhat in limbo tonight after an aldermanic committee passed one bill, rejected a second, and waited to take action on a third.

What passed:

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Stray Rescue
6:35 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Stray Rescue reflects on a year as St. Louis' official dog shelter

The city’s pound on Gasconade once held most of the stray dogs the city would pick up in a day. Now, it houses just dangerous or bite dogs, and those that are part of the court system.
(Photo by Warren Nichols/St. Louis Department of Health)

Last year, 90 dogs left the St. Louis city pound for what Mayor Francis Slay hoped would be a better life. The move marked the end of an attempt by the city to replace its aging pound with a state-of-the-art shelter funded by donations.

From that day on, Stray Rescue - a non-profit with 24 employees and an army of volunteers - cared for all but a handful of dogs and answered the city's animal control calls: all without taking a dime of city money.

If you believe the city’s health department, there are fewer strays on the street, and more dogs are being adopted. But there are questions about how long the success will last.

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Animal control
4:05 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Animal House money now to go to Stray Rescue

Mayor Francis Slay and Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim with a four-legged friend in July 2010.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

In December, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that money collected via tax bills for a planned new animal shelter in the city of St. Louis was sitting in a special fund with no place to be used.

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