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Provide resources before implementing zero owner surrender policy at animal services.

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While the ultimate goal of any county animal services should be the significant reduction to elimination of owner surrendered animals, closing the doors to animals owners will no longer care for is abandonment of animals in need. Prior to greatly reducing the intake that Marion County Animal Services allows for owned animals, more education and support must be made for a period of time.

The Board of County Commissioners needs to roll back the swift and abrupt decision to stop allowing any owner surrenders, while education, support, and low cost services are made available. The Board of County Commissioners needs to address the number backyard breeders in the community, which cause a glut of homeless animals. The Board of County Commissioners needs to implement a plan for TNR of stray and feral cats. The Board of County Commissioners needs to support local non-profit animal rescues with a means to take in and provide for more animals in need by offering more resources for their parts in reducing the burden of animal overpopulation and homelessness in Marion County. Low cost spay and neuter services should be accessible to all, not just those who qualify for government assistance. Training services should be available at reduced rates for those surrendering animals for behavior issues. Resource guides for organizations to help with food, veterinary services, and rehoming assistance should be offered to all potential owner surrenders. Efforts should be made at the county level to make housing that accommodates pets more accessible, and to reduce breed discrimination by landlords. 

These efforts should be implemented and utilized for a period of no less than two full months prior to eliminating owner surrender of animals at Marion County Animal Services.



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