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City Council OKs Feasibility Study for Animal Shelter

Councilors in Attleboro voted to commission a feasibility study on a new animal shelter.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect cost of the feasibility study. The study, according to Councilor Duff White, will cost betweeen $6,000 and $10,000. We regret the error.

The Attleboro City Council voted on Tuesday night to commission a feasibility study that would look at the possibility of building a new $600,000 animal shelter in the city. 

After having had discussions about the shelter with Mayor Kevin Dumas, City Councilor Brian Kirby told his fellow councilors that the first step toward building a new animal shelter would have to start with a feasibility study on the design and construction of a shelter. 

A sticking point for some councilors, including City Councilor Duff White and City Councilor Richard Conti, was the cost of the study, which is expected to cost approximately $6, 000 to $10,000. White suggested that the city's do some leg work and study other local shelters, including Mansfield's new shelter, instead of paying for the study. 

During a committee meeting on the subject, City Councilor Walter Thibodeau suggested collaborating with other municipalities such as Seekonk and North Attleboro to potentially build a regional shelter. 

Councilor Richard Conti suggested looking into the possibility of acquiring existing construction plans from other shelters. 

While Conti said he agrees a $600,000 fundraising effort by the public will be a remarkable endeavor, he said something needs to be done for the dogs and cats at the shelter that are living in cramped quarters. 

The Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter  on Saturday, May 7 will hold a car wash with the local girl scouts to help raise funds for the shelter. The shelter will also hold another event this month. It will hold the 8th Annual Paws for the Cause Pet Walk from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Attleboro Moose Lodge #463, at 241 Thacher St.

The fundraiser will be held rain or shine. All proceeds will benefit animals of the Attleboro Animal Shelter.

Laura Dolan May 04, 2011 at 02:28 PM
They expect the people of Attleboro to raise the 600k and they're complaining about a thousand bucks? really? Bet if we didn't have to pay for the electricity of our "one occupant" industrial park we could fork over the thousand bucks. Give me a break. Something needs to be done for these animals. For a city shelter, I have never in my life seen such tremendous effort and love by so many people. These volunteers go above and beyond any shelter I have ever seen. Fork over the thousand bucks and those of us who care will take care of the rest. Never under estimate the power of people with a passion!
Jodie B May 04, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Friends of the Attleboro Animal Shelter are volunteers who really care about what they do. Some of these critters have been terribly abused and none of them can care for themselves. With all the effort FAAS has been putting into this effort, I hope the city can get this project on track. Laura is right, with a new (so far vacant) industrial park having been built, $1000 seems like a drop in the bucket.
Tim Crum February 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM
We would be happy to submit a proposal to the city to conduct a feasibility study, as this is something our company specializes in [Animal Shelter Fundraising]. Our fee would actually save the City money.

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