Animal Shelter Update (November 2019)

Hamden Animal Shelter Update

Hamden Animal Control Officers  have recently placed 20 cats, dogs and rabbits in “forever homes.”  Unfortunately until there is an animal control facility to legally transfer a pet for relocation, animal abandonment continues. Hamden currently has 5 dogs and 3 cats spread out over various locations. 

Hamden Animal Shelter Timeline

  • Hamden started renting space at the North Haven Animal Shelter in April 2005 as a “temporary” 6-month arrangement.
  • A $400,000 Capital Bond Ordinance was awarded for a Hamden Animal Shelter in July of 2015.
  • Taxpayers have been paying interest on that loan since then.
  • Hamden’s Animal Shelter Gift Fund was established in December of 2017.
  • Former Police Chief Wydra’s  proposal circa May of 2018, for Hamden to be part of a new Regional Animal Shelter in a neighboring town, died when the Mayor’s office declined to forward the plans to the Legislative Council.
  • September 2018 Police Chief Wydra submits his resignation.
  • Rental costs to taxpayers at this point had been approximately $70/day (7 allocated cages at $10 each). I believe that Chief Wydra was the linchpin holding this “sweetheart deal” in place.
  • March 2019, once the Chief was gone, Hamden was officially given notice to vacate the North Haven Shelter by May 1, 2019.
  • Animals in Hamden’s care are now scattered at various locations based on availability, whenever the need arises.
  • It now costs taxpayers $30/day (per pet) to house animals in Hamden’s possession at area animal hospitals.
  • July 22, 2019 Mayor Leng posts that, “He strongly supports a Hamden or Regional Animal Shelter.”
  • $23,407.25 was donated to  Hamden’s Animal Shelter Gift Fund, by average citizens, mostly through 20% kickbacks at Restaurant Nights.
  • Over 2,800 people have signed this 2019 online petition to name a site as the future home of a Hamden Animal Shelter.
  • October 28, 2019, when asked at the Mayoral debate, candidate Jay Kaye stated that if elected, he would name a site as the future home of a Hamden Animal Shelter by January 24, 2020. (Within 60 days of being sworn in.) Then grant writing to solicit funds from outside the Hamden tax base could start. 
  • November 5, 2019, Mr. Kaye received about twice as many votes as each of the last two Mayoral challengers, but still fell short.
  • Hamden gets “gifted” a building on Sherman Ave in November 2019.
  • Will 2020 be the year this 15-year odyssey ends by dedicating this free building for the future home of a Hamden Animal Shelter?