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?