Good news for lost and found pets
More flexible hours are in store at the dog shelter.
Marion County announced that as of March 10 the dog shelter, located at 3550 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem, will have public hours from 12 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The new hours are intended to accommodate owners of lost pets while also affording more animal-safety options.
"The new hours are in response to community requests for evening shelter hours," said Marion County Community Service Director Tamra Goettsch. "By staying open later we'll be more responsive for found-dog intake and lost-dog returns, reuniting people and their pets that much faster."
That will affect Marion County residents across the geographical board.
"If it is in Marion County, it comes to us," a shelter spokesperson noted in an email. "From Detroit or Mehama all the way through to St. Paul and Donald, we are the only facility to take lost or stray dogs in Marion County."
Goettsch said that on Dec. 3, 2018, the county transitioned to a new data system for tracking the dogs entering the shelter. Since that date the shelter has handled a total of 14 dogs from Aurora, Gervais, Hubbard, Mt. Angel, and Woodburn.
"The shelter is the only (Marion County) shelter facility that handles lost and strays; however, the city of Woodburn is a great partner and does have temporary kennels that are either used until the dogs are transferred to the shelter or picked up by our dog control officers," Goettsch said.
Goettsch added that the expanded hours will allow dog control officers to increase dog-safety services throughout Marion County, and that dog licenses and adoption services will be available during the shelter's public hours.
The county also announced dog-license and other fees will increase beginning Friday, Feb. 1. License fees for will increase from $17 to $20 annually for altered dogs and from $32 to $37 for non-altered dogs. Discounts are available for multi-year licenses and senior dogs.
Goettsch noted that license and impound fees and fines are part of the shelter's annual operating budget. Revenues are used to help pay for shelter operations and dog control officers. It's the first fee increase at the dog shelter since 2011, and the first licensing fee increase since 2002.
Volunteers, such as pet caretakers, and individual donations also contribute significantly to dog-shelter operations.