Wichita consider strategies to avoid Animal Shelter cuts

August 07, 2020 - 8:13 am

Wichita officials are considering different strategies to avoid a 2021 budget cut that would eliminate the Wichita Animal Shelter drop-off program that helps care for strays and reunite lost pets with their owners.

“We need to know what our community wants and what they’re interested in and what their priorities are so we can make a good decision,” said Becky Tuttle, Wichita City Council member.

The Wichita Animal Shelter could lose out on $400,000 if the latest city budget is passed. Due to the pandemic, Wichita has to cut $11 million from the 2020 budget.

After receiving hundreds of emails from concerned citizens, Mayor Brandon Whipple said he’s working with the budget team and community partners to develop a strategy that wouldn’t hinder the shelter or create a pause in services.

Whipple said the city wants to avoid a stray animal problem and is also considering adjusting the shelter’s fees.

Mayor Whipple said a proposal would likely be announced by Friday.

The city council will take another look at the budget on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

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