At their last meeting the Forney City Council voted unanimously to approve changes to the policies and fees administered at the recently rebuilt Forney Animal Shelter.
Director of Development Peter Morgan first requested council approval to enter into a contract with Stone Creek Veterinary Hospital in Forney for medical services including the spaying and neutering of all animals adopted from the shelter.
Director Morgan stated “In October staff contacted all local veterinarians with a proposal to partner with the Forney Animal Shelter. Staff delivered request letters to all veterinarians located within Forney, Seagoville, Sunnyvale and Mesquite and we had discussions with two veterinarians located in Terrell.”
He said “Two veterinary hospitals responded with proposals, Forney Animal Hospital with prices ranging for services from $150.00 to $250.00, with a vet hourly rate of $400. 00 for any shelter visit. Stone Creek Veterinary Hospital, which is in the new building over by Forney High School, responded with service prices ranging from $40.00 to $75.00, with vet hourly rates of $75.00 for any shelter visit.”
Morgan said “Based upon these results staff did meet with Dr. Brent Drewer and drafted an agreement with Stone Creek Veterinary Hospital. The primary purpose of the agreement is to provide rabies shots, spay and neuter services for all adopted animals. The agreement also provides the animal shelter with a significant discount for other veterinary services. A raised adoption fee will cover the cost of veterinary services and that will be provided through a Master Fees amendment that is next on your agenda.”
Morgan next explained to the Council that amending the Master Fees Schedule would change the adoption fee to $75.00, and change animal shelter policy to mandate that all animals adopted from the shelter be spayed or neutered.