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March 21, 2013

J.B. Ogle severs partnership with No Kill Louisville

Animal shelter still plans to go no-kill

JEFFERSONVILLE — The city of Jeffersonville has terminated an agreement with Louisville-based nonprofit animal organization No Kill Louisville.

In August 2012, the city announced that its J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter had entered into an agreement with the organization with the goal of becoming a no-kill shelter within one year. But the city decided to terminate the partnership three months early after a disagreement on how to implement the no-kill policies.

According to the agreement signed in August, in order for the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter to become a no-kill facility, the nonprofit organization would “work to help promote a shelter environment that allows a no-kill model to flourish; provide additional support for Jeffersonville and the surrounding community’s pet owners; and create a proactive partnership that will work to increase adoptions; increase the number of foster homes [for pets]; provide volunteer support for the shelter staff; and increase spay/neuter efforts.”

At the time the partnership was formed, the purpose for the city entering into the agreement was to be able to access No Kill Louisville’s fundraising capabilities, have access to its volunteers and also access its pet-fostering network. The fostering program allows the shelter to temporarily place pets into homes while they wait for adoption, which frees up space inside the shelter to house animals.

There was no monetary agreement in the contract aside from a stipulation that would require written consent if both parties entered into a deal that would exceed $400.

“When we entered into the agreement it was quite clear that we were going to enter into an agreement that we could get out of anytime that we felt it was not in the best interest of the animal shelter and the city of Jeffersonville,” said City Attorney Les Merkley at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting. “It’s been determined ... it would be in the best interest of the city and everyone involved that we withdrawl from that partnership.”

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