Benton Franklin Humane Society contract with TCAS to run out this July

PASCO, Wash. — The embattled Tri-Cities Animal Shelter will need a new director and more staff when the contract with Benton Franklin Humane Society runs out on July 15th.

“It was gut-wrenching,” long-time Volunteer Julie Webb said.

Webb recalled November 2021, when dozens of cats and dogs were pulled from the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter.

Luckily, the Benton Franklin Humane Society stepped in to help.

“We got to do what we got to do, who’s going to take care of the animals and promoting them if we don’t? We’re all in it for the rescue for the animals, to be their voices,” Webb said.

But the BFHS contract will run out halfway through July and they’ve decided not to renew.

That’s less than a month to find a new director to run the shelter; the City of Pasco has opened up the bidding process.

“It’s a little overwhelming we’re going to be barebones,” Webb has been volunteering at the shelter for six years.

BFHS posted the message on their Facebook, and we also reached out to their Executive Director Autumn White who gave us this response:

“BFHS entered an emergency animal sheltering agreement with the Animal Control Authority in November. It was our intent to commit to at least 6 months. We then agreed to extend the emergency contract an additional 45 days (July 15) to allow ACA to prepare for our departure. It is the mission of BFHS a private, non-profit organization, to help and house unwanted, homeless animals. The animal control facility, a city funded public entity, assists in enforcing code, admitting stray pets, and reuniting lost pets with their person. We have different missions, but our common denominator is the pets!! We will likely continue to assist the TCAS pets when a new contractor is selected.”

Webb said she and some volunteers are prepared to help out if nobody’s found to run the shelter, they’re prepared to keep the dogs and cats fed, walked and safe in the mean time.

“We’re hurrying up and standing by now we’re like, ‘okay what do we need to do to help move this new director in and help the flow going for the shelter animals?'” Webb said.

It’ll be a big undertaking but Julie said the shelter just needs a fresh start.

“It really just needs to be about the shelter animals and keeping them off the streets, getting them healthy, spayed, neutered,” she said.

Julie said the new shelter is expected to break ground this fall, and they’re hoping the community can support whoever comes in.

“We just really need to come together and remember it’s about the animals and think positively and provide positivity to the staff and shelter director and give them time,” she said.

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