Valley animal sanctuary will remain in local hands

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The owners of the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center (SVASC) met Thursday, Feb. 3 to talk about the inner workings of the shelter.

SVASC is operated by Waynesboro, Staunton, and Augusta County, but Waynesboro currently serves as the fiscal agent. Waynesboro submitted a request for proposals (RFP) in November to find someone to take on the day-to-day responsibilities of SVASC.

Waynesboro City Manager Michael Hamp emailed WHSV, breaking down Thursday’s closed meeting.

“The owners met this morning and decided that we would not award a contract to operate the shelter, Hamp said in the email.

With that, he said the owners would schedule a meeting in the next two or three weeks to review and review the following:

  • Staffing: “The owners recognize the need to improve the shelter’s staffing model, which involves a review of current positions and salaries, as well as new/additional positions.”
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Veterinary
  • Tax Agency: “Although no final decision was made today, it seems likely that the Tax Agency will leave Waynesboro.”
  • Advisory Committee: “It was suggested that the creation of an advisory committee would be beneficial. Owners should discuss the recommendation.

Staunton City Council agreed in January that it would like to take over as fiscal agent for the shelter.

Hamp said the meeting will take place in the next few weeks, but they expect the director position to be posted ahead of the meeting and the recruitment process to begin soon.

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