The latest rumor to pass by is regarding our new animal shelter, that the project has already broken ground. As much as I would like to do a happy dance here, this is simply not true. According to animal services, the project is still in the bid process and is still on target for Phase I to be completed by November.
The new animal shelter will be located at the southwest corner of Grantline Road and Paradise Road. It will almost triple in size from that of our current shelter.
Seeing a lack of physical activity with this capital improvement project, has led some local residents to doubt in the construction of a new animal shelter all together.
“I have to see it to believe it,” said local resident Arleen Robbins. “I’ve been waiting for a new animal shelter for 63 years. The city has done a lot of things that were unnecessary. They have built everything else to build Tracy, but not a new animal shelter. How uncompassionate it is to build all these new buildings and not a new animal shelter. It’s been a long time coming. We need this!”
Robbins has so much passion for this subject that she has publicly said she will give a $10,000 donation at the groundbreaking of the new animal shelter.
One doesn’t need to be an animal person to understand the desperate need our community has for a new animal shelter. Let’s look at this from a completely different angle. If a city cannot provide proper animal services for the population it serves, then this could pose a safety risk for the general public. If you were to have stray dogs running the streets, possibly being hit by cars and injured, this most definitely poses a threat to the community.
Our current animal shelter was built as a temporary facility, not meant to serve a population that is now more than 82,000 people. One could logically still see the need for a new animal shelter that would serve our growing community. In addition, roughly eight out of 10 cats that enter our local shelter system don’t come out alive. This is partly due to overpopulation, but you also need to factor in the close quarters these cats are housed in at the animal shelter and the swiftness with which illnesses can spread. There is also no space for a socialization area for cats, which can lead to lower adoption rates.
I am excited to see this project finally become a reality and will bring the community updates as they unfold. Meanwhile, as I always say, visit your local animal shelter today — you may just find a friend and save a life!
• Anne Marie Fuller is the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26. Contact her at