City Council to consider switching from PAWS to Everett Animal Shelter for animal control services

The Lynnwood City Council is scheduled to consider a proposal from the administration to switch animal control services from PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society) to the city of Everett Animal Shelter.

The issue is set to be addressed at Monday’s City Council business meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

Lynnwood has contracted with PAWS for animal control services for more than 20 years. Historically, the city has provided PAWS compensation in the form of a flat fee yearly. The city pays PAWS for all animals located within the city limits. Owners must pay fees at the Police Department before PAWS will release their animal.

In 2011, the city looked at the idea of potentially contracting with the city of Everett Animal Shelter. The Everett shelter collects all fees for each agency and remits them back via a monthly invoice. This would eliminate the processing of fees by the Lynnwood Police staff, the administration stated. City staff believes the Everett Animal Shelter presents an opportunity for the city to save money as compared to PAWS.

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