Lynnwood City Council approves the switching of animal control services to Everett Animal Shelter from PAWS

The Lynnwood City Council approved the switching of animal control services to the city of Everett Animal Shelter from PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society) during its Monday City Council meeting.

The vote was 5-1 in favor of the proposal with Councilmember M. Christopher Boyer casting the lone no vote. Councilmember Benjamin Goodwin was not present for the vote after leaving earlier due to the public meeting on the Lynnwood Place/Costco (former Lynnwood High School) project. Goodwin is employed by Costco.

Boyer noted that PAWS is a no-kill animal shelter, while the Everett Animal Shelter is a kill-shelter. The Everett Animal Shelter’s website states “The Everett Animal Shelter holds strays for at least 72 hours. Once that time has passed, the animal may become available for adoption, be transferred to another agency or be euthanized, depending on the health and temperament of the pet.”

Lynnwood had contracted with PAWS for animal control services for more than 20 years. City staff stated its belief that the Everett Animal Shelter presented an opportunity for the city to save money as compared to PAWS and to streamline the processing of fee payments.


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