Frisco Chooses to Ignore Citizen Bond Committee

Quoting Dallas Morning News Reporter Susan McFarland, “Most of Tuesday’s meeting was spent on something council voted to not include in the May election—an animal shelter.”

Collin County Animal Shelter

To add, “Frisco animal advocates made one last push for City Council to include an animal shelter in the May 6 bond election, but they did not prevail. The citizens bond committee presented recommendations to City Council on Jan. 17. Much like that meeting, Tuesday’s meeting included discussion about an animal shelter. Without a shelter, the job falls on Collin County Animal Services for stray animals. Advocates say that shelter is overcrowded and has crates lining the hallway on most days. Shelter advocates also want a place in their city to gather, volunteer, and give back to the community.

Frisco resident Delia McLinden, founder of Archangel Animal Network, said her nonprofit, which partners with Texas municipalities to help avoid euthanizing animals, has sent nearly 4,000 dogs on rescue transports since 2019.

‘Why do we do this? The only reason is because of the crisis here in Texas that we have and the dire need that exists,’ McLinden told City Council. ‘Frisco is a progressive, growing, nationally-recognized city and we have a chance to make a real impact on this issue. There is no city that I know of Frisco’s size that doesn’t have its own animal shelter.’ More than 20 people voiced support for the animal shelter during the meeting.”

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Once again, Frisco residents are asked by the Mayor and City Council to wait for them to explore shelter and animal welfare solutions through other budgetary means, asking the City Manager and Staff to come back to council within in 60 days. Mayor Jeff Cheney suggested a City Council work session be scheduled to discuss other options for the issue.

So again, they are asked to wait. To those that have been championing this public service for years, they are not terribly optimistic. Like in the past, another pressing city matter or some big development deal is likely to take precedence over Frisco pets. They hope they will be proven wrong. Until then, they ask that Frisco residents to please—

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