County signs new agree­ment with An­i­mal Wel­fare League

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers voted unan­i­mously Tues­day, Dec. 13, to sign a new mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the An­i­mal Wel­fare League.

A ma­jor change in the new mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing from the orig­i­nal agree­ment be­tween the an­i­mal ser­vices adoption agency and the county is how the An­i­mal Wel­fare League will be funded. The change, found in Sec­tion D of the agree­ment, states the county will pro­vide a stipend of $427,000 plus an as­sumed in­fla­tion in­crease of 1.5 per­cent from the prior year’s amount for the length of the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing.

The An­i­mal Wel­fare League iof Queen Anne’s County is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that is the county’s con­trac­tor for an­i­mal ser­vices, such as adoption, and strives to be a no-kill fa­cil­ity.

Though An­i­mal Wel­fare League has the op­por­tu­nity to re­quest fur­ther funds and the county can grant them, an “ap­pro­pri­ate ex­pla­na­tion to jus­tify it” is nec­es­sar y.

In the pre­vi­ous agree­ment, signed by both par­ties on Aug. 13, 2013, that al­lowed An­i­mal Wel­fare League to “as­sume the op­er­a­tion” of the county’s an­i­mal adoption cen­ter at 201 Clay Dr. in Queenstown, the county struc­tured its fund­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion de­creas­ing each year in hopes it would be­come self-sus­tain­ing.

In years one, two and three, the county planned to fund AWL a max­i­mum cash stipend of $300,000 plus $17,000 in in-kind ser­vices, $262,800 plus in-kind ser­vices up to $15,000, and $227,520 plus $15,000 in in-kind ser­vices, re­spec­tively.

Those fig­ures were es­tab­lished with an an­tic­i­pated rev­enue of about $75,000 per year to the An­i­mal Wel­fare League from li­cens­ing, board­ing and adoption fees, as well as other ser­vices.

To view the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing and agree­ment in its en­tirety, visit the county’s web­site at www.qac. org.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the An­i­mal Wel­fare League of Queen Anne’s County, visit its web­site at www. awlqac.org.

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