County signs new agreement with Animal Welfare League
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.