A Westminster animal shelter has turned to crowdfunding in hopes of staying open.
The city is proposing extending its contract with Westminster Adoption Group and Services Inc. (WAGS) through 2020 with a 2 percent increase in funding. That’s a $533 monthly raise from the previous $320,000 contract.
But WAGS maintains that is not enough funding to cover another year of costs, so a GoFundMe campaign was mounted to raise $120,000. “Without the extra funds, WAGS will not be able to stay open,” the organization says.
Besides providing care, advocacy and shelter for lost and homeless animals as permanent homes are sought for them, WAGS investigates and combats animal cruelty, rescues neglected pets, treats sick and injured strays and educates the community about humane issues and responsible pet care.
As of Monday afternoon, when the fund had been up for two days, 383 people had pledged $23,859.
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