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Animal shelter project requires FEMA assessment

THE Saipan mayor’s office cannot start its animal-shelter project in As Perdido without an environmental assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We want to start the project, but we can’t until the FEMA assessment is done,” Mayor David M. Apatang told Variety.

The Saipan mayor’s office was allowed to operate its temporary animal shelter at the Department of Lands and Natural Resources compound in As Perdido following the destruction of the animal shelter in Lower Base during Typhoon Soudelor in  Aug. 2015.

“Once we finish the FEMA environmental assessment we can start the construction,” the mayor said, referring to the new animal shelter.

But Apatang said the $361.406.38 funding assistance from  FEMA may not be enough for the new 5,550 square-foot animal shelter which will house over 50 dogs and about 10 to 20 cats.

He said he has requested an additional $100,000 from the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation, adding that Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres has asked the grants management office to look into the funding request.

Meanwhile, the dog-control program will continue its stray-dog-removal operations in the villages, the mayor said.

There will be no other spay and neutering services offered this year. The last time they were offered was in March by the Spay Neuter Network team from Texas.

“It’s too expensive for us to bring in a [veterinarian] from off-island — at this time we cannot afford to do it; we have no funding,” the mayor said.

He said they have about 70 dogs and cats at the shelter. These animals are available for adoption, he added.

For more information, call the mayor’s office at 234-6208.