Lincoln County Animal Shelter Division Commander Laura Braxling got the green light from Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday to begin planning for a large portable animal shelter on wheels that could also serve as a mobile command post during law enforcement incidents.
Braxling said the funds for the huge trailer comes from a very large donation from the estate of a wealthy family who left the shelter $250,000, half of which is going for the trailer. The unit, Braxling says, could be used to provide spay and neuter services throughout the county along with opportunities to engage the public on proper pet care, licensing and vaccinations. Braxling also pointed out that if a large earthquake shook Lincoln County “I’m not sure the current animal shelter would make it. We’d need a portable shelter on wheels to temporarily house the animals. Then later it would transport the animals to a more longer term location.
The commissioners authorized Braxling to begin the process of design and fabrication of the trailer. But commissioners quickly pointed out that such an addition to the county’s rolling stock would eventually have to be replaced and that budgeting for it is a must. Braxling assured the commissioners that her animal shelter staff and volunteers will go after grants, donations, gifts from other wills and estates, as well as other sources of revenue, to ensure a future county commission doesn’t have to come up with the money using the county’s checkbook.