Gore’s idea didn’t get off the ground. In hindsight, he said he wishes it had occurred to him to count the litters born in the county, and that might have helped him sell his idea to animal-control officials.
Recent discussions about merging the city and county animal operations renewed his interest in a count.
“I am now starting to seek volunteers all around the county to watch for ads, signs, postings, etc., anywhere that someone is offering pups and kittens free or for a cost. I want these volunteers to answer the ads and find out how many were in the litter, breed, date of birth and so on,” he said. No names, addresses, or other personal information will be taken from the owners.
“Then, maybe later this year, an assessment can be made as to how to handle that number and a project developed to do something, if practical.
“I think these data might at least offer insight and perhaps interest and money into the situation and it has a scientific approach,” Gore said.
The count is just the first step toward the ultimate goal of reducing the number of unwanted animals in the county and nearby areas.
“We want to stop the problem from being created in the first place,” Koers said. “Nobody likes euthanizing animals.”
Gore said he wants to explore all options, including social networking, Internet, foster homes and shelters — anything to help get a grip on the problem. But, first, he said, “We need to know how many animals we would be dealing with — how many dogs and cats, males and females.”
He said, “If we can get this study going, we believe that many in the community will come forward to help and donate money. But, without the help of volunteer ‘eyes’ in the county, little can be done.”