City prepares for animal care donations, and waits

The Animal Care and Control Welfare Fund is about to be legally ready to receive donations of up to $50,000, a legislative tweak to the fund that comes at an opportune time.

“The Controller’s Office alerted us that the fund wasn’t property designated. It was designated to receive fees and other things that we do but it wasn’t properly designated for donations,” said Rebecca Katz, director of San Francisco Animal Care and Control.

The Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee approved legislation Thursday that would make the change. It requires approval by the full board to go into effect.

The fund currently receives revenue from collected fees.

The change would allow the acceptance of “gifts, money or materials up to $50,000. It’s rare that we get anything close to that. It would help. In these tight budget times we’ve seen a lot more animals coming into the shelter with a lot more needs, particularly veterinarian needs,” Katz said.

Supervisor Eric Mar wished for generosity. “Hopefully this leads to more big donations,” said Mar, who chairs the committee.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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