(NAPA, California) The Napa County Animal Shelter on Hartle Court in Napa is no longer accepting stray or surrendered animals from St. Helena, following the City Council’s decision to not renew St. Helena’s annual contract with the County, in favor of establishing their own facility locally.
People who find stray animals or want to surrender unwanted animals will instead be directed to the Police Department at 1480 Main St in St. Helena, where the animals will be placed in an on-site holding facility for up to 10 days before being transferred to a local animal rescue group or adopted out by police department staff.
The change went into effect on Feb. 15.
“We want to make sure that St. Helena residents know not to bring animals to the Napa Shelter,” said Animal Shelter Manager Kristen Loomer. “I would hate to see well-intentioned people drive down to Napa, only to be turned away.”
“We are putting our protocols and procedures in place now,” said Sgt. Chris Hartley of the St. Helena Police Department.
The change applies only to those who live in the City of St. Helena. Those who live in the unincorporated areas of the County can still bring animals to the Napa Shelter.
The St. Helena City Council notified the County in February 2013 of its decision to not renew the agreement with the Animal Shelter. The annual contract included the provision of services to receive, hold, redeem, spay/neuter and adopt out all animals brought to the shelter from the City of St. Helena, as well as vaccinations, microchipping and veterinary services, as needed.