Beginning in 2024, Ottawa-based nonprofit Prairie Paws will assume animal shelter services for the City of Manhattan.
Executive Director Vanessa Cowie presented to the Riley County Commission Monday, as the organization prepares to move into the T. Russel Reitz Animal Shelter officially on December 24.
The physical shelter is actually in Pottawatomie County, though Manhattan residents utilize the shelter extensively. As a result, Cowie says they are working to extend an agreement to Riley County as well.
No vote was taken at Monday’s meeting. Commissioners agreed to have staff draft a one year temporary agreement, which will be brought back for consideration at a future meeting.
Cowie explained to commissioners the organization’s mission, and how it would benefit Riley County.
Prairie Paws currently serves a number of communities around Kansas and is based out of Ottawa, Kansas.