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ARF has long-term view to achieve shelter success

Editorial

Editorial


Editorial



When tackling a community issue, the temptation is to move forward quickly on a solution, to see that vision put into hard reality as soon as possible.

But as can happen in a rush to fix it, you’ll be making mistakes and act on incorrect assumptions that can thwart your goals. You may have to start over. You may just give up.

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David Rauzi

In the four years since ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) was formed, we’ve been pleased with the long-term strategy the group has held fast to in its plans to form a regional shelter on the Camas Prairie. That patience is a credit to volunteers and the ARF board, who have established a multi-year operational plan and are sticking with it – modifying it as circumstances dictate – and are keeping the public informed and the process transparent.

This last is important, as Idaho County residents are welcomed into each step of the process; they are encouraged to have buy-in for a project that – as a result of their comments — reflects their concerns and needs. And this time is also important as it takes more than a month or a change of several seasons to begin to infiltrate the public consciousness of your proposal; what it’s about and, more importantly, convince them it’s not a flash in the pan.

We continue to support ARF’s regional animal shelter concept as it addresses a long-standing issue for not just Grangeville or the Camas Prairie, but of Idaho County that has varying methods to address – or not — stray and unwanted dogs and cats. We’re pleased to continue to see the City of Grangeville maintaining its support, both in concept and also with the donation of land to a future shelter facility. We’d encourage more support from municipalities across the county, and of Idaho County itself, into a project that – besides being a benefit to their individual issues — would be stronger with their involvement.

Check out ARF’s plans through its website, www.arfshelter.org, or through its Facebook page.



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