As of Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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.
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.