This is an excerpt from Tucson Councilman Steve Kozachik’s Ward 6 weekly newsletter. With leftover campaign funds, he earmarked more than $4,000 to AWASA (Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona) for their low cost/no cost spay and neuter program.
“Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona
At the end of the recent election campaign, I had a bit over $4,400 left in the account. Campaign rules allow those dollars to be donated to a non-profit organization. Still not happy over our not having amended our IGA with the County and earmarking money to the AWASA spay/neuter program, I decided to send those left-over dollars to them and have it earmarked for the spay/neuter services they offer.
There are several veterinarians who participate in the free/low cost spay/neuter work with AWASA. You can find out which ones are by going to the website, awasa.org.
Prior to finalizing the decision on where to send the money, I spoke with Tammi Barrick, one of the AWASA principles. She confirmed that the needs far outpace the resources we’ve allocated. In fact, the issue is now so under water in terms of our ability to stay ahead of it that they’re using the funds provided by donors directly for the spay/neuters, and not looking openly for public education funds. The priority is getting the animals fixed.
Thanks to all who have supported the campaign. I hope you’ll approve of this use for the excess funds. I believe it’s a public health and safety issue, not to mention one that will keep thousands of animals from being euthanized due to lack of shelter space. I’m still hopeful that we can carve out some money at the City level next fiscal year to keep their funding levels up and healthy.”
You can learn more about what AWASA does by visiting their website.
You can learn more about Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik by reading his weekly newsletters.
Tucson Tails blog personally thanks Councilman Kozachik for his participation in the Tucson greyhound racing steroids issue.