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The way you adopt a pet at the Pocatello Animal Shelter will be getting a makeover.
Starting in May, the Pocatello Animal Services staff will make the switch to a new shelter management program. The change marks a switch from a paper-based system to a modernized and computerized arrangement. The biggest thing the public will notice will be in the adoption process.
“Currently, it takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to complete the paperwork and get a pet officially on their way to a new home,” said Richard Stewart, Animal Services Director. “By switching to a computerized process, we believe we can cut that time down to 15 to 30 minutes.”
The new software will also allow Animal Control Officers to access the shelter’s database in the field. License and permit tracking, medical histories, and more will all be at an employee’s finger tips now.
As part of the changeover, the shelter will close for employee training May 10 and 11. The shelter will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12. During the closure, Animal Control Officers will still be available and can be reached at 234-6156.
Officials would like to thank the public for their understanding and apologize for any inconvenience the closure may cause.