January 4, 2012
CITY OF MADISON REASSUMES ANIMAL SHELTER
The City of Madison Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday, January 3, to terminate lease
negotiations with the Madison Ark regarding the use of a city-owned facility on Post Oak
Road in Madison and to sever its relationship with the non-profit organization. The City
also formally requested that the Ark transfer ownership of the animals presently housed
there to the City so their care could continue in familiar surroundings.
The City announced that it would continue operation of an animal shelter under the direct
supervision of City officials and that it would continue to adhere to the “no-kill”
philosophy and guidelines which have been in place for several years. The City also
announced that it would honor previous commitments to donors and volunteers by
naming the facility the Webster Animal Shelter and would install previously purchased
commemorative bricks if the Ark would provide the information necessary to order the
The City had offered the nonprofit operation use of the facility, as well as a vehicle and
equipment, for a rental rate of one dollar a year, but the Ark was unable to accept
responsibility for needed repairs and maintenance responsibility at the facility.
“We appreciate the efforts of Ark Board President Harold Corbin and the volunteers who
have worked with the City over the years,” said Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler. “We want
to be sure that the community understands that the mission and operation of the animal
shelter will continue at the same location, and we hope our faithful shelter volunteers will
continue to come and work with the animals.”
The Mayor indicated that fundraising efforts would continue, with a combination of paid
shelter workers and volunteers taking responsibility for animal care and exercise.