Animal services stays with WAIF

Animal services in Oak Harbor next year will once again be handled by the Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation.

Earlier this month, the Oak Harbor City Council agreed to renew its existing 2011 contract with the nonprofit group for another year. Commonly called WAIF, the organization currently has facilities on the Seaplane Base and in Coupeville.

According to the contract, WAIF will handle all of the city’s animal service needs for a fee of $7,083 per month. That comes out to a total of $84,996 for the entire year.

The contract also stipulates that the city pay $30 per call-out after hours, from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. and on holidays, “for service requests deemed necessary by the Oak Harbor Police Department.”

Police Chief Rick Wallace presented the contract. City council members did ask some questions, such as why the contract couldn’t be for longer, but they were unanimous in the vote to renew the contract for another year.

“WAIF does a great job for us,” Councilman Scott Dudley said.




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