County Issues RFI For Operations Of Animal Shelter

Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 226 East Road. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

This little dog is ready for adoption at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County has issued a request for input (RFI) regarding the staffing and operation of the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

Input received will be used to develop specifications and/or the scope of services for a possible issuance of a request for proposals and gauge interest from entities to operate the shelter.

The Los Alamos Police Department now runs the shelter and Chief Dino Sgambellone said Tuesday that Animal Control personnel report to him, but other options are being evaluated. The 4,000 square-foot facility is operated by three LAPD animal control officers and a shelter manager. Operation of the shelter will be administered by the County Community Services Department, but LAPD will continue to provide animal control functions such as impounding stray animals and enforcing local ordinances related to animal welfare and behavior.

The RFI lists programs and services provided by the shelter including: housing, feeding and providing care/treatment for impounded, lost, abandoned, or unwanted animals within the County; providing secure quarantines and protective custody for animals as needed; finding homes for animals and reuniting lost pets with their families; serving as a public resource on animal behavior, adoptions, pet care and bite prevention; accepting and distributing donations of animal food and equipment;  conducting regular volunteer orientations and using volunteers to socialize animals and provide foster care, as needed.

As part of the RFI, the County is requesting detailed information about respondents’ experience in staffing and operating animal shelter, their experience in partnering with a public entity and information on how a public/private partnership might work in terms of interface with volunteers and animal control functions. It is also hoped that respondents will help determine a rough cost for staffing, administrative and overhead fees.

Based in part on the information received in this RFI, the County will determine whether this is a project that will move forward. If the project moves forward, the County contemplates issuing a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) for staffing and operating the Animal Shelter.

“We are exploring options such as a public/private partnership,” said Libby Carlsten of the Community Services Department Monday.

Information on the RFI is advertised in the Legal Notices section of this week’s print edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post as well as the legal notices section online at

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