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City of Kirkland follows up with Critter Control | LETTER
Mr. Campbell’s recommendation that the City of Kirkland explore further options for the “control” piece of animal services in Kirkland is similar to the direction that I received from Kirkland City Council at their March 20 meeting.
We appreciate Mr. Campbell bringing Critter Control to our attention as we explore all public and private options for providing animal services to Kirkland.
I recently contacted Critter Control and spoke with one of their managers about the potential of the City of Kirkland contracting for control services of Kirkland’s domestic animal populations (dogs and cats).
The Critter Control manager said that they have a very specific focus on nuisance wildlife and that all of their licensing is for managing nuisance wildlife. While Critter Control was appreciative of our outreach to them, they indicated that they do not have the capacity or interest in providing animal control service to the city.
City staff will continue to explore all available options for the provision of animal services. I am grateful that Mr. Campbell took time to contact the city with his input and recommendation so that we could follow-up.
Critter Control will be among the list of potential resources should there be a need for their expertise in managing non-domesticated animal control issues, should the council decide to move forward in establishing a local animal services program for the city’s residents.
Lorrie McKay, Intergovernmental Relations manager, City of Kirkland