Joint Animal Services partners with Nisqually Indian Tribe


In a move aimed at bolstering animal welfare services, Thurston’s Joint Animal Services Commission (JASCOM) has entered into a service contract with the Nisqually Indian Tribe.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Nisqually Tribe will engage JASCOM's professional services to provide essential animal care and sheltering services in an amount not exceeding $75,000.

“All of our shared revenue does go to lowering the four jurisdictions assessments on a yearly basis,” said Sarah Hock, JASCOM’s executive director.

The contract's term extends through December 31, 2024, with provisions for extension upon written agreement. The agreement allows for modifications as necessary, with compensation adjustments to be mutually agreed upon by both parties.

According to the contract, JASCOM assures the tribe of its qualifications and capability to fulfill the agreed-upon services, adhering to all relevant laws and regulations. Additionally, JASCOM commits to maintaining high professionalism and diligence in carrying out its duties.

JASCOM's scope of services includes accepting dogs deemed dangerous by the tribe for euthanasia, with provisions for quarantine and approval procedures.

Additionally, JASCOM provides care for injured stray dogs and cats brought in by Nisqually Tribal Police and assists in handling animals when an individual has been arrested or the owner has died.

Further services include facilitating the surrender and euthanasia of owned animals with appointments and fees and offering pick-up services for animals from Nisqually Tribal Police seven days a week during specified hours.

JASCOM will hold stray animals for designated periods, allowing owners the opportunity to reclaim their pets.


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