The City of Bentonville has hired several outside organizations to assist with the engineering and design fees for the new animal shelter.
According to members of the Animal Shelter Task Force, the shelter will be a public/private partnership with a bulk of the services handled by a third party.
The city is looking at funding only 25 percent of the project and a much smaller part of the operational budget with an outside agency to pay and provide services beyond what a typical shelter provides.
“Low cost spay and neuter programs, adoption services, behavior services, emergency care services,” said Bill Burckart, Bentonville City Council.
Right now the the City of Bentonville contracts through Centerton Animal Services.
The city hopes to open its shelter by the end of that contract, which is in May of 2021.