MEMPHIS, TN – The City of Memphis is considering privatizing the Memphis Animal Shelter, a government run facility that's been at the center of controversy for years.
Chief Administrative Officer George Little said the city is in the middle of putting together what is called a “Request For Proposal,” also known as an RFP. An RFP allows companies to bid on getting a city contract to take over operations. Little said the proposal should be completed by the end of August.
“The details would have to be worked out, but we are open to a range of possibilities,” said Little.
Little said not only is the city open to privatization, they would consider a shelter where fewer animals are killed.
“We would certainly entertain a “no kill” proposal,” said Little.
Little said privatization may save the city money, but he doesn’t have any numbers yet. If no savings are realized, the city would hope to break even.
The privatization idea comes just one week after Little decided not to install web cameras at the newly constructed city shelter, slated to open this fall.
While critics have said going without web cams will make the facility less transparent, Little said that’s not the case.
“People can come and visit anytime. The records will be available,” said Little.