A local animal shelter for cats is several steps closer to a new location in Devils Lake thanks to the efforts of the Devils Lake City Commission and the Devils Lake Planning and Zoning Commission.

A local animal shelter for cats is several steps closer to a new location in Devils Lake thanks to the efforts of the Devils Lake City Commission and the Devils Lake Planning and Zoning Commission.

At Monday’s meeting four public hearings were held. Two of those were reconvened hearings held over from a previous commission meeting.
At the city’s meeting held on Nov. 20 the initial public hearings were convened to change the city’s zoning to allow animal shelters in an area zoned as central area commercial, in what is known as the downtown area, and then to request a conditional use permit to allow an animal shelter at 211 6th St. NE.

The commissioners had asked to hold off on completing its actions on these items until a review was made of the language that exists in the zoning manual regarding animal shelters and their location, etc.
Therefore, the issue before the commission this week was a hearing on changing the language in the zoning manual. Taking into consideration what the Devils Lake Planning and Zoning Commission recommended, the City Commission approved those changes. Then they also took the first step toward approving a conditional use permit to allow an animal rescue operation to exist at 211 6th St. NE.

Volunteers representing TLC (The Little Cottage) - ND Animal Rescue attended the meeting and explained why they had brought these issues to the commission.
They are hoping to relocate the shelter currently in use for the cats they care for because of financial needs. Volunteer LuAnn Hinderscheit, explained that all funding for the rescue comes from private donations and fundraising. They are dedicated to rescuing and helping animals in need find loving and permanent homes, that’s their mission.

She explained that they had sent letters out to all residents within a block of the proposed new location so concerns and questions could be addressed. Only one resident responded in writing opposed to the venture and the concerns brought up in that letter were addressed at Monday’s meeting. The rescue works with the Devils Lake Police Department Animal Control and they will be doing periodic checks of the facility to make sure there won’t be a problem with odor, debris or noise. The commissioners were assured by the volunteers at the meeting that they would be good neighbors.

The final action on these items will be taken at the next city meeting on Monday, Dec. 18.