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Members of the public looked on as the Orange Cove City Council announced an agreement with the Friends of Orange Cove Animal Shelter on Feb. 13.

It took months of discussion and hours of working out a compromise, but on the evening of Feb. 13 the Orange Cove City Council and the Friends of the Orange Cove Animal Shelter or FOCAS finally agreed on a contract that would allow the shelter to once again operate within the city. 

“There was a lot of give and take, and I’d like to compliment everyone involved in this process,” said Rudy Hernandez, interim city manager for Orange Cove. “We have spent a tremendous, tremendous amount of time working with the president of FOCAS.

“We started working on this sometime, I believe back in November, December, January, February, so we have gone through it over and over and once again I believe we have reached an agreement and a compromise.”

Hernandez added that there was a lot of “give and take” between the city and the animal shelter, but they finally felt they were ready to move forward with introducing a new contract that would benefit both the shelter and the city of Orange Cove.  

Several conditions were reiterated by Hernandez. At the top of his list was the issue that FOCAS encountered with state’s Franchise Tax Board that initially led to the shut out of organization officials from the shelter by the city. 

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