The United Animal Coalition’s Marylin Green says she’s proud of the fact that Guilford County animal shelter euthanizes fewer animals than it did before the group took over in 1998.

But that’s not the bottom line, and the N&R says Guilford County commissioners should open operation of the shelter to competition:

…commissioners should act on new Chairman Paul Gibson’s recommendation to solicit proposals from other potential shelter operators next year. Opening the contract process up to competition, something that hasn’t happened since the coalition started managing the facility, is long overdue.

That prospect already has prompted Green to make the first move to address concerns and questions about the shelter’s operations. The group plans to compete for the contract, she said last week, but wants to meet with county officials first.

Nothing spurs action like competition.