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A little outside-the-box thinking went into a creative new way to provide animal service in Ellensburg.

The Ellensburg Animal Shelter has operated as a clearinghouse for lost and found pets, strays, and dangerous animals, as well as owner-surrendered animals since 1974. But a staffing issue led to a new way of doing things.

Rodney Harwood: award-winning journalist and columnist. Lover of golf and the written word. I can be reached at