Humane society officials explain changes

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Several officials from the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley met with Englewood City Council on April 8 to talk about continuing the Englewood-shelter relationship and to request the city approve the additional $41,000 that the society requested for 2013.

Among the issues discussed were changes the society has made in an effort to be sustainable, along with efforts to enlist donors, while asking Englewood to approve the additional funding. The city had provided $50,000 and had budgeted the additional $41,000, but didn’t allocate spending it until the meeting with society officials

Near the end of the meeting, the council agreed to evaluate the information provided and discuss the request for additional funding at a later date.

“We first want to thank Englewood for its past support and commitment to the society,” Margie Munoz, society board of directors president, told the council during the study session. “We also wanted tell you about the positive changes we have made as we seek to establish ways to make sure we can sustain the business now and in the future.”

Changes made at the society include the appointment of Leslie Maisonneuve as shelter director.

“Since late last year, our focus has been twofold: increasing adoptions and seeking support from private individuals and companies,” Maisonneuve said. “We feel we are making progress, as we have seen a 19 percent increase in adoptions. We also have seen an increase in private donations, including the fact we now have Schomp Automotive as a corporate partner.”

She added that a volunteer also helped the society create a web page and establish a presence on Facebook.

She noted that a major policy of the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley is its commitment to be a no-kill shelter. The director said that isn’t the case with most other humane societies in the surrounding area.

Council Member Bob McCaslin said he was impressed with the changes and progress the society has made. Council Member Rick Gillit agreed and asked about plans for the future.

The shelter director said work is underway on establishing fees for governmental agencies using the shelter on what is called an allocation system. The basis of the system is establishing the annual fee for a community based on the number of animals from that community that are brought to the shelter.

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