Representatives from the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter (MOAS) spoke to county commissioners Aug. 5, offering a packet of information on the facility and asking the group to consider a boost in funding for the operation.
County commissioners thanked the shelter representatives for the information but gave no indication that any increase in funding will be awarded.
Shelter officials told board members that they aim to save as many lives as possible. They noted that cat and dog euthanasia rates have dropped dramatically in the past couple of years. Shelter manager Danielle Morton said the euthanasia rate has dropped from roughly 85 percent to 40 percent.
“But we have to have a certain euthanasia rate to qualify for grants,” said Morton, adding that the shelter has gone about as far as possible in reducing that rate, unless it can get more assistance. “With more space and more money we can save more lives. We run it (the shelter) on the edge; we really do. Anything we can do to save in money, we’ve done it.”
She noted that the shelter has already taken in 1,600 cats and dogs this year.
The shelter receives funding from both the Madison and Oglethorpe County governments, including a $84,000 per year from the Madison County government — a figure based on the 2010 Census. But the facility is largely reliant on private contributions and fund-raisers. According to the documents presented to the BOC Monday, the shelter had $234,902 in total expenses for fiscal year 2012-2013.
MOAS leaders want the $3 per capita agreement to stay in line with the current population estimates for the county. If the population gradually rises, so would the county’s funding for the shelter.