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.
So they kill animals to qualify for grants,even when they don't have to...that's what I'm reading.I was just at the shelter last week and the director told me they're "a no kill shelter".She also bragged about all the grant money they receive.Also they give all their cats to petsmart and receive $10 per cat back from them for each cat adopted,she told me.She also said they had over 1300 adoptions last year plus they get money from their spay/neuter clinic.PLUS what ever they get from rescue groups who pull from there.We won't even talk about donations of money,equipment and supplies from residents.How much money do they actually need to run that place.They literally had like 12 dogs and 4 sick cats available for adoption when I was there last week.I asked about a Walker Hound they had the week before that and she acted strange and said they didn't know what dog I was talking about...really?I inquired about another cute small dog that they had and was told it went to a rescue group in Athens within 3 hours of them getting it.Aren't they supposed to hold dogs for a period of time when they come in? Not sell them off to rescue groups upon arrival? They're not honest and I think they receive enough funding already.
The animal shelter director just told me that they get tons of grants.Most of their workers are volunteers.I believe they pay about a dollar a year to lease the property the building is on,they get paid $10 per cat back from Petsmart where apparently all their cats go.They already get quite a bit of funding from the county.They had a record number of adoptions last year and their euth rate has dropped to 40%(although the director told me they are a no kill shelter)Their spay/neuter clinic more than pays for itself and I believe turns a good profit.Rescue groups pull like crazy from there,i believe paying them for vet services.Maybe the director wants a raise but if they're doing so well,they should need less money,not more.