The Annual Meeting of the Humane Society of Allen County was held on Thursday January 15, 2015 at the shelter (3606 Elida Road in Lima).
Highlights of the meeting included the Volunteer of the Year Awards with the adult category represented by Bill Hanz and the youth category represented by Meghan Naumburg.
Another highlight was the announcement of the receipt of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Animal Fund for the operation of a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The clinic will be 100% grant funded and offer low-cost spay and neuter services as well as testing (heartworm, FeLV/FIV) and vaccinations. The clinic will be by appointment only and initially only be operating on Mondays until such time as additional grant funding can be obtained.
Goals for the 2015 year were announced and include: being able to bring back the Humane Officer program through grant funding; community outreach into schools for humane education; increasing membership with the utilization of online tools such as monthly automatic contributions and continuing to restore the Society to full financial health.
It was noted that 2014 had been a very difficult year but that things are very slowly beginning to turn around and thanks to community support and grant funding for programs and services the organization is back in the black, although just barely. Ongoing support remains necessary as it will be a long time before income has fully stabilized.
The presentation can be viewed as a pdf by clicking HERE (Caution: it is a large file and may take a few moments to load)