Announcement of plans for the future of The Shelter
Submitted By: The Board of Directors of the Animal Shelter for Huntsville
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Huntsville, ON – The Board of Directors of the Animal Shelter for Huntsville held a General Meeting on March 30th, 2015 to update its members and the public about the organization and its plans for the future.
Over the past year The Board has researched the possibility of re-opening the Shelter through a diligent process of working with advisors, health inspectors, other animal welfare organizations, the Town of Huntsville, construction companies and builders.
The Board also distributed a public survey in March and April 2014 to the residents of the Huntsville, Lake of Bays and Perry Township areas to gather information from local residents about the need for a local shelter and to measure public support.
After scrutinizing all of the accumulated information, the Board came to a decision as to what they believe and suggested is the best option for the future of the organization.
The Board made the recommendation to its members not to renovate and reopen the shelter due to lack of financial support, and the high costs involved in renovating the building to achieve a safe and healthy environment to house and care for animals.
The Board expressed its intent to continue helping animals and increasing local animal welfare. A plan was proposed at the General Meeting to continue with the mission of the shelter by changing the functionality of the organization.
The Board suggested that its resources be utilized for the operation of “The Huntsville Animal Wellness Fund”. The Fund would assist approved pet owners that are in need of financial assistance with veterinary care for their cat or dog. The primary mandate of the Huntsville Animal Wellness Fund is to help to spay/neuter as many cats and dogs as possible using local veterinaries, to reduce the pet population and the numbers of stray animals in our community.
The secondary mandate of the fund is to provide financial assistance to qualifying pet owners experiencing significant financial hardship with non-elective veterinarian care for their pets.
The Board stated that it strongly believes that this new direction for the organization is the best option to ensure that its resources are utilized for the health and care of animals.
At the General Meeting on March 30th the membership approved the following motions put forth by the Board:
1. That the Animal Shelter building not be renovated and re-opened but
2. To create the "Huntsville Animal Wellness Fund”.
3. To accept the new vision and mission statement.
4. To seek approval to change objective one of the current Articles of
Incorporation for the Animal Shelter for Huntsville to read as follows:
"To reduce the number of unwanted animals in our community by assisting qualifying owners of pets with the spaying and/or neutering of their animals by local veterinarians through the provision of financial assistance. To provide financial assistance to qualifying pet owners experiencing significant financial hardship with non-elective veterinarian care for their pets so that they can be restored to good health”
All of the above motions were passed by the membership at the General Meeting. In order to move forward with this new direction, the Board is in the process of applying to the Provincial Government for approval of the new objective in the Articles of Incorporation outline above, which could take several weeks.