Animal shelters and budget issues are nothing new but I found both of these stories interesting:
The PA SPCA’s animal control contract with the city of Philadelphia expires July 1. The city has allotted almost 3 million dollars for the contract but the PSPCA says it needs about a million more than that. If no agreement can be reached, the city may take over:
The news comes as the shelter’s “save rate” has dropped from 59 percent in 2008 to 46 percent last year.
Could the city do better with the allotted funds or will the save rate drop further if they take over?
In KY, the Logan County Humane Society counts on annual funding from the city of Russellville to the tune of $7200. The Mayor is proposing eliminating that funding entirely. Unlike PSPCA whose kill rate has risen, LCHS has been successfully working towards no kill:
“We have just achieved a no kill-status for our dogs at the shelter and have been working toward this goal for over 21 years,” said Gail Guiling, Humane Society board member, “We cannot accomplish this without the financial support of both the county government as well as the city. This recent proposal by the mayor of Russellville, if passed by the council, will set us back, which ultimately may result in the deaths of hundreds of animals.”
Mayor Gene Zick explains the budget cuts are due to city debt and adds:
“I’d like to help them out, but I’ve got to help people first.”
I admit I am always skeptical when someone trots out the “people are more important than animals” argument. It seems to be so often employed to distract from core issues like shoddy local governments and budgetary failures in other areas.