Two Shelters with Budget Shortfalls

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.

5 thoughts on “Two Shelters with Budget Shortfalls

  1. I always wonder how much they spend on marketing vs. warehousing. Maybe they could look at alternative ways of running the places.

  2. Maybe the PSPCA should renegotiate its contract with Animal Planet for more moneyz.

    A <50% save rate for an organization that modestly proclaims itself staffed by "heroes" is appalling.

  3. I should note that before the PSPCA was in charge of Phillys shelters. It was PAWS, not the city. The adoption rate has dropped since PAWS lost its contract (2 years ago??), but if the city takes over those adoption rates are going to go waayyy below 46 percent and that scares the hell out of me.

    Also both of the shelters here in Philly (under control of the PSPCA) utilize all the space possible, having cats in the hallways, and having every cage filled. The main building (on erie ave) offers low quality spaying and neutering plus shots to the public, discounts to seniors looking to adopt, advertise on craigslist and other websites to try and get animals out, aswell as a well established foster care program. Sadly the animals do keep pouring in. Almost 40 (mainly cats) came in the day I was there for my kittens second set of shots this week. I do however feel that the adoption hours need to be extended in the ACCT facility and that the public needs to be educated on spaying and neutering.

    1. Oops correction. I wrote low quality spaying, I ment to say Low-Cost. The do a good job with surgeries.

      1. heh, I figured that’s what you meant when I read it. Wouldn’t make for a very good sign on the front of the building…

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