The Healdsburg Animal Shelter in CA is a hot mess. The outdated facility is located across the street from a new $3.5 million shelter, built using funds from a single donor, which sits empty due to design defects and may have to be torn down. Resignations and controversy have plagued the shelter.
Despite boasting a 94% save rate, Healdsburg is now threatening to kill shelter pets due to a drop in donations. Which will no doubt encourage donors to whip out their wallets. I mean, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to throw money at people who threaten shelter pets with violence, amirite?
The Healdsburg shelter’s board of directors says the cost per animal is more than $750. This seems awfully high to me. By comparison, the Cornelius Animal Shelter in NC has a 97% save rate and spends $96.79 per animal handled. The Foothills HS in Polk Co, NC saves 99% of its animals, spending $342.85 per animal handled. And the Alleghany Co shelter in NC has an 87% save rate at a cost of $92.25 per animal handled.
Why is Healdsburg spending so much money per animal? Does the shelter need to replace someone who green lights expenditures? Has an audit been performed to track where all this money is going? Can they learn from other shelters who are spending significantly less to save approximately the same ratio of animals? All of these questions should be answered before anyone threatens to kill shelter animals to lower costs.
The new facility sitting vacant, the threat to kill animals over money and the extremely high amount of money being spent per animal are all red flags to me. I hope Healdsburg taxpayers and donors get answers.
(Thanks Eucritta for posting about this shelter in the last Open Thread.)