The Weyburn Humane Society ended 2012 in the black, and with a busy year at their animal shelter, members and supporters heard on Wednesday evening their annual meeting, with some new board members joining.
In her president’s report, Kelly Eddy noted the shelter received 345 calls for animal control, which is up from last year.
The shelter saw a total of 197 cats adopted this year, and 26 were claimed back by their owners, with 20 being euthanized, said Eddy, pointing out that the cats which were put down were mostly very sick. One jackrabbit was also put down as it had been hit by a car.
There were 56 dogs adopted in the last year and 190 were claimed back by their owners. A total of 17 cat traps were issued between April and October. The shelter currently has a surplus of cats, and responsible owners are being sought to adopt them out.
The cat population is at capacity, with 25 cats in the shelter, along with five dogs.
Eddy said the staff cover all animal control calls from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and board volunteers handle the calls from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., so there is 24-hour animal control service.
“Our wish is to promote responsible pet ownership,” said Eddy, noting they want owners to keep their pets healthy, spayed and neutered, and for dogs, keep them socialized such as by taking them to the dog park, and keeping cats indoors, or trained to go out on a leash.
Eddy said the Humane Society has eight part-time or casual staff, and noted that staff turnover is an issue they will need to deal with.
In the financial statements, the revenue totalled $90,639 for the year, down from $106,184 from the year before; part of the reason was a decline in fundraising revenue, as they raised $1,997 this year compared to $5,711 the year before. Also, donations were down slightly, with $32,652 in donations in 2012, down from $35,689.
Expenditures were up this year also, at $83,581, up from $76,007 the year before; increased expenses were seen for building repairs and maintenance, professional fees, vehicle operating expenses and office expenses.
In the end, the net income was $7,058. The net assets at the end of the year was $143,001, up from $134,930 last year.
The board of directors gained a number of new members as well, which Kelly indicated there was a definite need for. Joining the board this year was Amber Heath, Pat Anderson, Patty Stables, Randy Bakaluk and Janelle Cornish.
Eddy remains as president, Jeff Cooney as vice-president, Lorinda Rogers as treasurer, Colleen Morrice as assistant treasurer, and Korryn Kubashek as secretary.
Former long-time president Dave Frayn and Heather Haupstein were both made honourary members of the Humane Society.
Eddy said the two most important committees of the board are the fundraising and shelter committees; seven of the board members, including a number of the new members, indicated they would help on the fundraising committee.