Q: How many animals do you help each year?
A: HSforBC averages around 300 animals a year. We provide routine medical care, spaying and neutering, and, at times, extensive medical care. The Board of Directors has worked painstakingly to form solid relationships with area veterinarians who provide this care at rates the organization can afford. The 300 per year number does not include all the lost and found pets that are turned around through phone calls and social media.
Q: Is there a specific fund for the building?
A: HSforBC has two seperate accounts. One account is the dedicated building fund from which no money is ever withdrawn since its specifically for building a shelter. The other is our operating fund from which all operating expenses are paid.
Q: Can I choose which fund should get my donation?
A: Yes, just let us know where to allocate your donation
Q: HSforBC received a land donation. Why hasn't construction started?
A: HSforBC received a donation of 6 acres of land to build a shelter. HSforBC retained a contractor and architect to design a modest yet purpose built building to meet all local codes and to meet the current need for animal rescue in Boone County. What they spec'd out was a 7000 sq foot building with dogs on one side and cats on the other to minimize stress levels. The center part of the building has an office space, kitchen area, food storage, and a meet & greet room. Sounds pretty basic right? It is!
The pricetag for this commercial structure? $1.4 million!!!
Commercial construction in the fastest growing county in the state is not cheap. Sourcing a structure that is already built presents special challenges in the way of zoning laws and retrofitting to meet local codes while providing a proper and safe space for the animals.
HSforBC has been squirrelling away money into that building fund as quickly as possible while being extremely frugal with the operating fund to stretch dollars as far as possible. To date, HSforBC has about $600,000 available for the building. Could we call the contractor and tell him to break ground next week? Sure, but what happens when the money is gone, the building doesnt pass code because corners were cut, and we've drained the operating fund? We see no point in building a sub-standard building just for the sake of having a building.
Q: Can't you do a Habitat for Humanity style build?
A: Habitat is a stick built construction style and very different than commercial construction with steel beams and concrete. However, we do have committments from contractors pledging to donate parts of the project such as the roof, HVAC, and central vacuum system which will reduce costs.
Q: Doesn't it take a lot of money to put on your big fundraisers?
A: Every fundraiser that we do is self funding. We do not take money out of the bank to run a fundraising project (Furball, Paws & Claws, golf scramble, etc). All of those costs are covered by sponsor dollars before the event even starts. We have been working hard to make those kinds of connections and build some pretty good relationships with our sponsors.
Q: Hamilton County has a top notch program, will Boone County have something similar?
A: We have copies of the book written by Tom Rogers that details how he created the system in Hamilton County. We have shared that book and vision with various people. The first step to making that plan work is the creation of a comprehensive set of County wide animal ordinances, which is no easy task. We are happy to report that there is an entity in Boone County working on a proof of concept plan for animal control based on the Hamilton County model that can then be presented to the governing bodies for consideration.
Q: This website looks expensive, did you use money donated for animal care to create it?
A: No. When we knew that our old website was no longer doing us justice we did ask around to identify someone who could build us a more modern and user friendly website. We found that we were looking at a discounted rate of about $500 for a new website. That price wasn't too bad but we like to be a LOT more frugal with our money, so the President of our organization sat down and built this website himself for a total cost of less than $20 (and many hours of his own time).
Q: Is HSforBC a "no-kill shelter"?
A: HSforBC does not euthanize for space. Our official policy is:
Only under circumstances when an Animal is faced with a terminal situation either brought on by health or injury and it is determined that there is no sustainable quality of life due to pain and suffering, Or if an Animal is of such a temperament that it poses a physical threat to other Animals or Humans and it is determined that the problem can not be rehabilitated. Animals are not euthanized unless medically necessary and or display extreme aggression that cannot be retrained. A sub-group of directors review the merits of each individual case.
An animal assessment committee of three members is established to evaluate animals that have behavior or serious health issues that would prevent a suitable adoption. The committee shall determine treatment, rehabilitation, or euthanasia for each animal referred to them based on all available information and by a unanimous decision.