Looking back: week in review May 21-28
Just in case you missed these stories this past week:
- Information on human foods toxic for pets
- City of Sikeston takes over The Sikeston Area Humane Society
- Humane Society of Southeast Missouri requests contract increase from the City of Cape Girardeau
Dr. Byrd, owner of Skyview Animal Clinic in Cape Girardeau, says they get calls daily because pets have ingested food like grapes, raisins, onions, chocolate, and even gum which contains artificial sweetener Xylitol.
Pets like dogs and cats have a digestive system different from humans and their bodies cannot process these foods and so it lays in the animal’s body, becoming toxic, which can cause kidney failure. Who knew?
The ingestion of a family size tub of raisins, by one of my dogs, prompted a major scare here and the installation of a baby gate on the kitchen door.
On May 19th I reported the City of Sikeston’s intend to take over the Sikeston Area Humane Society. The organization’s operating license with the Missouri Department of Agriculture had been revoked on April 20, 2017.
The Southeast Missourian reported this morning that the city has officially taken control of the already city owned facility. “Sikeston veterinarian Stephen Williams has already been to facility to examine the animals at the city’s request,” said Jay Lancaster, director of Sikeston Public Works.
According to Zed Boyd, Director for the Sikeston Area Humane Society, they have (as an organization) been trying to assist in finding the animals remaining at the facility other accommodations. (rescue or another animal facility).
As of May 25th the shelter still housed 16 dogs, eight puppies, and 10 cats.
The City of Sikeston intends to reopen the shelter to the public in a week or so.
It’s no secret that animal care is costly for rescues and shelters. And like every other expense in this world those expenses increase pretty consistently.
While many animal rescues and shelters operate on donations alone, some shelters are able to contract with the animal control departments in surrounding areas. These contracts not only provide a valuable service to the animals of surrounding communities that have no shelters of their own, they allow the contracting shelter additional income enabling them to keep their doors open.
One such shelter is the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri located in Cape Girardeau.
According to a May 25th article in the Southeast Missourian, the Humane Society contracts with 10 local governments in Missouri and Illinois.
For an annual fee, officers and animal control agents of contracted city governments can transport and drop off animals from their jurisdiction at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri.
Contract amounts are based on the number of animals brought in from outside locations the previous year and only cover a little over fifty percent of the cost of the intake and short term care of a single animal. According to Charlotte Craig, president of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri located in Cape Girardeau, fees for individual contracts are at the cost of $75 per animal.
Last year the City of Cape Girardeau paid approximately $59,298 for their contract with the shelter. The City of Jackson paid $22,000. Total contracts paid to the shelter by all participating townships was roughly $126,000.
“They are really getting a bargain,” Craig said. She states that $75 per animal is a steal and she’s right. If these contracted cities had to set up their own pound, pay housing and care for their own animals, pay for employees to do all the work, cover the overhead of building maintenance, utilities, and a multitude of other expenses, their cost per animal would be significantly more that $75 each.
In attendance at the May session for the Cape Girardeau City Council, Craig requested the city’s annual contract be increased to $85,500 for the fiscal year 2017, citing “the cost of doing business”. If the city does not agree it’s possible that the shelter will put a limit on the number of the animals they will take from the city in the coming year.
1,100 of the animals taken in by the shelter in 2016 came from the City of Cape Girardeau. That’s nearly one third of the of the shelter’s 3,134 intakes for the year. The shelter’s operations costs last year were $392,000.00.
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