LEMHI COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY INC

Rating: 3 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 1918 Salmon ID 83467 USA

Mission: SPAY & NEUTER PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE AS IS EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR CARE OF ANIMALS. VOLUNTi WALK THE DOGS. ONE OF THE MAIN FOCUS POINTS IS TO ADOPT OUT THE ANIMALS AND TO TRY TO STOP THE PROLIFERATION OF THE DOGS AND CATS.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I would like to rebutt the previous review.

The folks who are on the board of the Lemhi County Humane Society donate thousands of hours and dollars to the organization on a yearly basis.

The Humane Society concerns itself with both animal sheltering and animal welfare. The past few winters have been especially bad since hay prices are high. There have been many cases of animal abuse and neglect by horse owners. So...if the previous poster is one of those people that considers what we do as policing...... Damn right we're going to police the people who allow their animals to starve and we're going to prosecute them if possible.

Now, about that veterinarian...yes, the board did send a letter to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine because there were many failed spay surgeries where shelter workers walked in to the shelter and found the guts of the spayed animal (be it a dog or a cat) on the floor of their pen. THIS JUST WON'T FLY WITH US!. The vet has been asked repeatedly to get more help to become a better surgeon but this hasn't happened. The Humane Society consulted two veterinarians from out of the area (actually out of the state) who recommended we do what we did. We don't do things willy nilly or without reason.

Finally, If anyone out there thinks they can do a better job then step on up and start doing it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

This organization started out as a truly wonderful non-profit, doing all they could to help animals in need. But---over the years, and after many changes to the board of directors, they have become a group of people who seem to be more interested in policing pet owners, livestock growers, and even the veterinarians they do business with. They have trespassed on private property to check animals and to trap feral cats. They have made false accusations about a local veterinarian, which were investigated by the State Board of Veterinarian Medicine, and said veterinarian exonerated. There are two members of the board of directors who have conflicts of interest and the organization doesn't have a Conflict of Interest Policy. Their record keeping is not sufficient and there have been complaints from the public about some of the staff at the Animal Shelter. Rude is a word that has been used to describe them. Too bad-- because they have a wonderful facility and this community needs the services they provide.

After reading the rebuttal to my review and in light of recent activity from this organization in our community, I will add a little. Starting a Facebook campaign to discredit local law enforcement officers is not what their mission statement is. Maybe they need to review that and amend, as that is exactly what they have done.

I noticed the other reviewer did not give any statistics of what they have done with grant money received. Nor did she address the fact that they have a serious conflict of interest. Further harassment of said veterinarian has been noted and Idaho State Board of Veterinary Medicine, monitoring the situation, continues to find no wrong doing by the veterinarian.

If I could give them 1/2 a star, I would.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Start over with a new Board of Directors and make sure that they all know the rules and regulations governing a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Definitely, do evaluations on the employees regularly.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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