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Review for Southern Pines Animal Shelter, Hattiesburg, MS, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I have always been interested in the plight of lost, abandoned, and surrendered companion animals. I was a long-time donor to Southern Pines Animal Shelter before I began to be active on the Advisory Committee and, later, the Board of Directors, where I serve now as Treasurer. SPAS has undergone significant transformation from an under-funded holding facility with bad conditions for the animals to a clean, bright and large facility where there is hope for those animals who come into our care. In the past few years, we have enlisted community support, such as PetSmart where we are an adoption partner and keep cats and kittens in their store for adoption. We have many community businesses who donate money and services, including some on our Board of Directors. In 2008, I led the Board on a strategic planning session, the first ever for this group. Out of that planning, we have grown our budget, our funding, our donor list, our contact with the community, and,most importantly, we opened a low-cost, high quality Spay & Neuter Clinic during Summer 2009. We recognize that the only way to effectively reduce the euthanasia rates is to address the issue of companion animal over-population. Our Shelter is still under-funded and under-staffed. We continue to build our donor base and have a plan to address and expand our municipal support base. The Board of Directors is active, committed, and engaged. Our two programs, Shelter & Spay/Neuter Clinic have operations managers who are excellent at their jobs. We are currently working to hire an Executive Director who will oversee both programs and work primarily on funding issues.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

-increased adoptions -opening of Spay/Neuter Clinic -increased municipal support

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Really being able to be part of making positive changes for our community and for the animals who come into our care.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

- Volunteers are caring & committed; - Shelter staff care deeply about the animals and less so about human clients; - Clinic staff is highly professional and customer-oriented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

significantly reduce our euthanasia rates over 3-5 years through promoting free or very low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. The ONLY solution to euthanasia of companion animals in the US is to address the issue of over-population.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & Act as Board Treasurer; work almost daily with accountants and shelter/clinic staff re: finances; maintain donor database; compile, edit, & ready for printing our newsletter, The Pet Press; work with Public Relations Committee to assist with public image.