Thursday, February 18, 2016

Comment Worthy A Post From Worcester Humane Society

H. Bahrami has left a new comment on your post "Worcester County Humane Society In Turmoil": 

I would like to respond to some of these posts...Johnathan at lower eastern shore news has been very open to listening to me and to seeing that many posts are people with other agendas. I , Heather Bahrami, am a board member. 
As for the last post, I was at Kelly's home last week. She has 3 extra cats from the shelter that have a very common parasite and are being treated there to prevent all the cats from being affected at the shelter. She does have numerous animals. She has 2 birds and 4 small dogs as well as 4 cats of her own. Since when is that an outrageous number for someone that dedicates their life to the animals despite the fact that she has a full time job? The animals she has are animals that would not fare well at the shelter with many other animals or ones that need more constant care or medical help. She does not hoard animals...If that were the case, we would have a much more thinnned out shelter. 
As for the money we raise...we have been actively applying for grants. We have a very limited number of volunteers that have the time to write grants and I personally can tell you it is not easy. We have submitted applications for 3 grants in the last 2 months. Last year we applied for the Md State Agricultural Grant and did not receive it, but we did receive great feedback to aknoledge the need for a low cost spay and neuter clinic that we applied for funds for. We are working tirelessly on ways to fund this clinic we need so badly in our County. Last week I applied for another to be able to spay and neuter 18 pit bull type dogs for free and subsidize 44 cats and 44 dogs so that there owners only have to pay small fees. Cat owners would only have to pay $10 for pre-op exam, spay or neuter, rabies shots and microchip. 
As far as the budget... Unfortunately, a majority of our budget is spent on vet care as well as the few employees we have daily at the shelter. Also note, a large majority of the money we run the shelter on is donations, sponsors or fundraisers. Our financials are public for anyone to see. We are an 501c non-profit, therefore they must be public. I am very proud of the work we do. It is never perfect, but we never stop trying. Our adoption number has been tremendous lately and of course, that fluctuates. I also want to bring up the fact that others must think we do a pretty good job. We were just recognized by Miranda Lambert's Foundation with a donation. She picks one shelter per state, and we were the one picked in Maryland... 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Worcester County Animal Control now offers a low cost spay and neuter program available to all who are interested. Contact them for details.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

That place has gone terribly downhill. From what I heard they've gone through at least 3 directors. Of course adoptions will be "tremendous"
when you adopt out irresponsibly. My friend is stuck with a cat that she didn't even want when her son and his girlfriend were thrown out of their rental house because of the cat. You ever heard of checking property records before handing over animals to every Tom Dick and Harry that walks in the door. Whoever Heather Bahrami and this Kelly are they should be ashamed of themselves The son and his girlfriend barely have money to pay for themselves much less a cat anyway. Anyone who works should not have 4 dogs. That totally and without any doubts irresponsible. I have one dog and I don't work and he takes up hours of my time in a day. Those dogs are being neglected either physically or emotionally or both. She probably shoves them in a cage while she's working too! And goes to bed too. That's horrible.

Anonymous said...

"She has 3 extra cats from the shelter that have a very common parasite and are being treated there to prevent all the cats from being affected at the shelter. She does have numerous animals. She has 2 birds and 4 small dogs as well as 4 cats of her own."

It's not a very good practice to subject cats even those being treated for parasites to the added stress of being moved from one location to another. They can be treated on site with little or no chance of affecting other cats with minimal precautions taken. The question is when will they be returned to the shelter? This is an all too common practice with these shelters that have no real leadership. The "Board", staff and other volunteers end up taking animals home and they use donations for their care including and not limited to veterinary care, food and other supplies like litter.

Anonymous said...

Stick with WorCo Animal Control for spay and neuter is my opinion. I've been to both place and the Humane Society has turned into a hot mess the past few years. The place is cluttered, dirty and it stinks. I can't even go there anymore. It's depressing whereas the WorCo Animal Control is as clean as an operating room, the staff professional and courteous, and the animals better cared for I think.

Anonymous said...

What gets me is how they keep advertising no kill and fooling the public. Two things...first they do euthanize animals but they just don't do it there they take them to another location and do it and secondly how humane is it to keep aggressive non adoptable animals locked in cages for years.