Like businesses and organizations around the world, the Fort Defiance Humane Society struggles to fill positions.
This news was one of many topics discussed at the organization’s monthly board meeting on Wednesday night, held at Defiance’s Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.
Lisa Weaner, director of animal shelter Justin F. Coressel, informed the board of directors that she is “actively recruiting like crazy” to fill the vacancies and that she has received many applications. But she said employees who don’t stay long or stop working at the last minute have complicated things.
She told the board that “we have enough (of staff) to get by” while a new adoption coordinator will begin her duties on July 5. But it was difficult, Weaner said, because with a lot of cats and dogs now available “we are working overtime.
On another front, she noted that officials from the Humanitarian Society were planning to meet with Defiance City Council on Tuesday evening to discuss the feral cat situation.
She has been in contact with Mayor McCann about this and explained that there was “a lot of trouble” in Defiance with feral cats.
“… Mayor McCann needs help, so we’re going to talk and talk about what he could help in conjunction with other supports within the city,” Weaner said.
She mentioned a possible trap and release program in which cats are trapped, neutered and neutered, then released into their environment.
In other Wednesday business, the board:
• Reviewed the list of upcoming fundraisers, which includes Party in the Park on July 23 at Defiance’s Moose Lodge, the Brewery Race Series on August 7, the Eagles golf outing on September 18, and the big annual event – this year featuring “Dueling Pianos” – October 2 at the Defiance Eagles. The latter event provided a quarter of the agency’s revenue two years ago, according to Weaner.
• thanked those who helped manage the laundry at the animal shelter (since the facility is reduced to a washer and dryer, which requires visits to the laundromat), and Dr. Karen Pedden, a Hicksville veterinarian who continues to help with sterilization / neutral clinics which are booked in September.
• Reviewed the animal shelter‘s monthly report, noting that 39 dogs were rescued in May, along with 17 cats. Eight cats were adopted in April, as well as 16 dogs. Seven dogs were recovered, according to the report. The shelter housed 33 dogs on Monday, as well as 42 cats.
• approved the financial report for the month of May, showing net income of $ 26,084.54 in the first five months of 2021, compared to $ 22,693.23 during the same period in 2020.
• Welcomed new board member Sheila Slattery from Hicksville.
• discussed the “creature card” fundraiser. The board of directors is working on a new card that allows buyers to benefit from discounts at participating companies.