Humane Society showing financial progress


The shelter generated a net profit of nearly $9,800 from July to September 2013

The Humane Society of the Ochocos (HSO) may have to navigate the unexpected rescue of about 100 cats, but recent developments suggest the shelter is trending up.

The City of Prineville has agreed to continue their $3,000 monthly contributions to the Humane Society provided they furnish quarterly financial reports.

City officials recently received the first report since the agreement was finalized, and with the help of city and county contributions (also $3,000 per month), the shelter ended the quarter (July through September 2013) with a net income of $9,782.

As recently as last summer, HSO board president Greg Lynch told local government officials that the shelter was facing a shortfall every month, so the recent financial news was a welcome sight.

“They have done a good job of getting contributions and from what it looks like, they have done a very good job of maintaining the numbers of animals and getting some adopted out,” said City Councilor Steve Uffelman. “If they continue doing what they are doing, they are very financially solvent.”

Much of the Humane Society income was generated by donations and adoptions, two things that shelter manager Stephen Drynan has tried to emphasize since he arrived 10 months ago.

During the quarter, donations and fundraisers brought in close to $11,000 while adoptions provided another approximately $14,500.

Going forward, the Humane Society seems poised to continue its upward trend. Earlier this week, local residents Bob and Sandy Serrano donated their 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee to the shelter.

“Right now, we have an acute need (for a vehicle),” said HSO board director Bill Zelenka. “We have employees who have no other means to transport animals. It is coming at the right time for us.”

Regarding his donation, Serrano said that the Humane Society and other local organizations are dependent upon donations, and he wanted to do his part.

“I believe people need to do what they can for their community,” he said.

The Humane Society is also planning to open a thrift store as soon as next month, and the proceeds from that business are expected to support the shelter.

“Right now, we are just trying to get it all together,” said HSO board director Rebecca Ott. “We don’t have an official opening time, but we are accepting donations so that we can get it started probably in the next couple weeks.”

Meanwhile, HSO continues to deal with its cat rescue. About 70 cats have been trapped thus far and about 35 have been adopted out. Because most of the cats are feral, each one is examined by a veterinarian to assess the cats’ health and whether they are suitable for adoption. If they cannot adopt them out, Ott said that the Cat Rescue Adoption and Foster Team (CRAFT) can find people looking for barn cats.

The cats are staying in foster homes instead of the Humane Society facility, however the rescue incurs considerable expense. Ott pointed out that HSO still had to fund the veterinary checkups and foster homes for cat food and other supplies. However, the shelter received a $10,700 emergency grant from PetSmart that has helped soften the financial blow.

Despite the challenges, Drynan is pleased with the progress the Humane Society has made. When he arrived his goal was to cut expenses while raising revenues, and so far, the results have either met or exceeded his expectations.

“It’s going good,” he said.