In 2015, we took in and cared for nearly 4,000 animals, and so far in 2016, we are on target to care for as many, if not more. Many of these animals receive shelter, care, and medical treatment as they wait to find their forever home through BCHS adoption services.
We have expanded our efforts to find permanent homes for adoptable animals by participating in a number of off-site adoption events and by housing adoptable animals at PetSmart Monaca (Beaver County), PetSmart New Castle (Lawrence County), PetSmart Cranberry and Petco Cranberry (Butler County), as well as our newest partner Pet Valu in Wexford (Allegheny County).
Adoptions have more than doubled – from 963 in 2013 to a record 1,972 in 2015. This is particularly impressive given that the number of animals taken in by the shelter during this time increased by 20% and the euthanasia rate decreased by nearly 50%.
By proactively working to promote and advocate for the adoption of pets, improving progressive life-saving measures, and implementing new programs and initiatives, our euthanasia rate is becoming comparable to that of a no-kill (also known as a limited-access) shelter, resulting in many more lives saved.
Other animals benefitted from low-cost rabies clinics and microchipping or were returned to their homes through BCHS pet lost and found services.
We also serve as a community resource, providing free education programs, operating a pet food bank, and providing owner-requested End of Life services.
We have seen an increase in investigating all too frequent cases of animal abuse or neglect and 20 municipalities now depend on us to provide animal control services. Like all non-profits and businesses, we are an ever-evolving organization, and we are proud to now be viewed as a resource center for animals and animal welfare issues.
For calendar year 2016, our shelter operates on an efficient budget of $1.2 million and employs 11 full-time and 15 part-time people. We receive no financial operating support from donations made to any regional or national animal welfare organizations, and we are not directly funded through local, state, or federal tax dollars. Instead, we accomplish all that we do solely through the philanthropic support of the community – your help and that of other invaluable stakeholders in the Beaver County Humane Society.
As we strive to meet our mission, BCHS is now facing a revenue shortfall after learning of a 75% decrease in one of our largest and longest-standing sources of support – a grant from Beaver County. The grant was cut from $50,000 to $13,000 for 2016. This is a huge hit to our already tight budget and could mean less help is available for the animals in need.
We do need your help. Please know that we view this current shortfall as a “bump in the road” and are developing numerous strategies to ensure long-term fiscal stability. We will be sharing these strategies in the near future.
For now, we make this special appeal and ask you to please consider making a special donation to get us through this unexpected deficit we face in the short term. Any amount you decide to donate – no amount is too small – will be very much appreciated and will make a difference in the lives of the animals we serve. We hope that you are as excited as we are about the improved benefits and positive change we are providing the community and will want to sustain our progress by helping us through these tough times.
We are deeply grateful for your support. We are all truly thankful for your devotion to the animals. Your gift today is the gift of life for countless animals in need.