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May 22, 2013

18 months later, improvement noted at SPCA


Tonawanda News — Carr also said the shelter's new board of directors, elected in May 2012 when the old board stepped down, has "met frequently" and "worked hard to bring forward movement to the organization." 

"The new board is fully invested (and) in change," Carr said. 

Among Carr's recommendations in her latest report are calls for additional staff training and "professional development" for board members.

"I anticipate all those things will happen," she said. 

Carr said her greatest concern for the shelter, in the future, is a continuing lack of adequate financial support from the community.

"If (the community) wants a great SPCA, they have to step up to the plate and support the organization," Carr said. "I was very sorry to find that donations from the community have remained fairly low."

Carr backs plans by the new board to bring on an administrative and fundraising executive. Board President Bryan Barish said finding that person remains a priority.

"We're still in the process of creating a long-term strategic plan and when that is completed, we'll look at getting (a fundraising specialist) on board."

Lewis said membership at the shelter is up from 2012 and adoption rates have doubled from the height of the animal care crisis.

"They are at the point where they are saving all the healthy animals that come to them," Carr said. 

Despite continued limited resources, Carr said that, unlike her last visit, the Niagara County shelter is now "well run" and full of "happy, healthy animals."

"It was my first time back and it was delightful to be here," Carr said.  

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