Mar 252015
 

We were disappointed to hear Monday that Misty Hale-Viscuso was let go as the Shelter Manager of the Clermont County Animal Shelter. Under Misty’s leadership for Clermont to the Rescue (CTTR), the euthanasia rate for dogs was down from 57 in Jan and Feb of 2014 to 5 for the same period in 2015 – a 91% decrease!!

The CTTR web site shows that Jessica Choate, Misty’s Kennel Manager, has assumed leadership for the shelter. Best wishes Jessica in achieving the CTTR goal to “implement programs and offer resources that establish a sense of responsibility, kindness and empathy towards animals, thus dramatically reducing euthanasia.”

 

Dec 202014
 

On Wednesday, December 17th the Clermont County Board of Commissioners selected Clermont to the Rescue (CTTR) as their agent to provide Dog Care, Housing and Warden Services for 2015. We’re excited to see this change in leadership at the Clermont County Animal Shelter and look forward to working with Ms. DeVaughn and her supporters to save more shelter animals in 2015.

We are concerned however about statements on the Clermont to the Rescue website, specifically:

  1. An emphasis that CTTR does not believe in the programs of the No Kill Equation. These programs are used in 250 communities across 17 states saving over 90% of all animals entering their open-admission shelters. They are the only proven means to achieve and sustain save rates that protect all healthy and treatable animals. Why would an organization formed to save lives exclude the tools that are proven to work?
    CTTR No Kill Stance
  2. Their insistence that “irresponsible pet owners” are to blame for overcrowding at the shelter. Once the animals reach the shelter, placing blame is counterproductive. The programs of the No Kill Equation provide a safety net for the reason why animals are euthanized in shelters, reduce intake and increase redemptions. Will CTTR continue to share the tired rhetoric used by their predecessor without exploring programs to make a difference?
    Irresponsible Pet Owners
  3. Not a single reference to cats on their web site. Based on the euthanasia lists issued by the Clermont County Humane Society to the Commissioners K-9 Designee, CTTR can expect to receive more cats than dogs in 2015.
  4. A promise that “seniors and animals that need medical care” will be their “top priority” with no reference to the Medical and Behavior programs required to save them.
    CTTR_Top_Priority_141220

We understand CTTR needs time to prepare the shelter for occupancy, hire and train staff, recruit and train volunteers. The contract used by the Commissioners for the Animal Shelter has historically required the organization to “publish its rules and operating procedures” and make “said regulations and any amendments … available at the Shelter for inspection during all business hours.”

We look forward to reading CTTR’s RFP response and their new rules and operating procedures to understand the scope of the programs planned for “Fostering cooperation between community organizations, while reducing the euthanasia rate for dogs in the care of the Board of County Commissioners, Clermont County, Ohio” as stated in the Commissioners RFP scope of work.

Dec 052014
 

It’s time to celebrate to passing of a major milestone, one we’ve been actively working for over 2 YEARS!! At noon today organizations interested in submitting proposals for Dog Care, Housing and Warden Services in Clermont County were to submit sealed proposals to the Clermont County Board of Commissioners – the first time EVER!

Dog Celebrating

We know that Clermont Pets Alive! submitted a proposal and support their bid to displace the Clermont County Humane Society as the County’s experts for animal services. In their role as the Commissioners K-9 Designee, Clermont Pets Alive! has single-handedly raised the save rate for dogs at the Clermont County Animal Shelter by 14%!

Since starting in its role as K-9 Designee in October 2013, Clermont Pets Alive! has:

  • Rescued 236 canines from the euthanasia lists provided by CCHS (91%).
  • Saved 22 dogs from our Community (to keep them out of the Shelter).

Since the organization’s inceptions, Clermont Pets Alive! has:

  • Rescued 576  animals from euthanasia lists provided by CCHS.
  • Saved an additional 790 animals from our Community. 

It’s time to celebrate our progress toward adding Clermont County to the growing list of communities saving over 90% of all animals entering their open-admission shelter, but there’s still work to be done. When Clermont Pets Alive! takes over the shelter from the Clermont County Humane Society they will have to start over – EVERYTHING in the building is owned by the Humame Society. 

Visit www.ShelterChange.com to pledge your support for a much needed change in leadership at the Clermont County Animal Shelter.

Jan 252014
 

Congratulations to the Clermont County Humane Society (CCHS) and Clermont Pets Alive! (CPA) for making 2013 the SAFEST year in recent history to be a homeless dog in Clermont County. The live save rate for canines at the Clermont County Animal Shelter rose to over 61%, making this the first year since we’ve collected statistics that more dogs went home through the front door via redemption and adoption than left through the back – CONGRATULATIONS!

CCHS 2013 Stats Trend

As the County’s K-9 Designee Clermont Pets Alive! saved the lives of 66 dogs (89% of those placed on the euthanasia list) in 2013. In the brief 10 weeks of supporting the homeless pets of Clermont County, CPA INCREASED the LIVE SAVE RATE at the Clermont County Shelter by 5%!! This is a tremendous testament to the power of embracing the community as a solution to ending the killing of healthy and treatable animals at our open-admission shelter.

Thank you to all who adopt, foster, donate and volunteer to Clermont Pets Alive! to support the homeless pets of Clermont County. YOUR support makes a DIFFERENCE, one animal at a time. Please share your experience with others to grow support for ending the killing at the Clermont County Animal Shelter.

THE OTHER PAW – CATS

When the CCHS approved their 2013 contract with the Board of Clermont Commissioners in April, they dropped the reporting of felines from their monthly statistics. This “oversight” was highlighted to the County with a request to include cats (and all other animals), with no impact. The Humane Society has not returned to reporting statistics for ALL animals entering their facility, clouding their fate in mystery.

In an effort to promote full transparency, let’s extrapolate 2013 numbers for felines based on the only year for which a break-down species is available (2011). If the same reduction in intake and increase in adoptions is assumed for cats between 2011 and 2013, it’s estimated the CCHS KILLED ALMOST 1,000 CATS and KITTENS in 2013!

2011 2013
Cats Dogs Dogs % Change Cats*
Entered Shelter 2446 1768 1344 -24% 1859
Killed 2249 1155 504 -56% 981
Adopted 160 330 559 69% 271
*Estimate Based on Canine Improvements

Full disclosure will allow additional animal advocates within the Community to step up to affect change. In 2013 Clermont Pets Alive! rescued 43 cats and kittens from death (91% of those made available on the euthanasia list), increasing the estimated SAVE RATE 3% in 10 weeks. If you’re interested in knowing the statistics for all animals entering the COUNTY’S shelter, give the Humane Society a call at 513-732-8854 or send an email to info@ClermontCountyAnimalShelter.com.

Oct 222013
 

October 22nd 2013 marks the beginning of a new partnership in Clermont County. One in which the County’s lost and homeless pets will begin to enjoy the benefits of the County Commissioners contract with Clermont Pets Alive! (CPA) to rescue dogs from the euthanasia list at the Clermont County Animal Shelter.

Today, Clermont Pets Alive! rescued 2 dogs and 4 cats (yes, cats too!) under the terms of their contract with the County as their K-9 Designee. Ohio Revised Code (and CPA’s contract as the Clermont County K-9 Designee) only provides for the care of dogs, but over the weekend the Clermont County Humane Society (CCHS) added cats to the first euthanasia list they shared with Clermont Pets Alive! The terms of the contract give CPA 24 hours to select animals for rescue from the euthanasia list, then an additional 24 hours to transfer the pets selected from the Clermont County Animal Shelter to a rescue, foster or forever home.

Here are the happy faces of the very first animals rescued from the euthanasia list at the Clermont County Animal Shelter. If you’re interested in opening your home to an animal rescued from Clermont County, visit www.CPAAdopt.org to adopt an animal, www.CPAFoster.org to foster an animal or www.CPARescue.org to apply as a rescue partner.

First Animals Rescued Under Terms of the K-9 Designee Contract

Sep 162013
 

Everything worth having is worth waiting for right? ABSOLUTELY!

On July 22nd, Clermont Pets Alive! (CPA!) was selected by the Board of Clermont County Commissioners to serve as their third party agent to rescue dogs and puppies from the euthanasia list at the Clermont County Animal Shelter. This is the first time in over 40 years the County has taken this aggressive step toward increasing the live save rate at the Shelter. Clermont Pets Alive! receives no compensation from the County or the Clermont County “Humane” Society (CCHS), the County’s Shelter Partner, yet like every relationship with a government entity it must be sealed with a contract.

Contract negotiations between the Board of County Commissioners and Clermont Pets Alive! are nearing completion and should be finalized by the end of the month. After which,  the County Administrator will “facilitate” discussions between CPA! and the CCHS regarding the procedures by which CPA! will be notified of dogs available for rescue and steps to be taken when transferring them to CPA!.

If you’re reading this Clermont Pets Alive! needs your help and support to demonstrate that our Community is passionate about saving lives – all lives! Visit www.CPAVolunteer.org now to see how you can apply your enthusiasm, experience and skills (or learn some new ones) in support of the lost and homeless pets of Clermont County.

“What about the cats?” It’s true, the agreement between the County and CPA! only permits the rescue of dogs. This is because Ohio Law does not recognize cats as property. Clermont Pets Alive! is committed to the rescue of all lost and homeless pets in Clermont County but will have to work its way into a position to rescue cats from the euthanasia list at the County Animal Shelter. If you think the Clermont County “Humane” Society should make cats and kittens (yes, kittens are killed as well) available to Clermont Pets Alive! for rescue, give them a call at 513-732-8854.

Jul 062013
 

Friday, July 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT is a time that will be held in high regard by the lost and homeless dogs of Clermont County. It marks the deadline for the submission of proposals for a single organization to pull dogs from the euthanasia list at the Clermont County Animal Shelter. This “K-9 Designee” will receive 24 hour notice of dog euthanasia’s at the Clermont County Animal Shelter and have a total of forty eight (48) hours after notification to save dogs from needless euthanasia at absolutely zero (0) cost.

How could we have been silent on the approaching landmark opportunity to befall Clermont County’s lost and homeless dogs – politics! The political process takes time – time to investigate, time to analyze, time to formulate, time to communicate and time to make a decision. We felt it prudent to delay communication until it was time for the County to make their decision (scheduled for July 19th).

The opportunity for a 3rd party agent to pull dogs from the euthanasia list at the Clermont County Animal Shelter was included in the “Humane” Society’s 2013 contract which, unfortunately, was not approved until the end of April (due to a 2nd extension granted by the Board of County Commissioners). Here’s the “announcement” of the 3rd party agent from the County’s 2013 contract with the “Humane” Society:

2013 CCHS contract 3rd Party Agent

Notice the use of the ambiguous phrase “adoptable dog” (as well as “best adoption efforts” in the first sentence – unmarked). Due to this ambiguity and the delays present in the “Humane” Society’s 2013 contract negotiation, we thought it prudent to delay communication until the County’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for the K-9 Designee (their current term for the 3rd party agent) was issued.

After reading the RFP (download a copy to review) our hopes for clarity were dashed. We provided written inquiries for clarity on phrases in the County’s 2013 contract with the “Humane” Society, with the intent of supporting organizations preparing responses to the RFP. Unfortunately, the County Prosecutor responded unfavorably with “The Society Contract Questions are not questions related to the Request for Proposal document as anticipated in the RFP section captioned, Point of Contact:” In other words, the health and well-being of the animals in question is not relevant to the legal transfer between the organizations. Interesting response given the County’s desire to “decrease the euthanasia rate”. So, our silence continued until after the RFP submission deadline.

We don’t know how many organizations replied to the Request for a K-9 Designee to pull dogs from the euthanasia list at the Clermont County Animal Shelter (decision expected July 19th), but we’re encouraged by the County’s action to find a creative solution to ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets at the Clermont County Animal Shelter. Unfortunately, the RFP does not include:

  • cats, the “Humane” Society doe not have the make cats scheduled for euthanasia available to the 3rd part agent,
  • nor does it address many of the preventive programs of the No Kill Equation (like Trap-Neuter-Return, Proactive Redemption, Pet Retention, Medical and Behavioral Rehabilitation and Foster Care).

Hope at Last? Yes, we believe there’s reason for animal advocates and the lost and homeless pets (cats included given the fair treatment their canine friends will soon enjoy we’re hopeful a similar agreement can be reached between the “Humane” Society and the K-9 Designee) in Clermont County to celebrate. The timing and scope of that celebration will be determined by the contractual details of the K-9 Designee and the policies, procedures and practices to be negotiated with the “Humane” Society.

P.S. Interested in assisting? Clermont Pets Alive! submitted a response to the County for the K-9 Designee. Visit www.CPAVolunteer.org to express your interest in helping them increase the live save rate for dogs in Clermont county.

Feb 112013
 

Update From My Furry Valentine Organizer

Five hundred and seven (507) dogs, cats, rabbits, rats and other animals found new, forever homes as a result of  the My Furry Valentine (MFV) event. The 2-day  main event was attended by over 4,100 people and supported by nearly 60 area rescues/shelters. All area shelters were invited to participate (free of  charge). If they couldn’t physically attend, they could join as a satellite location to benefit from the advertising associated with the event. Many more animals were adopted as a direct result of being featured on the My Furry Valentine Facebook page prior to the event (not included in the 507).

Some groups “ran out” of animals, even for traditionally “hard-to-place” breeds like pitbulls. Adore-A-Bull rescue placed every single animal they had in their rescue, receiving nearly 40 applications on 24 dogs, completely turning over their available dogs as a result of participation at MFV.

Where, oh where was the Clermont County “Humane” Society?


Increase adoptions and redemptions while reducing intake through embracing our Community as the solution rather than the problem, obviously an oversimplification but here’s a BIG piece of the solution – if you can’t get the people to come to you, go to where the people are!

I attended both days of the My Furry Valentine event over the weekend – Greater Cincinnati’s largest animal adoption event.

My Furry Valentine

The 2nd annual event was held in West Chester, OH at the world headquarters of Flexi USA. I looked high and low for the Clermont County “Humane” Society’s booth but to my dismay they were no where to be found.

On Saturday, over 2,400 people walked through to visit over 50 shelters, rescues and vendors providing forever homes to 150 new furry family members. The last count I heard on Sunday added an additional 60 pets adopted at the main event. Satellite adoption events were also held all over the city to make it ever so simple for families to adopt a new pet.

It’s easy to sit back and “blame the irresponsible public” for not altering their animals. Adopting our way out of the killing requires extra effort, effort that resulted in saving the lives of at least 210 more lost and homeless pets this past week. Effort volunteers from rescues and other shelters gladly provided, effort our community is ready to provide when they’re confident the animal they try to save this weekend isn’t going to be killed Monday morning.

My Furry Valentine

Feb 082013
 

The Board of Directors for the Clermont County “Humane” Society posted a letter on their web site yesterday sharing their thoughts and opinions regarding the efforts of Fix Clermont to end the killing at our animal shelter.  Their web site does not allow comments so I’ve copied their letter and will reply paragraph by paragraph. Text from the Board’s letter is  quoted in italics.

“Dear Friends,

The time has come to share with you some very disturbing activity on the part of a local organization recently formed whose mission may seem on the surface to simply want to help Clermont County Humane Society but in actuality and from all indications, seek to derail its good work.

FixClermont is the name of that newly formed organization. Their mission is to eliminate animal euthanasia altogether at the Clermont County animal shelter. The Society’s board met with them to hear their proposal. While the board admires their goal, FixClermont’s method is not sustainable, realistic and is a simplistic answer to a complex issue. Because of the differing strategic opinions on how to reach this goal, they have threatened to do everything they can to undermine Clermont County Humane Society’s mission and relationship with the County.”

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify our position. The elimination of euthanasia is an admirable goal but is not one we believe is achievable. There will always be animals that are too vicious or too ill to be saved. Our research indicates that percentage is less than 5% of the total animal intake every year in almost 90 communities that have implemented the No Kill Equation.

We do believe the programs of the No Kill Equation are simple but not easy to implement. Simple in that they focus on reducing intakes, increasing redemptions/adoptions and rehabilitating animals that would otherwise be deemed as unsavable. Not easy because they require faith that the public will support their efforts to put down the needle as a solution for lack of time or space and trust the community (more on this later). The 11 programs we’re proposing to be implemented in Clermont County are:

Lifesaving Difference

“CCHS is contracted by the Board of County Commissioners of Clermont County to manage an open-admission facility, just as each county is required by State Law. CCHS has been managing the county’s animal shelter since 1971. As an open-admission facility, it accepts all cats and dogs for any reason and in any condition from the citizens of Clermont County and other outlying areas. Unfortunately, many of the animals that come through the shelter’s doors are not adoptable for a variety of reasons — severe injury, serious health issues, or aggressiveness due to their prior life experiences. Sometimes the shelter is also faced with sheer numbers and lack of space. While the number of animals coming into the shelter declined by 17% last year in comparison to 2011, the shelter, nevertheless, accepted nearly 4,000 animals last year. The primary driver for this shelter and all open admission shelters being at overflow capacity is the lack of spaying and neutering. Conquering this issue has and will continue to have the greatest impact on reducing euthanasia. And so in May 2011, CCHS accepted the financial burden of lowering adoption fees and at the same time including a full spay/neuter surgery with each adoption. Now, each animal is fixed before it leaves the shelter and joins its new family.”

We agree that spay/neuter is an essential ingredient to reducing the killing of animals but question your commitment.  We’ve yet to see the CCHS sponsor a single transport to either of the two non-profit spay/neuter clinics in Cincinnati or host outreach programs to assist the public with their spay/neuter needs.

We applaud your commitment to spay/neuter all animals adopted from the shelter and look forward to the day when families can come to the shelter after normal working hours  (you close at 4:00 PM during the week) to select their new furry family member or claim their beloved lost pet.

 “FixClermont will have you believe that euthanizing an animal is the fault of the Humane Society for its lack of creativity in finding resources to place these animals either with rescue groups or volunteers — temporary or permanent. But it is illogical to believe that enough reputable rescue organizations and enough volunteers could be found to place roughly 4,000 animals outside the shelter each year. Even if the number of animals coming into the shelter continues to decline, simply put, there are not enough reputable resources to make this happen. Separately, there are rescue organizations in our community that have been investigated by our humane agents due to complaints and charged with various violations because of the living conditions they offer their rescue animals.”

The experience from 89 (at this writing) Communities across America indicates otherwise (visit www.NoKillNews.org to read their stories). In each and every case it wasn’t the public that changed to achieve No Kill (defined as saving at least 90% of all the open-admission shelter animals), it was the policies and procedures at their open-admission shelter! Some of these communities are in the north, some in the south. Some are urban, some rural. Some are public shelters; some are private. Some are in what we call “blue” or left-leaning states and some are in very conservative parts of the country—at least one is in the reddest part of the reddest state. No matter the location, no matter the particular demographics of a Community,  No Kill success nationwide proves that there is enough love and compassion for animals in every Community to overcome the irresponsibility of the few.

“CCHS will always look for ways to increase adoptions thereby reducing euthanasia rates (euthanasia rates also declined in 2012 from 2011). However, the efforts of FixClermont to deliberately attack the reputation of CCHS in the community diverts its attention from its mission and forces time to be spent on things such as this letter. Unfortunately, the ultimate victims in all this are the animals.”

If you’ve found anything on this web site or in the literature we’ve distributed that has specifically attacked the Clermont County “Humane” Society please bring it our attention so we can correct it. Our goal has been, and continues to be, to make the public aware of how their tax and philanthropic dollars are spent at our county shelter. Our movement for change is not about organizations or individuals; it is first and foremost about ideals. It’s not who is right but what is right that is at the heart of the debate. Defending the killing of animals when proven solutions exist to save them thwarts the reform that will end it.

“Currently, CCHS is in the midst of contract negotiations with the County to run the Animal Control Operation for 2013…negotiations which have been ongoing since October. Clearly, FixClermont has extraordinary access to these negotiations as evidenced by the fact that information coming out of each benchmark occurrence or meeting (though somewhat inaccurate) is almost immediately posted on their website. They have applied pressure to the County to persuade CCHS to adopt its unrealistic and more importantly, unsustainable “solutions”. The County does not have anything to do with nor pay for any of the Adoption Services performed at the animal shelter — those services are funded solely through your donations and our fundraising.”

The Clermont County “Humane” Society was paid $335,000 in 2012 by the residents of Clermont County (through their elected officials, the Board of County Commissioners) to provide animal control and shelter services for our animals. Page 2, section 2 of the County’s 2012 contract with the CCHS states clearly our Community funds the efforts and activities at our shelter.

2012 Contract Details

We’ve made 2 requests of the Board of County Commissioners on behalf of the residents of Clermont County and their lost and homeless animals regarding the 2013 contract for animal control and shelter services:

  1. Shift hours of operation at the shelter to remain open 2 hours after normal working hours to permit families to redeem and adopt pets.
  2. Permit 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue organizations (similar to the CCHS) to pull animals from the euthanasia list.

These changes don’t seem “unreasonable” or “unrealistic” to us and we don’t think our Community will believe them to be so either.  The single most meaningful measure for an open-admission animal shelter is their live save rate and ours is dismal.  The 11 life-saving programs of the No Kill Equation WILL save more animals’ lives!

“It gives us no pleasure to bring all this to you yet we feel we must so if you should hear negative comments about the Clermont County Humane Society, you will have our side of the story as well. Please factor this information into your understanding of the real crux of the issue and do not be fooled by FixClermont’s “simple solution”. The proposal does not work – if it did, why aren’t Hamilton County and Butler County shelters and other surrounding shelter facilities adopting this solution!”

Please share the entire story – in April of 2012 a group of animal advocates attended the Board meeting of the Clermont County “Humane” Society to offer their support and assistance in implementing the programs of the No Kill Equation. In a subsequent meeting this group offered to pull kittens and puppies from the euthanasia list, to which they were told the Board must vote on the request at their May meeting. Sadly the cost of this delay was measured in the lives of kittens and puppies put down waiting for a vote. After the May Board meeting a representative for this group was told via email “we’ll get back to you if we have any additional questions”. No reply or inquiry for additional information was received as the “Humane” Society continues to kill for lack of time and space.

In January 2012 Beckey Reiter, Executive Director for the Boone County Kentucky (in our back yard) open-admission shelter, launched their No Kill Initiative. Having 20+ years of experience in the “save some and kill the rest mentality” she was apprehensive about how her Community would respond. The 2012 numbers for Boone County tell the story:

Category

2011

2012

Volunteer Hours 2,098.5 6,017.75
Donation $13,700 $30,449
Sales Revenue $99,744 $103,598.66*

* With Reduced and Waived Fees

TRIPLE the volunteers hours, more than DOUBLE the donations and HIGHER income despite lowering and eliminating adoption fees!! Beckey will share the rest of Boone County’s story soon. Similar successes are experienced in every community that has achieved No Kill:

  • Do Good Things for Animals
  • Tell the Public
  • Ask for the Public’s Help
  • The Public will Support You.

Regarding what’s happening in Hamilton and Butler Counties – they’ll soon have organizations similar to Fix Clermont opening their eyes to the dramatic transformations that are occurring in other Communities and demanding the opportunity to save more shelter animals.

“For over 50 years, Clermont County Humane Society has provided a refuge for homeless animals with no place to go and just looking for love. Our mission hasn’t changed – we are still here to foster the adoption of unwanted animals and to enforce the humane treatment of all animals. Our board of directors and volunteer auxiliary is strong and growing. We must raise over $120,000 a year to support the animal shelter to care for and adopt out as many animals as possible. We accomplish this goal only through the generosity of our supporters and the countless man hours volunteered towards this cause. Our very capable and seasoned staff continues to care for and be an advocate for the animals that need us the most.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We value your support tremendously and hope we can continue to depend upon it.
Sincerely,
The Board of Directors
Clermont County Humane Society”

We respect and value the commitment the Clermont County “Humane” Society has made to our Community, unfortunately that same level of commitment is no longer good enough. If a cure for a life-threatening human disease was discovered in another Community and the life-saving information was shared with the doctors in our Community, most would expect the doctor to seek out the source of the success and learn from their success in saving lives.  Once the doctor feels confident that the “cure” can save lives, most would fully expect that doctor to treat his/her patients with this cure.

Thousands of healthy and treatable shelter animals (kittens, puppies, cats and dogs) are silently dying while the “seasoned” leadership at the Clermont County “Humane” Society continues to ignore, deny and push away the very solution that would enable them to fulfill their stated mission. Other Communities have demonstrated solutions that have ended the killing of animals for time and space and the residents of Clermont County deserve the opportunity to do the same.

The #1 most important aspect of the No Kill Equation has been demonstrated time and time again to be a “Hard Working, Compassionate Shelter Director/Leadership”.  If after 42 years the CCHS is unable to affect the changes  required to implement the 11 life-saving programs proven successful and sustainable in other Communities, maybe our Community needs fresh leadership willing to embrace new programs and solutions to save more shelter animals.

It’s past time to embrace these proven and sustainable life-saving programs and the animal loving public to save all the healthy and treatable open-admission shelter animals in Clermont County.  We will continue to be the voice for the lives that have no voice. The homeless animals and Clermont County deserve nothing less!

Lou Holtz said it best “In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying so get in motion and grow.”

Jan 262013
 

The Clermont County “Humane” Society provides monthly statistics of their “activities” to the Board of County Commissioners (public information you can request from the Commissioner’s office).  This report details the disposition of the animals entrusted to their care and is the ultimate measure of their performance. Here’s how the “Humane” Society performed their vision of being “… recognized in the community as the adoption center of choice and as the primary network resource of animal information”.

Total Animals Received: 3,496
Total Animals Destroyed: 2,531 72%
Total Animals Adopted: 649 19%
Total Animals Claimed: 297 8%
Total Animals DOA/Escaped: 16 <1%

The seventy-two (72) percent kill rate for 2012 shows improvement over their dismal eighty-one (81) percent kill rate in 2011, but the numbers for 2012 are no different than their performance for the previous seven years. They continue to operate within their comfort zone of adopting some and killing the rest.

CCHS Stats Trend

Change is well overdue and one you can help achieve. The “Humane” Society has yet to respond to the provisions of the new contract for 2013 and is operating under an extension of the 2012 contract (through February). Please contact the Board of County Commissioners at 513-732-7300 and share your opinion regarding the “Humane” Society’s handling of OUR animals to make 2013 the best year EVER for OUR lost and homeless pets.