Canyon County Animal Shelter seeks board members

A management team was put in place after the director departed.

February 7, 2014 

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Brenda Cameron

WHO IS RUNNING THE SHELTER? Former director Barbara Hutchinson resigned in mid-January. The board has since created a management team of three people: Cherisse Faulkner, shelter operations manager with seven years at the facility; Leonard Headley, kennel operations manager with three years at the shelter; and Susan Woodward, general operations. New to the shelter, Woodward has prior experience in nonprofit and retail management.

THE BOARD IS LOOKING Three people are serving on the board: chairwoman Brenda Cameron (a business owner with nonprofit experience), Kris Carte (a teacher) and Nancy Glascock (a retiree and volunteer at the shelter). They took over Jan. 1; the previous board didn’t have staggered terms and all seats expired Dec. 31. The new members are expanding the board to seven seats of a possible nine allowed by their bylaws. If you’re interested in the four new seats, email Nancy@canyoncountyshelter.org.

GETTING THE FINANCES SQUARED AWAY The board adopted financial policies and procedures. It hired a bookkeeper and retained Nampa CPA firm Bailey & Co. to do an annual independent audit. “You have to run it like a business,” Cameron said. “It’s a nonprofit, yes, but you have to know what money is coming in and what’s going out.”

SEEKING FULL-TIME VETERINARIAN The shelter has a part-time veterinarian. The board plans to add a full-time vet to help treat injuries, spay and neuter animals, and make sure that shelter animals are healthy and ready to go to new homes.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER? STOP BY Anyone interested in helping out at the shelter is encouraged to attend a 1 p.m. meeting Saturday at the shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell. A brainstorming meeting on fundraising events also will be held Saturday. The shelter, which has 16 employees, had a budget of $1.1 million last year, with 60 percent coming from private donations and grants. Canyon County contributes about $380,000 and the cities of Nampa and Caldwell chip in $65,000 each.

HOURS, DROP-OFF TIMES The shelter is no longer open on Sundays — to reduce operating costs and help staff get caught up. Shelter hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Hours to relinquish a pet or drop off a stray are limited to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The shelter no longer does refunds for animals that are returned, but staff will provide a voucher for an adoption.

CALMING THE WATERS Layoffs last year (half the staff) and the loss of Hutchinson in January have been hard on employees and volunteers, who won first place for community engagement ($25,000) in the Rachael Ray Challenge. Cameron is optimistic that the shelter is on the right track. “I think we are in a good place,” she said. “We have awesome staff ... It’s going to be OK. We just need to get some financial stuff ironed out, and we’re following a budget.”

Katy Moeller

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