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Humane Society holds annual meeting

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[January 19, 2012]  The Humane Society of Logan County had their annual meeting last night at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln.

The main item on the agenda was selection of two new board members. In a vote by the members present, Wanda Stevens was elected to a new three-year term and Dan Wheat was elected to take the place of outgoing board member Dawn Gorman.

Highlights from the organization's annual report are as follows:

Treasurer's report by Lee Hahn


Construction of the new shelter has been completed. The total cost of the new building is $279,440.33.Thanks to the generous members of our community, the Hoelscher Trust and the Burwell family, the new shelter has been entirely constructed with Humane Society of Logan County funds. There are no outstanding loans or debts.


After only 3 months of shelter operation we are starting to get a picture of the cost to operate the shelter. Costs are generally in line with previous estimates. On average the monthly cost of shelter operation is approximately $5,000 or about $60,000 per year.

While future efficiencies will probably take place to help drive the costs down somewhat, this may be offset by an increase in the number of animals housed in the shelter.

Additional costs outside of the shelter operation comprise an additional $20,000. This would include financial assistance and fundraising costs for example. The total budget for 2012 will be approximately $80,000. Current assets held in checking/savings accounts are approximately $160,000.

Future changes planned for 2012:

- For the long term financial stability of HSLC, the creation of an endowment fund. This would include a separate accounting for memorial donations.

- A clearer separation of fund-raising funds and operation funds.

The end of the year 2011 balance sheet shows assets of $546, 616.62 compared to $528,535.80 for fiscal year 2010.

Fundraising report by Marsha Brown

In 2011 the organization had 21 fundraising events, bringing in a total of $22,086.

Animal affairs report by Lynn White

There are currently four dogs and 13 cats available for adoption at the shelter.

In 2011, 489 animals were spayed or neutered through the partnership program between the Humane Society of Logan County and the Animal Protective League in Springfield.

A total of 32 cats and 33 dogs were adopted in 2011, most in the three months the shelter has been open.

In the past year the organization has spent $1,700 to financially help 15 families keep their pets healthy.

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Administrative report by Sue Jones

New events for 2012 will include a community garage sale in May.

Also, a letter was sent out to area businesses soliciting their partnership with the Humane Society of Logan County by including it in their 2012 budget.

Work is also under way on creating a database to better match volunteers with needs.

President's thanks by Ellen Burbage

On the initial page of the annual report, which Ellen Burbage, organization president, called "the story of our lives," she expressed her thanks to all who have made the shelter become a reality:


On behalf of the HSLC board, I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to every person who has helped the Humane Society of Logan County realize the dream of building a shelter. The board of directors is very grateful for the dedication of members and volunteers that has built a solid foundation for our organization. This solid foundation allows us to embrace the new challenges and excitement of 2012 with confidence and enthusiasm.

The Humane Society of Logan County is a 501(c)(3) organization and is not affiliated with any other organization. All funds received go entirely to the local shelter and the organization's programs for the betterment of animals.

The annual report is on display at the shelter and is available to the general public

[Text from annual report; LDN]

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