Friday, 24 September 2010 13:02
What is the difference between a Humane Society and an animal control agency?
Humane societies were created by concerned individuals to protect animals from people. Animal control agencies, on the other hand, were created by governments to protect people from animals.
Animal control agencies are funded by taxes from local government. Humane societies depend upon the donations from individuals and businesses in the community.
Although both organizations have some of the same programs, animal controls are generally responsible for picking up strays and enforcing local animal codes. Humane societies are concerned in adopting homeless animals, rescuing animal, investigating animal cruelty, preventing the overpopulation of animals, and educating the public about humane treatment of animals.
What can I do to help the stray and homeless animals in Logan County?
The best way to help stray and homeless animals in Logan County is to join and become actively involved in the Humane Society of Logan County.
How do I become a member of the Humane Society of Logan County?
To become a member you must complete a membership form and pay the appropriate membership dues.
How much are membership dues?
Membership dues in the organization consist of the following categories:
|Business - Champion||open amount (minimum $1,100)|
|Business - Patron||$1,000|
|Business - Benefactor||$500|
|Business - Partner||$250|
|Membership Application (pdf)|
If I become a member, what is expected of me?
All members of the organization are encouraged to actively participate in the organizations activities but the amount of involvement will be left to each member. Please refer to the section “Join Us” and look under “Volunteer Opportunities” for additional information. There is something for everyone!What should I do if I find a stray homeless animal?
If you do not want to keep the animal, call or take it to Logan County Animal Control. Remember that if you keep the animal for three days, Animal Control may require you to pay a $50 fee to take the animal. The Humane Society of Logan County can not by law accept stray animals.
When was the Humane Society of Logan County established?
On April 14, 2006 the Humane Society of Logan County was chartered as a not-for-profit (501c3) organization. HSLC has a membership of over 200 individuals. All of these individuals support the organization financially and many volunteer as personal schedules allow.
Is the Humane Society associated with any national organization?
The HSLC does not belong to any national organizations so 100% of all donations and fund raisers are used for animals of Logan County.
How is the Humane Society of Logan County governed?
The Humane Society of Logan County is governed by a nine member Board of Directors. Seven of the Directors are elected by the general membership at the annual meeting in January. Two Board members are appointed on an as needed basis by the Board of Directors because the two appointed members have specific needed knowledge. Each elected Board member is elected for a two year term with four elected in even number years and three elected in odd numbered years.
The officers of the organization are President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary. Each are elected for a one year term and may run for re-election. The Board meets once a month. All Board meetings are conducted using Robert’s Rules of Order.
Members of the Humane Society of Logan county may request to be placed on the agenda to address the Board regarding any concerns or questions.
Meetings of the general membership are held in January and July each year for election of Board members, annual reports, and general information and input.
How is the Humane Society of Logan County funded?
The Humane Society of Logan county does not receive federal, state, or local tax dollars. In addition to nominal annual membership dues and fund raising activities, the HSLC relies heavily on donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations who also have a commitment to animal welfare.
Are donations to the Humane Society of Logan County tax deductible?
All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided. If you do not receive a receipt, please call 737-4042 and one will be provided.
Does the Humane Society accept owner-surrendered animals?
The Humane Society of Logan County does accept owner-surrendered animals under certain circumstances. Please call 737-4042 for more information regarding this question.
How much does it cost to adopt a pet?
The adoption cost is based upon actual cost related to the adoption. The adoption fee for a cat or dog is $97. Anyone adopting two cats will receive a 50% discount for the second cat. Any dog or cat over seven years of age is considered a senior pet and the fee for adoption is $40.
Is HSLC a no-kill organization?
The Humane Society of Logan County is a no-kill organization but reserves the right to euthanize animals only in extreme situations involving serious illness or injury, when it is determined that such action is the most humane treatment.
What should I do if I have an animal that needs to be spay/neutered or medical care but I can not afford to pay?
Call the Humane Society of Logan County at 217-737-4042. We have a special fund established for helping with medical care of animals for those who cannot afford it. We also have other resources available for reduced cost of certain medical care for animals.
Why are there two organizations dedicated to animal welfare in Logan County?
The main reason is there is a difference approach to animal welfare. Both organizations, the Humane Society of Logan County and Pets Without Parents, believe that the best way to address animal overpopulation is spay/neuter. There are not enough homes in Logan County to address the needs of all stray and homeless animals. Both oppose euthanasia as a means of controlling animal population. Both organizations believe there are times when an animal is diseased or in such pain that it is best to put the animal down than to let it continue to suffer or possibly infect other animals. The three basic differences between the two organizations are:
1. The Humane Society of Logan County believes that the community needs an actual building to serve as an animal shelter. Pets Without Parents believes that animals should be placed in individual foster homes not an animal shelter.
2. The Humane Society of Logan County believes that the focus of its activities should be on the stray/homeless animals of Logan County. All funds raised by the Humane Society of Logan County will be used to help animals in Logan County. Pets Without Parents believes that the focus should be on helping animals in the surrounding counties. Pets Without Parents is based in Mason County. Funds raised by Pets Without Parents will be used for animals in the surrounding counties.
3. The Humane Society of Logan County believes that individuals helping the organization should be members who have a voting say in the leadership and decisions of the organization. Pets Without Parents does not have members. Instead they have volunteers who have no say in electing leaders or in the decision making process.
Whatever your opinion, we encourage you to help the animals by becoming an active member of the Humane Society of Logan County or becoming a volunteer for Pets Without Parents.