(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Area Humane Society's board of directors is looking to rally support for Sikeston's animal shelter.
"We want the animal shelter to be a source of pride for Sikeston and invite anyone with a similar goal to join us," said Dan Strebler, president of the Humane Society's board of directors.
The Humane Society's next board meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Sikeston Public Library's meeting room, according to Strebler.
"We wish to extend our invitation to anybody in the community who would like to attend," he said. "We're looking for board members, volunteers and people with imaginative ideas for fundraisers."
Fundraisers are a critical source of revenue for the animal shelter as revenue generated through contracts with the city of Sikeston and Scott County only covers about half of the cost of staffing, operating and maintaining the shelter.
Lanette Baker, director for the Sikeston animal shelter, said those who want to help the Sikeston animal shelter need to donate locally and not to state or national humane societies. "They think it trickles down, but it doesn't," she said.
"We are always in need of money. We wish to extend our continuing appreciation to the city of Sikeston and the local citizens for their support," Strebler said. "We will always have fundraisers. It continues to be the only way of getting additional funding in."
The Humane Society's current fundraiser is offering 2009 calendars at a cost of $10 each.
As the cost of producing the calendars was covered by those advertising in the calendar, all proceeds from sales go to support the shelter.
The calendar project was put in action by board member Linda Culbertson, Strebler said.
"She did an extraordinary job, I might add," he said. "It has some beautiful, beautiful photographs of animals from our shelter as well as local pets."
The calendars are available at the animal shelter on Compress Road, Nast Dentistry, Anderson Green Insurance, Purs-N-Ality and the Animal Health Center.
The next fundraiser will be the Humane Society's annual Christmas tree ornaments project. "Feeders Supply will once again provide us with space for this project," Strebler said.
Looking further into the future, Strebler said board members hope to hold another fried chicken dinner in the spring with help from the Sikeston Elks Lodge.
"Plans are also in development for a 2009 Doggy Ball," Strebler said. "That is something everybody has enjoyed in the past. The Doggy Ball is generally held the first or second week in June." Board members are presently looking at options for a venue for the ball, he said.
Strebler encouraged members of the community to help in any way they can as the need for an animal shelter in the area remains.
"Our animal intake is unbelievably high," Strebler said.
"I know last year our numbers we're right around 2,000," Baker said. "It's nothing to come in and find boxes of puppies on our step."
"And adoptions are at an all-time low," Strebler said. "If we have a few more volunteers and board members conditions will be immensely improved. We welcome anyone that shares our goals and can help us achieve them."
In 2007, animals received by the Sikeston animal shelter
* City of Sikeston: 380 dogs, 38 cats
* Scott City: 38 dogs and 22 cats
* Dexter: 151 dogs and 77 cats
* East Prairie: 212 dogs and 50 cats
* Morehouse: 99 dogs and 37 cats
* Matthews: 6 dogs
* Additionally, 518 dogs, 258 cats and nine other animals were brought in by individuals.