Animal Charity is the only humane society in Mahoning County. We receive no government funding and rely solely on donations to stay open.
Over the last 5 or so years its become increasingly harder to keep a full time vet on staff for Animal Charitys clinic. The clinic provides two services for the humane department.
The first is we are able to treat the animals that are taken from abuse neglect and abandonment situations. Many come in with extreme medical needs and by treating them in house we save a significant amount of money. We have spent over 30K in 2019 on outside vet services. This does NOT include spay neuter vaccine or wellness.
The second is the clinic provide a funding source to keep the organization running. Our last full time vet left in Jan of 2019 and we have been unable to find another. We have a part time vet providing limited services right now but it is not enough to keep the organization afloat for much longer.
The humane department alone, just to keep an agent on the road, runs about $50K a year. To care for the almost 500 animals we bring in any given year runs approximately $350-400k, but that number can fluctuate widely dependent upon how many critically ill animals we bring in. In 2018 the clinic had gross revenue (prior to expenses) of $520K, so far in 2019 the revenue from the clinic is $283K. About a 45% reduction. We have cut expenses as much as we can without impacting the animals care but if something doesn’t change quickly we will have to start cutting services.
In 2019 our humane agent has physically completed 931 calls and seized a total of 495 animals, that’s up about 4% from last year. Local police and the MCDP have referred 410 calls to us. If we can not operate those calls will go unanswered and animals will be left to suffer in abhorrent situations. We will no longer be able to provide after hours support to the local task forces as we do now for drug raids, when the public calls in with concerns about an animal we may not be able to answer that call.
Obviously the biggest and most immediate need is financial. We need donations to keep us going but more then that we need a full time vet that will be able to care for our animals and provide services to the public they me not be able to otherwise afford. And the bottom line is if this situation doesn’t change the 12th most populous county in Ohio will be left with no humane agency.
It is hard to face the fact of a possible closure in 2020. It seems so reachable. Every rescue, every day , we are burdered with the thought, “what will happen?” It’s to get people to understand what we do. What the laws are, what we see, what areas we are responsible for, are just so hard to grasp for some people.
We just keep breaking up the numbers in our heads.
If 16,000 Facebook followers on our main page made a one time $25 Donation, we could hit our budget. If the 230,000 residents of Mahoning County made a one time $1.74 Donation, we could hit our budget. If 400 people raise $1000 we would hit our budget. We need to rally people. We need help.
Please help, but more so SHARE!!! We can't do this alone. We need people to help us rally and fight for these animals that we rescue and fight for every single day.