The Lawrence Humane Society provides a reaction to the second denied funding request from the county to repair one of the facility’s health hazards–the cracked floors. Clogged drains, rusted doors and mold also challenge the facility. Feel free to use the transcript below to follow the story.
TERRAN SMITH: The Lawrence Humane Society is daunted but not defeated by ongoing health hazards. The facility recently proposed a 15 thousand dollar funding request from the county to repair one of its many hazards—cracked floors. This is the second year in a row the grant was denied. Although disappointed, Executive Director Dori Villalon says she is not giving up.
MS. DORI VILLALON: I have a really good relationship with the city and the county government. And I’m going to go back next year with a much stronger argument.
SMITH: Other hazards include: clogged, flooded drains, rusting, broken doors and mold. Hazards create extra work for employees, put staff at risk for injury, and increase number of sick animals.
Shelter Supervisor, Amelia Mallett-Kass, explains how much extra work just one hazard creates for the staff—the drains. Though cleaned several times a day, they still clog and often flood.
MS. AMELIA MALLETT-KASS: It’s dealing with a lot of you know wet molding matter.
SMITH: These hazards collect germs, viruses, bacteria and fomites, which increases the number of sick animals. The common illnesses are kennel cough and respiratory infections. Sick animals are held in a separate unit for called TLC, and it is often overcrowded.
MS: MALLETT-KASS: Because we have so many sick animals, we can’t adopt them out; we become too full.
Despite setbacks from the health hazards, LHS continues to make positive strides within the facility. The live release rate has nearly doubled and 400 more animals have been adopted since last year. The staff and volunteers at the Lawrence Humane Society strive to provide the best care possible with a challenging facility. President of the board, Emily Peterson comments on staff and volunteer perseverance to ensure animals are happy, healthy and safe
MS. EMILY PETERSON: You know that’s what we’re here for, we’re here to save more animal lives.