The latest issue of The Source has a really good article on some of the sketchy dealings coming to light at the Humane Society here in Central Oregon. I think everyone should read it, even if you’re not an animal person; since the Humane Society is a non-profit, it’s our tax dollars that help support it.
These dogs and cats are often quickly euthanized with little record that they ever entered the shelter’s care – thanks to creative record-keeping that allows shelters like the Humane Society of Central Oregon to exclude animals like Annie from their often rosy adoption statistics.
Critics, including a former shelter staff member, say that shelters like the Humane Society of Central Oregon are misleading the public about their adoption rates, and in turn the likelihood that an animal will find a home when it is left in their care. Just as importantly, they say, the stats also hide the true problems of animal overpopulation in a region like Central Oregon, where the shelters in Bend, Redmond and Prineville are often running at or close to capacity.
When asked whether the shelter would benefit from some form of outside oversight, similar to Oregon’s veterinary medical examining board, Roden said she wasn’t sure that would be an appropriate requirement for a non-profit.
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems to me that outside oversight is exactly appropriate for a non-profit like this.