Saturday, August 30, 2014
126 Animals Rescued From Struggling Lebanon Humane Society !!!
The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force is rescuing 126 animals from the Lebanon Humane Society in Laclede County which currently is reorganizing. The animals include 49 medium-to-large size dogs of various breeds, 12 small breed dogs, and 65 cats.
The HSMO Animal Cruelty Task Force is acting at the request of the newly elected Board of Directors of the Lebanon Humane Society. The LHS board is working with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and other professional animal welfare consultants as they restructure their organization and repair their facility in compliance with state and federal statutes.
“Often, the Humane Society of Missouri is the safety net for homeless animals in Missouri. We are glad the new leaders at the Lebanon Humane Society reached out for help to give their dogs and cats the best opportunity for a new home,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “We support their efforts to renew their mission and improve operations so they can again help animals in their community.”
“When the newly elected board first took over the shelter, we were shocked at the level of overcrowding, appalled at the filthy conditions, and dismayed at how long some of these animals have been at the facility,” said Judith Koch, president, Lebanon Humane Society. “We urgently needed to bring the facilities into compliance with state laws and restructure the organization, which would be impossible while trying to properly care for more than 130 animals. A professional shelter consultant advised us to place the animals elsewhere to give us time to reorganize.”
Koch continued, “We are very grateful the Humane Society of Missouri could step in to care for our animals. Their practice of placing all adoptable dogs and cats and not euthanizing for time or space gave us confidence we were giving them the best chance at finding forever homes. We also welcome the involvement of our community as we work to quickly reopen implementing high standards of animal care and professional operating procedures.”
Upon arrival in St. Louis, each animal will receive an examination by HSMO veterinarians and receive appropriate vaccinations, parasite prevention and other medical treatment, if necessary. All will be spayed or neutered before being made available for adoption. Persons interested in adopting any of these dogs or cats should visit the Humane Society of Missouri’s website at www.hsmo.org. Some of the animals could be available as soon as next week.
Donations of cat and dog toys, bed sheets and towels to help care for these animals may be brought to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Macklind Ave. Adoption Center, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110.