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Midge Grinstead reinstated as executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society

November 30, 2010

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Midge Grinstead has been reinstated as executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society.

The Humane Society’s board of directors had placed Grinstead on administrative leave for unspecified personnel reasons. The period of leave lasted 28 days.

At a board meeting earlier this month in front of a throng of Grinstead’s supporters, board members said they had offered her a proposal to return, but did not offer details.

Grinstead said she had no additional constraints on her employment as part of her reinstatement, but added that the board did pass a resolution outlining new procedures relating to how to deal with employees.

Tuesday was Grinstead’s first day back in the office.

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Bassetlover 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank God!!! Great to have you back, Midge!

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horseshoehalo1 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm not, she killed my dog years ago.

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Steve Bunch 3 years, 9 months ago

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations, Midge! I hope you'll let your many supporters know how best they can serve and support both you and the HS.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

Midge doesn't read the blogs but you can always call her and ask what you can do to help 843-6835.

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mama_bear 3 years, 9 months ago

YEAH!!! Midge is wonderful and the board needs to seriously question their actions! They would be hard-pressed to find anyone as devoted as Midge.

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Steve Bunch 3 years, 9 months ago

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bshm 3 years, 9 months ago

Oh great, now the Lawrence Humane Society gets to remain as one of the most poorly run humane societies in the state. I can't count how many people I've known who have been "first in line" to adopt a dog, only for it to be given away to someone else--with no explanation from the humane society. This is probably due to their insanely insufficient pen and paper system and one to two week waiting period before you are able to bring a dog home after submitting an application. I don't question Midge's dedication, and I'm a firm believer in adoptions, but letting your employees swoop in and take a dog that has already had an accepted application on it is unacceptable.

Learn from other humane societies--overhaul your entire adoption system(because it is broken and has been since I adopted my first dog from there), approve applications the same day, and if everything checks out let them take an animal home the same day.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

Oh please that is not possible. People have to be checked first. Landlords have to agree to approve pets. There are dangerous people out there that would adopt just to harm the animals. There are more dogs than homes to place them surely you could find one or two others that would fit the bill. I of course have never met a dog I didn't like; I assure you that is not the case with human beings.

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bshm 3 years, 9 months ago

It is very possible as there are numerous humane societies in Kansas City and Topeka that release animals same day. From first hand experience, Helping Hands in Topeka is able to check and approve applications(including calling the landlord and any other references you have listed) and let you take the cat or dog home the same day.

There is no information that the Lawrence Humane Society would possibly need two weeks to find out--the information that they need they can have that same day. Plus, the LHS hardly does home visits to check on the conditions in which the dog will be staying. That could warrant an extra couple of days. Humane societies are always lacking space for animals, but the LHS hurts themselves by unnecessarily holding onto animals longer than they need to.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

Yes mand in both KC and Topeka the abuse rate is off the charts. Not to mention that they kill more animals per day than the lhs kills in a month. Sorry you didn't get the dog you wanted but trust there is enough love to go around.

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Escapee 3 years, 9 months ago

Maybe it was determined there was a better owner.... Can't say I had this problem with the shelter in Lawrence. I turned in a 'found' dog and stipulated that if he wasn't claimed that I would like to be called...one month later -- and with a much healthier dog -- we were called to adopt a really special little fellow who became a integral part of our family for many years.

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ilovelucy 3 years, 9 months ago

Yay Midge! Welcome back. To the Board of Directors, thanks.

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Steve Bunch 3 years, 9 months ago

OK, let me just say that I really like dogs.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank you, that is why it is best to donate to local shelterss or shelters that you know. This isn't about the HSUS it is about our local shelter and the good work that is done there.

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domino 3 years, 9 months ago

HSUS is an entirely different organization than local humane societies. HSUS is nothing more that a group of terrorists trying to take away every animal/pet/livestock that anyone owns. They have been known to lie to other entities and take dogs out of shelters with the promise they are taking them elsewhere so they can be more easily adopted then instead, took the poor animals out and put them to sleep before dumping their little bodies in dumpsters! The link you provide is very true about HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) but it is NOT associated with local groups!

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

That is why I said to dontate to local shelters nand sheltersmyou know..

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Anne2010 3 years, 9 months ago

The Humane Society of the United States is the largest and most effective animal welfare organization in the US.

On the other hand, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a front group for narrow corporate interests and animal abusers; it is an attack dog for industries that wish to conceal their campaigns against public interest causes. According to U.S. News & World Report, CCF boasts its strategy “is to shoot the messenger. We've got to attack [activists'] credibility as spokespersons."

You can learn more about the Center for Consumer Freedom here - http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/opposition/opposition.html

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RoeDapple 3 years, 9 months ago

Does this mean the crybabies will have to do their job now and not go online to . . . . whine?

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lawrencenerd 3 years, 9 months ago

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

Or maybe they could do their jobs without maoning about it.

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lawrencenerd 3 years, 9 months ago

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Fixed_Asset 3 years, 9 months ago

Or maybe, just maybe, the employees will now be paid for hours worked.

From the article: "but added that the board did pass a resolution outlining new procedures relating to how to deal with employees."

Glad she is back on board and hopefully all have learned a lesson.

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larrygm 3 years, 9 months ago

Boy you seem to think you know the facts. Your very harsh. Unfortunately Midge maybe back but you may want to look into it deeper before you celebrate. Things are not quite what they seem and the board knows. It's too bad, I thought they acted like they wanted her back, they don't but she does bring in donations. Get the picture!!

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roadrunner 3 years, 9 months ago

"artichokeheart (anonymous) replies… Oh please that is not possible. People have to be checked first. Landlords have to agree to approve pets..."

I adopted my dog from the Humane Society 2 years ago this Christmas and took him home on the same day I applied. I don't think any one posting on here knows first hand what the exact rules and regulations they go by are. Just be glad someone is willing to do such a heart wrenching job. You don't have to love Midge to give her credit where it's due. The Humane Society would love to have a state of the art computer system to keep track of all the animals and adoptions and maybe streamline the process, but who is going to pay for that? Certainly not our taxes!!

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

I have never had to wait for a pet either but that doesn't mean that there isn't good reason to wait. I approve of background checks for potential adopters.

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evilpenguin 3 years, 9 months ago

You don't need a super fancy computer system to keep a place organized. If they have a computer and Excel, all you would need is someone with a brain and a knack at organizing stuff and training staff and that would be it!

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

Good thing because the shelter here does not have a fancy computer system.

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ModSquadGal 3 years, 9 months ago

Totally agree with bshm - while I am a big supporter of Midge's and admire all the work she has done, our humane society really needs an overhaul. Wayside Waifs is a much larger place and has a good system in place for same-day adoptions (and other options). Plus, we need to really consider making it a no-kill shelter (I know they are "low" kill, but it needs to be NO kill). We could really set a standard for how to do it right if we all support the idea! Welcome back Midge!

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gatekeeper 3 years, 9 months ago

Do you realize how these other shelters claim they are no kill? Of course you don't. They are no kill because they are selective about the animals they will take in. Our wonderful shelter takes all of the strays that animal control picks up. They do have to determine if they are too sickly to be saved and if they are adoptable or totally wild. If our shelter didn't take in ALL animals, they could end up being no kill. Our shelter has a very low kill rate (once again, very sick, wild or violent are put down).

Which is better - strays running the streets never getting any help and the shelter picking and chosing the most healthy and adoptable animals to help (so they can keep that no kill status) or helping ALL of the animals in need?

Yeah, Wayside Waifs is larger. That's why they have more people working, faster adoptions, etc.... You want our shelter to be like that, DONATE, VOLUNTEER, don't just sit here and bitch about it.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

Also the state keeps bringing more in from siezures too. I think the shelter does well considering all they take on here.

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ModSquadGal 3 years, 9 months ago

Okay, FIRST, you don't know anything about me or whether I donate, volunteer, etc. SECOND, I wasn't bitching, I was making a suggestion about how to improve the shelter and prove to clueless people like you that a no kill shelter IS possible, even if you take in every stray, sick animal, etc. Ever hear of Best Friends in Utah? It's the largest no-kill shelter in the US. They have set the standard and have PROVEN it can be done on a local level for ANY shelter. It would seem that you are the one who needs to do some research, take action and quit bitching.

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gatekeeper 3 years, 9 months ago

Great then! You go aquire the acres of land needed to run something like Best Friends. Yes, I know of them. I've given to them for years and been by their place. Have you?

While you're at it, get the celebrity backing that Best Friends has. That's one of the major ways they fund the place. What celebrities do you know that will donate their time, money and persona to make our shelter no kill?

You're just complaining. Want to change it, take action.

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ModSquadGal 3 years, 9 months ago

Again, you have no idea what I do or don't do. I don't need to prove anything to you, but I do happen to be extremely involved in this issue. And yes, I've been to Best Friends and have been a contributor for MANY years. It's people like you that have no imagination and just want to say it can't be done that make it so hard. I have no idea where your animosity is coming from. I'm not the enemy. I'm trying to promote something positive and worthwhile. You seem to just want to bitch and be hostile. NO THANK YOU.

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kawvalleybulldog 3 years, 9 months ago

The way the lawrence humane society stays "low kill" is by transfering all the dogs that will eventually end up being euthanized to shelters that will do it. GOOOOO Miiiiiiddddgge!!!

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meggers 3 years, 9 months ago

Excellent news. I hope Midge at least got some well-deserved rest during her leave of absence!

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Unreal 3 years, 9 months ago

This is FANTASTIC news!! I'm glad the Board came to their senses. SOOOOO glad to have you back Midge. I don't know what our shelter and community would do without you.

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giveitsomethought 3 years, 9 months ago

As long as you have a contract with the city and county, LHS can not be a no kill. If you don't have contracts where do you suggest money to keep the shelter running will come from? For the comments about kills rate around the area....you know this how? do you know how many animals are put down in Lawrence? Regardless of the reason listed. Do you know how many in KC and Topeka? Then take a look at real intake numbers. Are the intake and euthanasia ratios close? More animals in the front door means more animals out the back door. This is pretty much true no matter your return to owner numbers. Not trying to get a battle going here again. But if you are going to spout off about this.....do you have knowledge from which to base your comments? Or are the things you say merely your personal opinions unfounded in truth? last part was a bit harsh.....just not enough so to delete it. Think about that for a moment

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ModSquadGal 3 years, 9 months ago

I have no idea what you're talking about. Any shelter can be no kill. It may take more donations, more volunteers, more work, but it's worth it to find forever homes (or a place for them to live out their lives). I personally don't know the kill rates/ratio, but for me ANY adoptable animal being put down is too many. And, of course, this all needs to be tempered with a massive campaign for spaying and neutering. It's worth it - ALWAYS worth it.

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gatekeeper 3 years, 9 months ago

Then go make it happen. Raise the money. Get the word out. Find more volunteers. If you knew what that shelter was like pre Midge, you'd understand how much she has done. Of course there's always more to be done. Don't whine about it, go make it happen.

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ModSquadGal 3 years, 9 months ago

What are YOU doing about it? Do you just spout your rhetoric, or do you live it as well?

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ModSquadGal 3 years, 9 months ago

And again, I did NOT say anything negative about Midge. In fact, I said I commended her for all she HAS done and feel she has been wonderful in her fight for making the shelter a MUCH better place than it was (yes, I remember).

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KittyMama815 3 years, 9 months ago

Alright I'm not trying to assume I know you but I am gonna state a few things regarding your posts here. I worked for LHS for 2 years and in that time I did EVERYTHING and I personally know that you can not save every animal...there simply are not enough people in the world who care. I have seen so many things I can not even describe on here but I do know that sometimes euthanasia is sometimes a better option for an animal than for them to be homeless, abused, neglected, etc. It is hard to deal with the fact that some of them have to go but it is naive to think that they can all be saved in no kill shelters. No kill shelters are possible but like another poster stated they are very selective about which animals they take and which ones they don't and many are turned away. I know this from personal experience when I tried to help a friend find a no kill shelter for their animal to go to....she was perfectly healthy however they were already full so they said no. Wouldn't you rather someone actually feed them, love them, pet them, etc. Than them out on the streets? Many people who get turned down go out to the country and dump the animals off and they are left out there to fend for themselves. Just think about it...because as hard as it is to swallow our jobs are to keep the animals from suffering.

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gatekeeper 3 years, 9 months ago

Regarding same day adoptions - I was in there this weekend. A couple was adopting a dog (it is so wonderful watching the animals get adopted). This same couple had been in there months ago trying to get a dog. Where they were living at the time didn't allow pets, but this couple was trying to adopt anyways. This couple has now moved to a pet friendly residence and was back to adopt. Sometimes it takes some time to get a hold of landlords, check out the adoptive parents and make sure the animal is going to a good home.

Remember the sicko from Turkey that was doing ungodly things to animals then slaughtering them? There's a reason it's worth waiting to get everyone checked out.
Waiting a little while is better than potentially giving an animal to someone who will mistreat it or harm it or have it at a rental that will only make them return the animal to the shelter if they get caught. I think it's very selfish to go off about having to wait. If you want a companion to love, you won't care if it takes a few days or even a couple of weeks. And if the animal you were interested in found another home during that time, be thankful it has a home and adopt another animal in need. There are hundreds of them up there looking for their permanent homes.

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KittyMama815 3 years, 9 months ago

I worked for LHS for 2 years and in that time did work on some of the adoptions. I will say that sometimes Vets, landlords, etc. are hard to get a hold of. There were times that it took days or even weeks if a Vet was on vacation or a landlord wouldn't return your call. I agree wholeheartedly with you that it is important to do background checks....I have seen personally what people do to animals in Lawrence and it is horrific....the guy from Turkey was just one of the people who got publicity. So for anyone who is upset about having to wait....if you want the animal bad enough then you will wait and make sure they have all the information in order to check with landlords and vets. About employees getting animals that already have a #1 adopter in place....it's all about who is the better family for the animal....MIdge personally knows her employees and there are cases where she knows that an animal would be best off with a certain employee (such as an animal that an employee fostered.) I may not seem fair but they are trying to make sure the animal gets the best home....and in the end if you don't get it it then it probably wasn't meant to be so go back and find one that is.

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kernal 3 years, 9 months ago

Glad to hear Midge is back. As for the complainers, change can be good so give it a chance and time to work.

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horseshoehalo1 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm surprised she has so many supporters. Haven't had a good experience with her and a lot of people I know haven't either. Just sayin...

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

My mother always told me I should try something three times before I said I didn't like it.

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Bob Forer 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't get it. Most of the posters laud Midge as the best thing since sliced bread. i don't know the lady, but if she was demanding her employees work non-paid hours, as it is alluded, in my book, she is far from a saint.

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TheYetiSpeaks 3 years, 9 months ago

Well, Sycophant, figure it out....If they didn't fire her, doesn't it stand to reason that maybe those claims that a couple employees were making were found to be untrue. I'm no expert on Occham's Razor, but it seems that is the most likely explanation.

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Bob Forer 3 years, 9 months ago

Preposterous. Your "logic" only works if every infraction invariably results in dismissal. And while I am not familiar with the HR rules of the Shelter, a reasonable person can assume that dismissal is not the sole disciplinary tool available.

And by the way, if you are going to cite the Razor, learn how to spell it. "Occam's" or "Ockham's" is acceptable. Your variation is not.

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TheYetiSpeaks 3 years, 9 months ago

  1. I said right up front I wasn't an expert, hence the misspelling. Thanks for setting me straight.

  2. If there are two ways to spell it that are "acceptable" it seems that there could be more ways.

  3. I happen to know what was going on there anyways, and I can tell you unequivocally that there was no wrongdoing by Midge

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earline james 3 years, 9 months ago

I assumed the Community Service people were mad about not getting paid to do the same work the Humane Society employees were getting paid to do. Of course, the Community Service people are not supposed to get paid; they were convicted of petty crimes and are repaying their debt to society and so forth. It's supposed to be a deterent to getting in barfights or shoplifting and whatnot. I'm glad the Humane Society director is back and I hope she was on PAID leave because that will really give the whiners something to go on about.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

It seems your "book" is based on fiction.

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Grammaton 3 years, 9 months ago

Perhaps, but a board of directors doesn't go through this kind of trouble over simple allegation or hearsay. There was apparently some incident, documentation, or credible witness to ... well, something. We don't know what, probably won't know at this point. But I can tell you as a supervisor that I've never written anyone up without a second opinion as to whether that written counseling would hold up in court.

Whatever the case, the issue is resolved -- that's a good thing.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

"Grinstead said she had no additional constraints on her employment as part of her reinstatement, but added that the board did pass a resolution outlining new procedures relating to how to deal with employees."

If Midge had done something illegal then additional constraints would have been implemented. Looks like the shelter had vague policies related to slackers and now that has changed.

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lawrencenerd 3 years, 9 months ago

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

That isn't what the article said. I suspect the new procedures will include written documentation of repremand rather than the verbal rediriction that was previously given. That way slackers can be fired.

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lawrencenerd 3 years, 9 months ago

That isn't what the article said. None of the articles have said anything about the employees under Midge slacking at all. Only that Midge got put on administrative leave, not the employees. She is the one that got in trouble. People could have been fired at any time, for any reason, with no written documentation of anything, no policy change would be necessary for that. At will employment means the employer can fire somebody at will, so long as their reasons for firing them aren't against other laws, like anti discrimination laws.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

I know what I have seen with my own eyes. I spent enough time there to catch how lazy many of the staff are. From now on I will be jotting down notes on who is slacking. A turn of the screw if you will.

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osi 3 years, 9 months ago

I guess its a lot easier to jot down your notes on what you see then lending a hand

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

Silly rabbit I help there all the time.

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gatekeeper 3 years, 9 months ago

How do you think so many of us know what kind of person Midge is and know that some employees there are slackers? We volunteer all the time. Funny hearing junk from people that don't spend hours there, but think they know it all.

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lawrencenerd 3 years, 9 months ago

These people aren't slackers. Those of you "volunteers" that would rather stand there and tell somebody they aren't working hard enough, when they are doing a grueling and thankless job, must really have your priorities screwed up. When you start working full time at the LHS you lose weight far quicker than is healthy, you'll always be tired, and apparently you'll have people like artichokeheart standing there "volunteering" to take notes on when you stopped to rub the sweat off your brow instead of actually helping. The only conclusion I can come to about you "volunteers," who are not there during the most grueling part of the day because it isn't volunteer hours yet, is that you are there for vanity reasons only. If you actually cared you'd be helping out instead of telling other people they aren't working hard enough. If I see that somebody needs the Heimlich Maneuver performed on them I do it, I don't stand there and take notes on how fast the EMTs arrive and talk about what lazy slackers they are. When you are taking notes think about how well that time could have been spent helping clean kennels or doing dishes. Or you could just go play with kittens instead and then complain that the people doing the hard work aren't doing it fast enough.

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KittyMama815 3 years, 9 months ago

I am definitely a support of Midge and I am not going to say what the allegations where because I do know but I will say that not all of them were false..some things that happened years ago are hard to prove and some of the things that were said about midge were happening when I was working there. So don't go and say that they are all slackers because they aren't all slackers...of course every place of work has their fair share but not everyone is that complained.

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BorderRuffian 3 years, 9 months ago

Woof! Woof, woof, woof grrrrrr woof! Woof, grrr, woof!

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blindrabbit 3 years, 9 months ago

Know it's not policy for "The Board" to release any information on personnel issues, but I really wonder if the board itself needs some scrutiny. From what I've read on this issue, it seems like there is some "teen girly" ganging-up going on.

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Christine Anderson 3 years, 9 months ago

Horseshoehalo1, what do you mean, she killed your dog? Are you able to expound on exactly what happened?

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gatekeeper 3 years, 9 months ago

My bet is that this dog had attacked someone and was taken away. Then the city or county made the decision to have it put down because it was dangerous. Those animals are held at the shelter while investigations are going on, so of course they would blame the shelter. If this is the case, just another example of a bad owner.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 9 months ago

why dont we have the board of Directors put to Sleep!

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justareader 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't know Midge but I know the shelter isn't one person. I also know the place is broken and needs and overhaul. I've given volunteering an honest, full hearted try but volunteering is an exercise is overwhelming futility. The dogs are so stressed that getting them from a kennel without getting covered in feces and clawed to the point of injury is nearly impossible. If you can get a dog to a yard without it choking itself to exhaustion, you better just let if off leash, because it won't make eye contact, probably doesn't know its name and mostly just wants to run the fence line to either try to get out or bark at the dog in the yard next to it. After all it spends most of its time in the shelter looking at another stressed out dog barking back and forth. Oh yeah and good luck trying to put a leash on it, when your ready to take it back inside. It knows as soon as the leash goes on, it goes right back in the same stressful urine and feces laden kennel.

When you've spent a couple of hours walking across wet floors, inhaling the sweet smell of urine and trying to give the dogs a few moments of peace, then deal with the ever so helpful staff. You might ask "are we using clothes pins on the kennels or writing down names or checking off boxes so we know which dogs have been walked"? Make sure you ask, because there is never a consistant system in this most simple of tasks. Don't ever expect a smile or anyone to go out of their way to help. And don't expect that when you go to the orientation and fill out the part on the form where you list your special qualifications or intrests that anyone reads them. You will never get a response. Basically, the orientation is just a formality. No one will ever email you, call you or even refer to you by name.

My experience with the Lawrence Humane Society has been extremely negative, yet I keep giving hoping that I make a difference to the animals. The place is in desperate need of a change. Perhaps new management or some outside consulting would do the shelter some good.

I hope everyone contributing to this blog signs up for an orientation, walks a few dogs, cuddles a cat, etc. I have donated $'s for years but I never got to know the Lawrence Humane Society until I started putting in some elbow grease. Now I find myself wondering if my efforts are just a waste of time.

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KittyMama815 3 years, 9 months ago

Well I'm sorry to hear you had a negative experience because LHS is one of the best shelters I have seen in Kansas....that is why the state shelter which is much bigger than Lawrence sends animals to Lawrence. You need to remember that the staff are incredibly busy and no not everyone is friendly but you run into that everywhere. They aren't running a retail business there is no class in customer service. As to the actual atmosphere...if they could afford to hire 20 more workers then it would probably smell better and there would probably be less feces but they can't afford to do that so they hope that is something that their volunteers understand....as a volunteer you can also help the employees with cleaning, etc. Dogs will be stressed out at any animal shelter so that isn't really anything new...it was the same way when I worked there, there just isn't a way to help that much in that sort of situation....I think if I were a dog that was loved for 2 years and then someone abandoned me I would probably be really stressed out too....then add the strange people and other animals...not that I am bagging on people who turn their animals in but just to give you an idea of what they are probably feeling.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

I was just there today and there were at least three board members on site. I hope they can see who is and who is not doing their job while there. If they stick around long enough they may see where the real problems are.

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pace 3 years, 9 months ago

It is a good idea to revamp the adoption procedures.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

I think the best bet here is for those who wish to be involved is for them to become members and show up at board meetings. The board has to listen to contributors. If you have ideas on how to improve the shelter that is the best way to get it done.

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disgustedagain 3 years, 9 months ago

good idea. does anyone know, by the way, if board meeting minutes are available to shelter members? if we can't always go to the meetings?

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 9 months ago

Great suggestion for any worthwhile cause, Arti. I hope you'll all consider spending the $20 to become a member. It's well worth the price to voice your opinion and vote on board members. Now if I stop talking and get mine sent in!

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

I just believe it isn't over yet. Eroneous accusations were made against Midge ( before the haters come in here and tell me I don't know, I do because I know Midge) The board apperently believed it at least to a point. Because of that fact we still need to be suppotive and get involved at a higher level. Not just for Midge but for the animals that are served by the shelter. The way to do that is to become members and use our voices.

I get that it is not glamorous or pleasent to scoop poop or have dog doo slung at you as you enter a enclosure. I more than get the heartbreak associated with being there when a animal dies for no other reason than they exist. I get that the pay is low and that most days the workers at the shelter may feel it is all in vain. But what I also know from reading comments on the various threads associated with this issue is that some people have clearly lost sight of the mission at hand. The animals that are cast off by those who didn't realize how much work it would be or how much time it would take or how long the commitment would last.

Many of you claim to love animals yet would you clean feces filled cages everyday? Most would say no especially if they knew the wages would be minimum wage or slightly above. Me I have cleaned up dog crap and cat crap too. I have had animals in my care that tore up entire couches and chairs. Did I get rid of the dog(s) No, I got rid of the couch and the chairs. Why? you ask. Because I made a commitment as soon as i chose to take them home. I have lived in my car with with my dogs. I have gone without food for myself to feed my dogs. Many dogs and cats don't have that in their lives. When they become inconvient their owners toss them off like yesterdays news. That is what the shelter is there for. For those who didn't matter to the one's that were suppose to love them. The one's who chained them out back because they got tired of cleaning up hair or because that cute little puppy grew up to be a very large dog that broke a lamp or something else superficial.

The animals is what his is about. So if your ego is wounded over a verbal repremand or that fact that you had to take a few extra minutes to clean up a little crap or that you don't feel appriciated because you make too little money then perhaps you chose the wrong vocation. I am not posting on this just because I like Midge or that I condsider her a friend, but also because I know she is devoted to the shelter animals as well as all animals. And for those of you who think by attacking me that you have gained something; well you haven't. I still think more of the animals better than I do of you and I always will.

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farmgal 3 years, 9 months ago

I adopted a dog there a couple of years ago. Same day adoption. Midge oversaw the deal. I never knew that you could get a dog like I got from the shelter. Highly intelligent with no emotional issues or baggage. Anything I ask him to do, he's always ready & willing to do it. He never ceases to amaze me.

Since adopting him, I donate $s every other month to the shelter.

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disgustedagain 3 years, 9 months ago

I support Midge G. and donate to the shelter, but I found this whole thing ... disquieting. And I have to agree with justareader, the organization at the shelter does seem a bit lacking. I imagine it's a question of lack of funds for adequate numbers of people (and possibly quality of people). It's also true, though, that compared to other shelters (other than the well-financed ones), LHS does a remarkable job and in the last 10 years has improved dramatically.

I decided I probably ought to volunteer more often and make evaluations based on personal experience before I continue to donate blindly. Still donating, but maybe will be volunteering more so I can be sure my money is being used the way I'd like. And pay more attention to board meetings and ongoing decisions.

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KittyMama815 3 years, 9 months ago

I am also happy that Midge is back...I worked there for 2 years and have known Midge for almost 11 years now...she did a lot for me when I worked there I went through some really hard times and she helped me through it until it was time for me to go. She always made sure that if I wanted to learn something new that I was able to. I started just cleaning and helping prospective adopters but I soon graduated on to vaccinations, medications, and even cruelty seizes. No one is perfect and there are flaws in every company and Midge has made some mistakes (everyone does) but I still believe that she is the best director for the shelter right now. She has gone through so much in her life things that most of you don't know about but she was still at the shelter...she is truly one of the strongest women I know. It would of been a very sad day for the animals had she been told to leave for good because whoever does take her place someday is gonna have some pretty big shoes to fill.

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ksayswhat 3 years, 9 months ago

You haters are dumb. Midge is the greatest! I'll never forget when I had to pick up my 17 year old cat that wandered outside, thanks to a silly roommate, who ended up at the Humane Society. I'd had my cat since I was 5, and felt so terrible that he'd gotten out...he was displaying signs of kitty Alzheimer's.....she was so nice and sweet about the ordeal. He passed a couple of years later, and I got Arte (the latest love of my life) from the Humane Society...wonderful place and a wonderful lady! I have nothing but excellent things to say about Midge! Love her!

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