Archive for Saturday, February 5, 2011

Lawrence Humane Society to consider shelter renovations

February 5, 2011


Leaders of the Lawrence Humane Society will meet Tuesday to consider moving ahead with plans to renovate the organization’s shelter to include:

• Separate isolation rooms for dogs and cats.

• Dedicated air-handling systems to prevent germs and illnesses from spreading.

• Comfortable rooms for visitors to use when meeting potential pets for adoption, and more parking spaces for visitors, employees and others to use.

“They’ve decided that it’s necessary,” said Midge Grinstead, the humane society’s executive director. “What they haven’t decided is whether they want to raise the money.”

That issue is up for consideration Tuesday, during the humane society’s board meeting at 6 p.m. at Central National Bank, 3140 Nieder Road, just northeast of SuperTarget.

“We’re not going to rush into a decision,” said Charles Derby, a board member. “We’ll weigh all the facts and make an informed decision. There’s no set time frame.”

As proposed, renovations would be expected to cost about $350,000, plus another $70,000 or so to install special kennels, Grinstead said. She’s already secured $75,000, through grants from the RICE Foundation and the Kriz Foundation, but no work can proceed unless more private money can be raised.

While the humane society relies on tax money — $256,000 from the city of Lawrence, and $28,000 from Douglas County — to help finance a $1.1 million operational budget, the organization’s major capital expenses rely on donations and other sources.

Renovations in 2007 cost the organization $696,000, Grinstead said, and the $200,000 that had to be borrowed wasn’t paid off for 18 months.

“We can’t borrow money,” she said. “We have to raise the money.”

The shelter opened in 1995 at 1805 W. 19th St., just east of Harper Street and north of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Another building was added in 2000.

Original plans for the shelter — an operation that handled about 7,000 small animals a year ago — didn’t include special accommodations for needs that are clear today, Grinstead said. Dogs have chewed through plastic panels in the isolation area’s dog runs, and ill cats’ struggles to recover are hampered by their proximity to canines.

The project also would add 20 parking spaces, nearly doubling the current total of 23.


sierraclub 7 years, 1 month ago

Sure, why not spend money that they do not have.

parrothead8 7 years, 1 month ago

The above non-productive comment is sponsored by someone who clearly did not read the article.

pace 7 years, 1 month ago

It is amazing that sierraclub (riding on someone's elses dime) has time to type twice and still not able to read "“We can’t borrow money,” she said. “We have to raise the money.” . Perhaps comprehension is the issue?

multiagelearner 7 years, 1 month ago

Curious if Midge doesn't agree with the expansion, since she keeps using the term "they" and "they've decided" rather than WE. Rumor has it she is only a figure head out there now, and the the board president is there actually running the show.

parrothead8 7 years, 1 month ago

They clearly acknowledge in the story that they don't have the money, so your claim that they don't have the money is moot. They also acknowledge that they don't want to borrow the money. Your original statement was that they are already spending money they don't have, which is not true, and you haven't provided any proof that your claim is true.

You say they don't need the changes, yet the story quotes people with an interest in the well-being of the Lawrence Humane Society who disagree with your statement. Your argument rests on little other than you saying, "They don't need it." I have to believe that people who work at and manage the LHS know more than you.

If I need new brakes on my car, should I not even acknowledge that need until I have the cash to do it? Because that's what you're implying they should do. Why should we always get by only with what we have? Why not strive for more? I'm sure you turned down the last raise you were offered, right? "No thanks, boss...I'm getting by just fine on what I make now."

They aren't asking for more tax money, so anybody who doesn't want to give them money is off the hook. What's the problem?

deec 7 years, 1 month ago

So this building was built in 1995, renovated in 2007, and now needs another renovation? That seems...odd.

Kent Shrack 7 years, 1 month ago

Is there a parking garage? If there is, lets add too it. I know this is not "our" money, but lets vote to expand the lib,,,, oh I mean the shelter, then spend most of the money on a parking garage, and if there is money left over, lets make the garage bigger. Sour Grapes? YES,, Lied to,,, Yes. I know this is clear off subject. We're paying more for our library expansion than we did for Free State High School which cost about 7 million more than it should have.

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