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Midge Grinstead resigns after 14 years leading Lawrence Humane Society; Mike Wildgen named interim leader

March 14, 2011, 6:22 p.m. Updated March 14, 2011, 7:50 p.m.

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Midge Grinstead has resigned as executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society, according to a statement from the society’s board of directors.

The board has appointed Mike Wildgen, former Lawrence city manager, as the society’s interim executive director.

He will work with animal welfare consultants to ensure the health and well-being of the pets in the shelter’s care during his interim leadership.

“We greatly appreciate Mike’s willingness to serve during this interim period,” said Megan Hiebert, president of the Lawrence Humane Society Board in the statement. “We thank Midge for her contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society and animal welfare over the past 14 years. We wish her well in her future pursuits.”

Reached on the phone Monday evening, Hiebert refused to comment beyond the statement, except to say that the board would seek to continue to build on Grinstead’s “positive effect on our community.”

She opted not to say whether Grinstead was asked to resign, whether any reasons were given by Grinstead or the board for her resignation, whether the board would seek to change any existing policies of the shelter or give any details about a timeline for finding a permanent replacement.

“All I’d like to say right now is that she has resigned and we continue to give updates as we go,” Hiebert said.

The board placed Grinstead on administrative leave for 28 days in the fall for unspecified personnel reasons. She returned in November. And in February, the shelter announced it would pay $10,000 in back pay to workers who did not receive compensation for their overtime.

Wildgen said he wouldn’t focus on the reasons behind Grinstead’s departure.

“That’s not something that concerns me at this point,” he said. “It’s going forward.”

He compared the situation to similar interim roles he had taken in the past, including a job as interim city administrator in Eudora and a stint as interim director of the Watkins Community Museum of History.

Wildgen said he had not met with the entire board yet, and agreed to take on the job after being approached by the board’s attorney and Hiebert.

“It’s a high-profile public service that they provide,” Wildgen said. “We want to make sure that continues.”

He said he would make sure that the budget was attended to, that services kept going and that the search for a permanent and professional director proceeded as smoothly as possible.

“My job is to eliminate my job,” Wildgen said.

He said he and the board had not yet agreed upon a salary.

Messages for Grinstead were not returned Monday evening.

Comments

Beth Meyers 3 years, 1 month ago

Midge started many programs and was an excellent outreach coordinator and animal advocate, neither of which I can see Mike Wildgen doing. If anything, he will advocate for the board. He is a manager, but he is not an innovator, nor is he a passionate advocate, and I don't think advancing the HUMANE part of the shelter's objective (if, besides euthanasia, that is still an objective) will be first on his agenda. I will not donate to the shelter, nor encourage others to do so until: •They strive to become a no-kill shelter • They do not euthanize for space, but work with other no-kill shelters to find more foster homes. • A program for older animals, those older than 10 years, is in place, whether permanent foster homes or adoption training. A cat I knew there was euthanized because he had arthritis and nipped at a worker who touched him in a sore spot. Even though I had told workers the cat had sensitive areas and what they were, nothing was done. • They partner with other animal rescue organizations so that even the 'unadoptable' can find good living situations at sanctuaries or other rescue organizations. An EXCELLENT model for this type of shelter is Stray Rescue in St. Louis, founded by Randy Grimm. Midge strove for those goals, but more than one board member believes the shelter actually SHOULD euthanize more animals. From now on, please tell people to consider taking pets to other shelters more in line with what we wanted ours to be. I withdraw all support until actual change is documentable. Mike Wildgen is a nice guy, but a true animal advocate he is not. For him, this job and the interim museum job are probably much the same. So much the pity! Maybe we should try to get another shelter to come here, like an ASPCA? I will copy this comment and email or post it on every site I can get to. If we don't act for the animals, who will?

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IndusRiver 3 years, 1 month ago

When we were self-employed we worked when the customer called, and I remember many nights driving home at midnight, including holiday eves. So for folks who want to be home with their families - hey, nothin' wrong with that - but work is work.

There's no clock, but the benefits and the rewards are just stupendous by comparison.

I am curious about one thing. Does the housework get done if there's no overtime pay? The family car get washed? No overtime pay? Yard get mowed? No overtime pay?

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IndusRiver 3 years, 1 month ago

Well, I hate to see her go, but it did seem like the all-about-politics board over there felt like maybe a third-rate shelter would save them money, which, of course, always seems to end up in the graft pile. It's a shame for this town to not get it together any better than this.

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pace 3 years, 1 month ago

It might be a good idea to recycle some of the staff. Once one sours on a job, a breath of fresh attitude can do wonders for a place. Clear out the bitter and sour.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 1 month ago

So, expansion is on the way because more animals come to Lawrence? Is that really any reason or is like the homeless shelter, the bigger the better NOT. Now then, if there are so many aniimals in need, then it should be considered to be a Douglas County Animal Shelter, and involve the funding from Eudora, Lecompton,. Baldwin and all the outlying townships.

But if that happened the locals wouldn't be able to have their "club". The same goes with Loring Henderson's shelter. It needs to be a tri county shelter, because the occupants are coming from Jefferson, Franklin and Wyandotte. Yes, I have vistited with them and they have plenty of time to roam around town, they are furnished laptops , cell phones and endless time in Flanders Field of Dreamland...aka Public Library. Henderson is not doing the occupants any service nor the community. If Amyx and Chestnut were serious in their vote, then the other three are just wimpy!

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brujablanco 3 years, 1 month ago

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 1 month ago

Again, the shelter has problems as far back as the Meltons, who most do not remember. They did the best they could do , then the board at that time got uppity which Lawrence is known for and the infighting continued right up till now.

Someone suggested Wildgen get the board in hand. That probably won't happen, however it could because he works now for no one but himself. Mike, sit those folks down and give them a good butt chewin".

Then take charge.

Big Prune is correct. You should be back at City Hall, but for some reason we never really knew why you were gotten rid of, especially after the city commission kept giving you raises and touting how good you were. There must be more to that story just as there is to the Humane Society Shelter story. The Journal World won't interview the board members. So, when the public reads about some resigning we might get a better clue.

It is no secret that there is a big push to build a bigger more costly shelter. Lawrence is fixated on builidng something new so the local architects can be employed (not being able to make it elsewhere!.

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BigPrune 3 years, 1 month ago

Now they need to retire Corliss and bring back Wildgen.

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vhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

This is a great loss for the community, I want to thank Midge for giving all she had to the shelter. Midge, I wish you only the very best because that is what you deserve.

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Ambition_rules 3 years, 1 month ago

Here's the confusing thing to me: Why would a couple apparent employees be on here trying to convince LJW readers that their ex-boss was evil....She's gone...Yet here they are, grinding. It doesn't take a psychoanalyst to decipher that may be the few people who posted earlier about this situation being more than some rule violation or bookkeeping error and actually about a vendetta held by a few employees and possibly a few board members, might be right on.
Hey, do what you like, but I think you're hurting your cause, which has already been completed...or has it?

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PeoplePetsnRespect 3 years, 1 month ago

As someone mentioned, there is alot more to this story regarding the pay issue. DOL fined based on a little known rule about how many hours a person can work and be considered "salary". Anyone know that exact number? If you are like most of us, you won't know it. I would venture that the board didn't even know that hours rule. So some people who were thought to be salary should have been paid hourly and overtime. That is what the fine was about. AFTER DOL had audited, made their ruling, a BOARD MEMBER takes it upon herself to further audit and comes up with "fines" that are owed that the DOL didn't even assign. Amazing how some of these board members are such experts in so many areas. The telling answer is WHY a board member would follow up a DOL audit with information that makes the shelter look worse than it is? A little known fact is that Midge tried to work with several employees that needed time off (one had cancer) and she gave them time off but the board ( and a few employees who had nothing better to do) stirred that up to be something illegal. Why would they do that when her intention was good? Another little known fact is that Midge's husband who used to work there was one of those people who should have been compensated more. He turned down the extra compensation.

If anyone has seen Midge's office, seen the car they drive or knew their lifestyle, this is a woman who DEDICATED her life to animal welfare. She was not in it for the money and she certainly wasn't out to cheat anyone. Matter of fact (check it) she had nothing to do with the pay or accounting procedures. That fell to someone else but I'm sure they said it happened "under her watch "which is just another line that is used when someone is targeted.

I am very disappointed by all that has gone on with this board , their poor judgment in handling concerns within the shelter and their overall lack of support to what is important - animal care. The focus of a shelter should be on the animals- not petty jealousies and politics. My support will follow Midge because I believe in her philosophy, her character and what she is willing to devote to this cause. I can't support the poor structure and lack of leadership of the board like this one. I am hoping Midge is given financial backing to start her own animal rescue group. Then she can put her energy back into what's important and the current board can run the shelter into the ground and only have themselves to blame. At least there would be another place for the animals to go that wasn't a roller coaster of politics. So sad. Midge doesn't read these posts but if someone talks to her - let her know I admire her and wish her well.

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Melinda Black 3 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone know which member of the board was appointed by the City of Lawrence?

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animalsfirst 3 years, 1 month ago

Employees are allowed to have breaks. And most employees do not leave the shelter for lunch. If you think the job is so easy why don't you volunteer for a day and see what it is really like. Do you know how many staff members argued with Midge over the euth list and how many times staff members either adopted or fostered animals to keep them from being euthanized. How many animals did Midge ever foster?

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 1 month ago

This is coming from a non-animal fan. Why not kill shelter animals after a some set amount of time? By not killing anything, you will spend more money and end up not giving enough care for animals that have more potential to find a home. If you have less money and higher cost, something has to give or you end up closing down, and then much more animals will be in harms way.

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BobaFett 3 years, 1 month ago

There is a lot of information in regards to this matter that is not yet known to the public. I can tell you right now that this will be public knowledge very soon via pictures, videos, and documents. I think everyone should hold their final judgments until all of this information is released.

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Acey 3 years, 1 month ago

When we rolled into Lawrence in the '70's, we found a cat at the motel we were in temporarily. So we looked in the phone book, called the Lawrence Humane Society, and found a place for that cat, met the shelter's Helen Melton, who had lived IN the Ise Animals Shelter with her husband and their poodles (sometimes with pink or blue-dyed fur!). she told us we ought to attend the meetings. And so began a long relationship with this organization. We both served terms on the Board. We both served terms as president. Did you all know that EVERY MANAGER over the years except the one before Midge was terminated by the board? Some couldn't cut it. Some had "issues." Some just needed to do something else. That job can be SOUL-DESTROYING! So many challenges. So few solutions. Many in our community feel terribly distressed about the numbers of homeless pets——more than shelter clients and area residents have room to keep. We have so many good, energetic, loyal animals and many animal lovers. Yet there are so many more sad endings than happy ones. As it has always been, so it will always be. Not just in Lawrence, but pretty much everywhere. ••••••• There just aren't—and never will be—enough homes for them all! •••••••• I was on the committee that hired Midge. She left a job in retail and "learned her way" to the top, statewide. She "lasted" longer than any manager before her. I have found her to be a smart, kind, and energetic advocate for animals. I don't know a thing about what happened towards the end. Can't we agree that that we all WILL NOT be able to agree on all aspects of this issue? Can we please agree at least to lend our support, loyalty, and effort for this essential organization as the Lawrence Humane Society / Charles Ise Memorial Animal Shelter finds the way forward? Thank you, Midge, for your long service. We wish you all the best. Desmond and Dewey became our pets because you saved them for ten months! Basil became our pet because your staff kept him and the others safe and well until we came along and found him.

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igby 3 years, 1 month ago

It's time the city leaders insulate themselves with a change in management. Many years ago, there was a mistake that was made and coruption grew into a black market for animal food that was not going to the shelter. Managment was at blame and under managements watch this black market grew and food was going out in large loads at the hand of one of the employees to this black market. After 12 or more years of this hole in food inventories, a complaint arose and the black market got cut off. These people were bad and are in jail now. The wrong will never be right. The only hope is to change management and the city can move on . There is doubt that few people ever new about this and the management is at fought. The employee is long gone. Terrible and sad.

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Lynn731 3 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if Wildgen will be armed? Thank you, Lynn

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dogsandcats 3 years, 1 month ago

Ding dong the witch is... gone! She may have done a lot for the animals but she needs some pointers on interpersonal communication with humans.

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frankieandlola 3 years, 1 month ago

The term no kill shleter is a feel-good term. It conjures up warm fuzzies in the community but it doesn't decrease numbers of euthanasia, it just means the next shelter down the road has to perform more. No kill shelters are generally looked down upon in the humane society community because they house the animals for long periods of time and pass on their overflow to other shelters. There is no doubt that LHS and it's people past and present, including Midge, care deeply about the animals of this community. They need our support regardless of their label or kill status. Most of the general public is uneducated about the true differences between no-kill shelters and those that euthanize. Understandble because most of them haven't worked at either one. I don't profess to be a fan of Peta, but their website sums it up nicely: http://www.peta.org/about/why-peta/no-kill-shelters.aspx

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lua423 3 years, 1 month ago

I used to volunteer at the Humane Society, but I found the employee's rude and unhelpful. Maybe this is the change that was needed.

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Ambition_rules 3 years, 1 month ago

Sometimes I wish the LJW made you use your real name. Although Kicker14 insinuates that she is an employee, I'd bet the house that she is a board member. Employees of the shelter are usually hard at work cleaning kennels at this time of the morning....Some of the board members, meanwhile, are unemployed. Hmmmmm.

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Pacer12 3 years, 1 month ago

"That is, if you have one, but that might be debatable considering how much time certain people spend posting on here."

Kicker14, you're pretty quick to start pointing fingers after making numerous posts so it looks like you're the one with no life. Just saying.

And regardless of the accusations against Midge, she was a great director and did great things for the shelter. Can't we just focus on that instead of pointing out how bad of a director she supposedly was or how awful the incoming director might be?

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Melinda Black 3 years, 1 month ago

It saddens me to see the Lawrence Humane Shelter in the news yet again. As a longtime donor, I believed that my dollars were going to support a good program. Of late, I'm starting to question the motives of the board members in charge of those dollars.

I've heard too many stories about certain board members orchestrating Midge's departure with the hopes of filling her job. I suggest the board address these rumors. I will not financially enable an organization that allows a board member to personally enriching themselves at the expense of the animals.There are other shelters with less drama that also need funding.

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Kicker14 3 years, 1 month ago

Hugs for everyone, this is a very stressful topic.

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Kicker14 3 years, 1 month ago

The past can not be changed, but the future can. We can all argue about the decisions made from all directions day in and day out, but ultimately that doesn't really get anyone anywhere. The only thing that we all can really do now is to just move forward and keep the animals in focus as the main priority. Arguing to prove points is not going to change what's done.

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Kicker14 3 years, 1 month ago

Euthanasia in general is just a fact of shelter life, unfortunately. But the more help from supporters/contributors, the better things are for the animals. Please, through all of the drama, I urge everyone to not forget that the animals are the number one priority. Don't let ill feelings towards humans stop or prevent you from helping the animals if you are a true animal lover. Every furry life that makes it through their ordeal and comes out the other end being adopted into a safe, loving home because of your contributions thanks you!

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edjayhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

Gotta love these ultra-liberal boards that are only there for self-recognition.

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Kicker14 3 years, 1 month ago

Well, it's mostly because of aggression or serious injury/illness, and not too terribly often because of space, but it would be a lie to say that the shelter has "never" euthanized for space, although they work hard to not have to do that. But sometimes the shelter gets far too many animals in at one time and there is just nowhere to put them all. I will say though, in those cases, everything is done to prevent euthanizing for space, such as calling rescues, other shelters, the state, and foster homes. But even that's not enough sometimes. Please don't stop your contributions though, because the more contributions of any kind, the more it helps the shelter improve on these things.

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ResQd 3 years, 1 month ago

I, personally, thought it was a no-kill shelter, with the exception of animals that were aggressive and/or injured to a point of no return. Several years back when visiting the shelter, I was told by a staff member it was a no-kill shelter. Can you please fill us in on what circumstances cause them to euthanize these animals; I may have to stop my contributions.

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Kicker14 3 years, 1 month ago

I don't know why so many people think the Lawrence Humane Society was ever a "no kill" shelter. In all the years of its existence, it has never been a "no kill" shelter.

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Kicker14 3 years, 1 month ago

The Board of Directors, just like anyone else who works at any shelter, has a very difficult job too. I think they have done the best they can, and I thank them for all the time they've been putting into trying to make the shelter a better place for the animals and staff alike. They don't get paid for being on the board, and the work they do is worth something. They are doing the right thing.

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sweetiepie 3 years, 1 month ago

I also thought one of the big selling points of the Lawrence Humane Society was that the shelter was a "no-kill" facility. Why did so many of us think that?

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Kicker14 3 years, 1 month ago

NEWSFLASH!!! This is not the apocalypse, the world is not going to stop turning, the sun will rise tomorrow people. So you can go back to your normal daily routines of life. That is, if you have one, but that might be debatable considering how much time certain people spend posting on here.

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guess_again 3 years, 1 month ago

Unfortunately, even fourteen-year directors must follow federal and state wage laws.

All the people who now want to slime the board of directors are just going to make it more likely that well qualified people in the community do not step up to serve on, or write checks to, this organization.

Those arguing that board members wants to intentionally kill animals, and want to inject the "kill shelter" argument are way off the mark and disingenuous.

Good intentions and warm hugs is not enough when running an organization with employees and a payroll. You must obey the law, and you are responsible to your board.

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RANGERTWO 3 years, 1 month ago

God Bless you Midge, my friend! Being Santa Paws for you always made my Christmas season better. I hope all in the future is grand for you and hubby. I will miss you and your smiles and love everyday!

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Kicker14 3 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, well, when you break the law, even if you had an entire city of people standing up for you isn't going to save your rear end. Just because you have some "blind" fans, that doesn't make you an exception to the law. Justice has finally been served.

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Kim Murphree 3 years, 1 month ago

You will see a former staff member elevated to Director--and they will euthanize to save money--that's one of the main points for the "new" direction of the shelter. What a shame. Midge, you took great care to make sure we had a shelter that was the best it could be--you did so much with so little, and were an amazing advocate for the animals. I am sorry we didn't stand up for you and save your directorship---I hope that after the tears, you take that LONG earned vacation---then look back and be proud of all you have done--it was a GREAT work, and many of us appreciate you and will always appreciate you.

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CreatureComforts 3 years, 1 month ago

I must say, I am always impressed with LJ World comment section. It's really neat to see that this city has so many people that know everything about absolutely everything. Many can even see the future...it's fantastic. With so many amazingly smart people in this town, I am shocked the city isn't the capital of the world.

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pinecreek 3 years, 1 month ago

So which person on the Board will end up assuming the ED role long term? What is the latest in 'palace intrigue'?

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BrianR 3 years, 1 month ago

The LHS has never claimed to be no-kill, they just say they won't kill for space but a dog can end up going out the back door for a wide variety of reasons. The staff at LHS does an outstanding job and I have no reason to believe that won't continue.

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Sara Garlick 3 years, 1 month ago

Are they seriously going to make LHS a kill shelter? I know if the animal is injured too badly, or way too agressive for humans. But putting an animal down because it is unloved and not adopted is WRONG!

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KelliChurch 3 years, 1 month ago

The board got their wish and now the best thing at the shelter is gone. They will make the shelter a death camp. That is what they want. They put down over 100 cats in November but never told the public that. Then Megan sat at the shelter babysitting Midge and had her hands tied. The so called employees that accused Midge cant even do their job. I witnessed them not doing things they were suppose to be doing. But hey the board was out to get Midge and now they won. Now its a sad day for the unwanted animals. The place that was to be their 2nd chance will now be their death sentence. I hope the board is proud of themselves. I also hope the board looks at the animals that are sentenced to death and are haunted by their actions every day and night. I will no longer donate to the shelter. The board has not had the animals best interests in hand. They overspent while Midge was on her leave but they wont tell anyone that. Im not only ashamed of the board members but Im ashamed of myself for not doing more to keep Midge there. She made it what it is today and now there wont be a tomorrow for the animals. So pat yourselves on the back you so called board members. By the way, way to change the by laws for the board. Now those that wanted the power will have it because they will be able to stay in office longer. Oh yeah they didnt tell the public that. They changed the terms and made them longer. Funny since those few that were after Midge are coming up for re-election first. Im sure telling people your on the board of directors will make you go far in life. But you will have to live everyday with what you have done and those that did nothing will have to live with that as well. They should change the name from a shelter to the death camp. That is what it will be now. I wonder how many of the negative comments are from those that have accused Midge. Why hide behind made up ID's? use your real name and let people see who you are. I will always stand behind Midge, the work she did at the shelter was amazing. And now all that is gone, sad day for the animals.

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deec 3 years, 1 month ago

"Devoted people working overtime" are required by the federal government to be paid for all the hours they work.

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naturalist 3 years, 1 month ago

wow major mistake to let the best person we have ever had for our shelter go due to devoted people working overtime. midge you are wonderful. all the best to You.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 1 month ago

Study the history of the shelter as far back as the Meltons. There has been dissent among the cats and dogs for sometime and wilbur is speaking of the two legged ones.

So much cat and dog fighting, but what would one expect in Lawrence.

Wildgen if going to be the interim and be active needs to get the shelter directors under control, i.e. the Board of Directors.

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ophiuchus 3 years, 1 month ago

Seems like... just the other day... seems like...

just the other day

seems like.

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IBike100 3 years, 1 month ago

Midge is an incredible human being who has given her heart and soul to the unwanted and abused animals in our community. I wish her the very best in her retirement I highly respect Mike Wildgen, who is also a very good person and a caring individual. I think the shelter will be left in good hands to carry on the good work which was started there.

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macon47 3 years, 1 month ago

we can only hope some expenses are brought under control it provides alot of needed services, but the humane center is a money pit

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Kontum1972 3 years, 1 month ago

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deec 3 years, 1 month ago

I know about 10,000 reasons why the employees are not the ones at fault here.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 1 month ago

This sets up Wildgen for his next Interim directorship; managing sewage distribution throughout the city.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 1 month ago

The board wants a kill shelter and I guess they are getting what they want. Sad day for the animals in Lawrence Kansas. I hope the complaining lazy employees feel really good about the animals that will now die as a result of their selfishness. This is the night the lights went out in Lawrence and the board in this town has blood stains on their hands.

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Doppleganger 3 years, 1 month ago

Puppy death camps are frightening. It must be hard to sleep at night knowing you've killed so many innocent lives.

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irvan moore 3 years, 1 month ago

we get our dogs at the shelter, great dog every time.

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 1 month ago

I worked on and off with Midge over the years. I'm not saying anything 'bad' about her; this is just an observation I made. Her #1 priority was the animals, close behind was volunteers (#2); employees were much futher down on that list....like 8 or 9. In a 'perfect world' those priorities might be better balanced, but that's not where we live. My first choice might not to be to work for her, but I always enjoyed working with her. She deffinately didn't just 'slide by' for the past 14 years!!

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jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

I hope all people who are reading this consider the shelter next time they get a pet.

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ivalueamerica 3 years, 1 month ago

wow, going from a director who is one of the people I respect most in Lawrence to a director who is someone I respect least in Lawrence.

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mrbig 3 years, 1 month ago

Best wishes to you Midge! You have done great things for LHS.

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irvan moore 3 years, 1 month ago

wow, talk about a jack of all trades, Wildgen was interim director for museum, now for shelter.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 1 month ago

That shelter has had problems clear back to the Meltons, and it was not them. The problems at the dog shelter are the same at each and every other social service agency in Lawrence: The Board of Directors.

If Wildgen has guts, he will shape up the board of directors which was not done at Watkins.

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ResQd 3 years, 1 month ago

I don't know what's happened up there, and we probably will never know the entire story. However, the work that she has done for the animals under her directorship, cannot be measured. She's done an outstanding job over the years. I just hope the new leadership can fill her boots, um, shoes!

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Paula Kissinger 3 years, 1 month ago

"Mike Wildgen will be an awesome interim."

WHAT ? Wrong ! He "resigned under pressure in 2006". If he couldn't stand up for himself against city hall there is no way he is going to be able to stand up for those that cannot speak.

This is a huge loss for the animals and those of us that advocate for them. To build and operate such a great shelter in a community of leaders who are more interested in appearances than the real issues is her legacy and she should be commended for that. She is not replaceable but someone will eventually assume her position. I hope they are deserving of it and that Midge will find comfort in knowing that those of us who have our hearts in the right place will always speak well of her and admire her for all she has done.

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cheeseburger 3 years, 1 month ago

. . . comes on the heels of a length leave of absence in the fall. . .

Wanna try again, JK?

Best wishes, Midge. Not sure exactly what's going on over there, but thank you for your past service.

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devobrun 3 years, 1 month ago

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Bassetlover 3 years, 1 month ago

Huge loss for this community. Huge!! Mike Wildgen will be an awesome interim. God bless you, Midge!

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 1 month ago

Uh, oh. Sit back for the roller-coaster thread of the month.

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