|"Muffin B. Bassett" (the B is for Biscuit)|
just (as the Delbert McClinton song says), a "Victim of Life's Circumstances.".
I've met Muffin a few times and can vouch for her character and personality. She's kinda laid back, not particulary interested in wasting a lot of energy running around up and down hills, etc but seems to be more of a "thinker"'; more the contemplative type who would just as soon lay in the grass and observe nature and the world around her. She likes to play, she likes to just hang out with friends and she likes to have her ears scratched and she will listen to you for hours! Even if YOU talk about Democrats and Republicans!
We didn't talk politics, Muffin and I......but I think she's probably an Independent judging from her general attitude about things. At any rate, she's a little bummed about the financial discussions going on between the Watauga County Humane Society and the county government. She inidcated that she would prefer to just move in with someone new and avoid all the financial and political discussions going on around her!. If you can help her find a place where she can make a few new friends who want to lay around and discuss philosophy with her, give her a call at the Humane Society - 828-264-7865.
NOTE: If you can give this sweet girl a home, I will pay half her adoption fee. I will try to get to the Humane Society today and leave a check toward her adoption....If not today, I will Thursday for sure. You will be glad to have Muffin in your life!
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The Humane Society is housed in a wonderful new building off of old 421....a great facility with a great staff of paid and volunteer employees who have the best interest of the animals at heart. I have met several of the staff and the volunteers there and am quite impressed with the care and love their residents receive! The Humane society is funded primarily through contributions but they also have a contract with Watauga county for housing, care and feeding of the animals that Watauga County Animal Control used to care for. This is a contract worked out several years ago by the previous board of the Humane Society and the previous board of County Commissioners. As I understand it, both County Animal Control and the Humane Society were in substandard facilities at the time and an agreement was reached for the county to loan the Humane Society $400,000.00 toward the construction of the new facility. (The loan does not have to be repaid unless the HS sells the property, defaults on their contract, etc)...
Additionally, based on the county's history as to the average number of animals typically cared for each year in the Animal Control pound, the county would pay the Humane Society $75,000. 00 per year and the Humane society would take over the responsibility for the housing, care and feeding of the animals.
I think it important to distinguish here that this is somewhat different from most of the other situations where the county is allocating funds to non profit organizations. In this case, there is a specific county service which, in most other places, is funded by the taxpayers and provided by county employees in county controlled facilities. In Watauga, the Humane society provides the service under contract with the county.
Now here is the problem as I understand it. The Humane society is saying that they underestimated both the number of animals they would be handling under their contract and also the cost of care for the individual animals. They would like the county to increase the annual payment significantly - up to $225,000.00 - triple the previously agreed upon price.
The county position seems to be that "a deal is a deal"....while they leave open the possibility that they will entertain the Humane Society request along with those of the other non profits when they begin the budget process for next year - it appears to me that the county is expecting the Humane Society to make greater efforts to economize rather than to turn to the taxpayers for more help.
I can appreciate the positions of both the county - and the Humane society. The county had the option of euthanizing the animals when the population increased beyond their capacity to house them; the Humane Society is unlikely to "economize" in that manner!
I don't know what the outcome will be.....and I truly have mixed emotions - on the one hand I am not usually in favor of the county deciding which non profits are worthwhile and deserving of taxpayer funding. On the other hand, here is a great non profit organization doing great work but who probably under priced the service they contracted to provide the county and may not have the ability to cut costs to the level needed.
In the meantime, your tax deductible contributions will certainly help! Send your check in any amount please! To... Watauga Humane Society
P.O. Box 1835
Boone, NC 28607