Report to Board of Directors May 2014

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Report to Board of Directors: May 2014

Summary of Animal Stats

Live Release Rate for April 2014: 98.44%


Dogs & Puppies: 24

Cats & Kittens: 25

Hamster: 1

Animals Currently Housed in the Shelter:

Dogs & Puppies: 52

Cats & Kittens: 199

Ferrets: 2

Guinea Pigs: 2

Pot Belly Pig: 1 – The Pig has two homes and will be leaving Monday to one or the other. The pig is doing a Meet & Greet Monday with another Pig (who is the star of the Seaway Diner). If she does not like him, he will be going to live with another family that had a pot belly in the past, so say your goodbye’s!

Animals Housed 6 Months or More:

Dogs: Hugo(8/3/13), Buck(9/27/13), Montana(6/6/13), Bubba Chubba(3/11/13), Fusion(8/9/13), Lexas (11/13/14), Jango (11/21/13), BooBoo(9/28/13- in a foster home)

Cats: Xander(11-14-13), Sophie(11/20/13), Oreo(11/11/13), Tupper(11/20/13), Confetti(11/18/13), Mr. Noodles(11/14/13), Charlie Chaplin(11/14/13), Wini(11/4/13), Binx(11/4/13), Dante(11/18/13), Tigger(6/22/13), Moonlight(9/25/13), Neptune(8/6/13), Lucy(6/8/13), Emma(7/10/14), Frost(9/6/13), Apple Blossom(8/19/13), Soot(10/31/13), Cinnamon(9/30/13), Panda(9/10/13), Jimmy(6/15/13)


There was an incident between Bonnie P. and Richard S. (cleaning staff) while I was at a presentation at SUNY Potsdam. I sat down with Richard and we went over the situation, he apologized to Bonnie, and he was written up for his behavior.

Town Contracts

Nothing to report at this time.


John Huckle from Mr. Grant’s Construction gave us a quote of $3,845.88 to repair the surgery room floor.

We have not yet heard back from the Home Depot pertaining to their interest in doing a project for PHS.

Steve Cotter will be coming in the next few weeks to do the list of projects such as installation of the window in the cat room, fixing the exhaust vent above the nursery (crushed from snow), installation of a gate in the adoptable play yard, siding installation, and a quote on sealing the roof.

With the number of long term residents growing, especially with cats, we would like to do an adoption promotion for the animals that have been at PHS 6 months or longer where the adoption fee would be cut in half. We would like to run this for the month of June.


The Red Pine Pub in Colton is holding a Karaoke Contest on Saturday May 17th at 7pm.

Strut Your Mutt raised a total of $5,367.33. We sold out of T-shirts and so we have placed orders through Stacked Graphics for more, so we will be closer to $5,500. There was a lot of help from volunteers and I am really appreciative for all of the help and support!

Public Outreach

We had a successful Rabies and Microchip Clinic on April 18th, bringing in around $500.

We are planning to schedule Clinics with Dr. Gordon for the months of June, July, and August. The Town of Potsdam has been talking with the ACO’s to have them do an enumeration for dog licensing. So setting up these clinics may help us generate more revenue.

The Harry Potter Alliance Club from Suny Potsdam did a community service project for PHS and made a donation.

The Potsdam Mentoring Program students came to PHS for a tour and were able to ask questions about the animals and the shelter.

Next week we will have a visit from NNCS students and a Girl Scout Troop.

Volunteer Initiatives

Susan Novack’s PR Class were broken into teams in which they proposed PR projects. The class donated a total of 504 volunteer hours. I have all of the proposals and I am still reading through them. They have many good ideas that PHS can use. One group created PSAs for PHS to use, in which the Potsdam Campus Radio has agreed to play starting next semester. The class is emailing me electronic copies of their proposals and when I get them I will forward them on to you. One of the students is trying to secure an internship which he would like to complete through PHS- which the staff is very excited about.

PHS logged Volunteer Hours: 339

PR Class Logged Hours: 504


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