Letter from the President/Press Release
September 30, 2013
To the Supporters of the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The community did it! I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of our supporters. Attimes, it has been hard to see how we could continue moving forward,but you have simply overwhelmed me by your generosity and support. THANK YOU! You are simply amazing. Becauseof your enthusiasm and support, the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake(HSCCL) has exceeded its immediate financial challenge. Your generosity and support resulted in more than $30,000. (We will post the actual amount after the campaign closes and figures are reconciled). This assures the financial stability of the HSCCL for the remainder of 2013.
As you may know, theHSCCL Shelter serves all of Henderson and Kaufman Counties and most ofthe Cedar Creek Lake communities, our partners. In a pressconference held on September 30, 2013, as HSCCL Board President, Iannounced a new business model to assure the Shelter’s long term future.
We will be working tonegotiate new agreements with Kaufman and Henderson Counties and ourcities to implement our new business model. This newbusiness model will result in stable operating funds for HSCCL’slong-term operation while at the same time continues to assist all ofour partners with their animal control issues. A cornerstone of this business model is continued community involvement and support.
Ways to help the animals at the Shelter include:
- Adopt! Adopt a dog or cat from the HSCCL Shelter or at one of our offsite adoption events.
- Donate! Donate directly to the Shelter or attend a fundraising event. If you shop online, go to adoptashelter.com, then on to your favorite shopping site such as Amazon. That way, the Shelter receives a percentage of the purchase price. And business and community sponsored supply drives are appreciated.
- Volunteer! “Hands-on the Animals” volunteers can bathe dogs, walk dogs, pet the cats, foster, and help with offsite adoption events. “No-Hands-on-the-Animal” volunteers can answer the phone, help with fundraising events, and staff community booths.
- Business collaboration: The HSCCL is partnering with local businesses and non-profit organizations on joint fundraising events. These events will help the animals, as well as financially help local businesses and community non-profit groups.
- Facebook Users: “Like” the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake. Share posts with your friends.
I will keep everyone updated as we continue going forward. Please check back regularly for updated information.
Thank you for your interest and support!
President, HSCCL Board of Directors
CONTACT: September 30, 2013
Donny Shubert FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HUMANE SOCIETY OF CEDAR CREEK LAKE MEETS FUNDRAISING GOAL, ANNOUNCES NEW BUSINESS PLAN FOR 2014
Tool, Texas – The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake (HSCCL) has met its recent fundraising goal of $25,000 through community events and an online fundraising drive. These funds assure the financial stability of the Shelter for the remainder of 2013. HSCCL is now tackling its long term financial viability and stability by rolling out a new business plan.
Independent analysis of HSCCL finances indicates that the Shelter is frugal and well managed. However, it also reveals a pattern of underfunding. This pattern has existed since the Shelter was founded thirty years ago. It is only through continued emergency fundraisers that the shelter has been able to remain open. Each time, the community has come to the Shelter’s rescue. This cycle must stop.
At present, Shelter funds are derived from the following: contracted monthly amounts from each of the two counties it serves, Kaufman and Henderson; per-animal agreements with several cities; adoption fees; surrender fees; and donations from the community.
Financial analysis reveals that, in each of the county and city agreements, the cost of care for an animal is three to four times the cost that the Shelter charges. Therefore, every animal taken in by the Shelter results in money losses. This cycle cannot be allowed to continue.
Accordingly, 90 day notices were given today to both counties and to contracted cities to terminate the existing contracts. During this 90 day period, the HSCCL will work with each agency to come up with the best long term solution for its animal control needs.
Going forward, the Shelter will rely on even more community support and involvement. A program is now in place to raise community awareness, to recruit and retain more volunteers, and to increase adoptions. Plans are progressing to offer unique fundraising opportunities with the community, especially local businesses and churches. Other funding sources to provide steady monthly income is being investigated and the Shelter will continue discussions with our local and county officials.
The HSCCL has provided services to the community for thirty years, and is determined to continue this service in 2014 and beyond. The Shelter will not close. The Shelter will instead implement this new business plan, and resize as required to meet its financial commitments.
About the Shelter:
HSCCL is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization serving the animals and people of Kaufman and Henderson counties. The HSCCL mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals through care, education and advocacy.
The Shelter, now over thirty years old, provides shelter, food, and TLC to more than 3,500 animals each year.
Supporters! We have made great progress with regards to our fundraiser and have nearly reached our goal. But, we still have a little further to go and won't complain one bit if we go over our goal, which we will if we can meet our next challenge. We have a benefactor that will donate $5000 if we can match $5000. I already posted one of the $1000 challenges (Challenge #5) and we have met it and are now on Challenge #6 $1000 challenge.
The funding received for this targeted fundraiser is key to helping the shelter through a transition period while we work on getting a solid business model in place that will ensure the survival of the shelter in the long-term and allow us to continue to serve the residents and animals of Henderson and Kaufman County, Texas.
Another positive outcome is the amount of community support and concern we have received from our neighbors. We had quite a turnout at our monthly board meeting on Tuesday, 24 September 2013. Several people have stepped up to help the shelter navigate through this difficult time. We are feeling very hopeful that shelther will weather this storm and come out strong on the other side.
Thank you for your continued support.
Wow! Thank you to everybody for their generosity. Still plugging away, but there has been a little surge. A very generous supporter fulfilled the $3,000 match pledge if we reached $3,000, plus we got a few more donations via mail. While this fundraiser will help us in the short-term, we still continue to work on a long-term solution in the hopes of ensuring the survival of the shelter and continue to serve the residents of Henderson and Kaufman County in Texas. Unfortunately there is not an overnight solution, but continue to meet with officials to solve the cash flow problem that has plagued the shelter over the past couple of years. And we obviously don't want to find ourselves in the same position 6 months to a year from now. The shelter hopes to have a plan in the next week or so that will hopefully be agreeable to all parties involved and ensure we will be around another 30 years. The animals depend on us!
We have several donors that will match dollar to dollar if we reach a set amount. There are two right now with $1,000 pledges each that I will be posting soon. We also have a very generous donor that will donate $5,000, but we have to work for it :)
Please continue to support the shelter while we navigate through this difficult time. We still have animals on the premises in need of new homes.
A message to all of our supporters. Thank you so much for all of your support. While this will help us in the short-term, we are still hoping the budgeting issue with the counties can be resolved as we must increase the month-to-month cash flow in order to keep our doors open. We are in contact with the Kaufman County and Henderson County Commissioners and Judges and have presented everything to them to prove that we need an increase in funding if they want us to be able to stay open. While nobody has given up, we are working on contingency plans if our doors close for the final time in the next 90-days. We are working very closely with all of our rescue partners in an effort to have a place for some of the animals to go should we be forced to close. Of course, we continue to adopt animals out.
In the meantime, please contact the county officials and ask them what is going to happen to all of the unwanted and homeless animals? Where are they going to go if the shelter is forced to close due to lack of adequate funding? On Monday, the Kaufman County judges office called the shelter and asked what they can do to get the phone calls stopped. KEEP IT UP!
Tom Manning 903-498-8759
Precinct 1 (Terrell) - 972-563-5362
Precinct 2 (Forney) - 972-552-3299
Judge Wood's office - 972-932-4331
Scotty Thomas - 903-489-1665
Wade McKinney - 903-425-2611
Judge Sanders - 903-675-6120