Last year alone each animal accounted for $182.55 in operating costs. However, this is only a fraction of what it truly costs to care for the animals. Ask the 13-year-old middle schoolers who donate every one of their Saturdays to caring for the animals, or the lady who religiously brings us a few bags of cat litter each month, or the many others who contribute. There is a lot that goes into the care of the animals that cannot be easily measured.
Regardless of who you are or what you have heard about the happenings of MCHS, I would encourage you to come and see for yourself. Talk with the staff or the volunteers and let them tell you the endless stories of the animals we have worked to save. Listen as they tell you about the endless hours, sweat, and tears and how it is all worth it when we get to see them go to loving homes and have a second chance at life. Listen as they tell you that we do all we can, but we don’t have the resources to provide 24/7 transport to animals who are found as strays. Listen as they tell you of each and every animal that would have been euthanized if MCHS did not exist to care for them and find their homes after the legal requirement to hold them was over.
Listen, and then call your county supervisors to let them know that this is not what you want to be the future for Marion County.