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Humane Society shelter at capacity, funding down

Vada, a worker at the Delta Humane Society for the past three years, takes care of Victor, a young adult cat at the animal shelter in search of a good home.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin/


POSTED January 10, 2009 12:42 a.m.
STOCKTON — The ongoing foreclosure crisis has forced many homeowners to give up their family pet.
Many have turned to the Delta Humane Society, a no-kill shelter located on the Highway 99 frontage road just north of Arch Road.
But according to Patrice Davidson, who, for the past 14 years, has been on the board of directors for the non-profit organization, Delta Humane Society receives no city, county, or federal monetary support. The animal shelter is also currently filled to capacity.
“Right now, we’re full,” she said on Thursday. “For every one animal adopted is replaced by another.”
Delta Humane, incidentally, can accommodate 200 animals, with 150 of those spots at the kennel reserved for dogs.
The animal shelter, however, is facing a financial crisis. Public donations have been down 40- to 50- percent from last year while more homeowners are looking to give up the family pet based on their situation.
The results?
“We’re getting more bills than donations,” said Davidson, blaming the tough economic times.
Needed are donors to help defray the cost of operation. Delta Humane currently has the “Animals in Crisis” campaign, with hopes of getting 500 committed donors to contribute $500 each.
“But we also welcome any and all donations,” Davidson added. “Every little bit helps.”
Lack of funding could mean cutting down on business hours, personnel, and services.
The Delta Humane Society is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. It has primarily dogs and cats in need of being adopted. Staff includes five full-time and two part-time workers, and a group of about 40 volunteers.
All animals up for adoption have been spayed, neutered, and even de-wormed.
“The first step (due to loss of funds) would be cutting back on hours,” Davidson said. “The results could mean fewer adoptions and a much longer wait for those bringing in homeless pets.”
When it comes to adoption, Sandy Duncan, who is the long-time shelter manager, indicated that those in search of a pet at the Delta Humane Society are carefully screened.
“We want to make sure it’s going to be a good fit,” she said. “We match the animal to the owner.
“Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment.”
Thanks to the thorough screening process, those animals adopted very rarely return to the shelter.
Duncan also indicated that Delta Humane Society has more than enough cats, with hopes of finding homes for the felines.
Those interested in making a contribution can do so by sending their donation to: Animal in Crisis, Delta Humane Society & SPCA, P.O. Box 30908, Stockton, CA 95213.
For more information, call (209) 466-0339 or (209) 466-0331.
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