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New Facility - Questions and Answers
The Missoula Humane Society's capital
drive will be the largest and most significant fund-raising
campaign in our 40-year history. Our estimated goal
of $1,575,000 will allow us to retrofit the recently
purchased property on Highway 93, and build a solid
future for our organization. It is time that we expand
to meet the needs of a growing and changing population
in western Montana.
The following information contain answers
to the most frequently asked questions about the capital
campaign and building project and operations of The
Missoula Humane Society.
Why is The Missoula Humane Society
launching a campaign at this time?
Our building is nearly 40 years old
and crumbling. Because of severe settling, floors
are slanted, doors and windows no longer fit, there
are large cracks in nearly every wall and significant
leaks in the roof over the kennel. Spending money
on repairs at this time wouldn't be cost efficient.
In addition, our programs and services have changed
dramatically since 1963 when the shelter first opened.
Animal sheltering and humane education are more complex
undertakings today than they have ever been. The Missoula
Humane Society's facilities are greatly in need of
modernization to meet stringent contemporary standards
of animal care and to serve an increasing population.
A new facility will allow us to fulfill our mission
and to more effectively reach out to Western Montana
with education, animal care, and adoption programs.
What is the vision for the new shelter?
Our vision for the new Missoula Humane
Society is for it to be a community resource center
for all things animal related. We will still house
and adopt homeless animals, but the new building will
allow us to provide free classes, school programs,
and volunteer partnerships on site. The new shelter
will have a retail appearance, will be less institutional,
and will be able to house animals in an environment
that is more appealing to potential adopters. With
improved sanitation and a better housing environment
animals may be kept longer, thus increasing their
chances of adoption. We have always served as a model
shelter for other humane societies in our state and
with our new building we will continue to be an inspiration
to other animal welfare groups.
How many pets does The Missoula Humane
Society place, and will that increase at the new facility?
The national average among animal shelters
for placement of homeless pets is about 30%. At The
Missoula Humane Society we place 60% of the animals
in our care. Our new adoption program coupled with
a larger facility will enable us to continue to increase
our adoption rate. To help us achieve our goal of
placing more homeless pets, we have special volunteer
driven programs that rehabilitate and train animals
that are difficult to place. A new shelter would afford
us the space to expand these programs and the number
of people participating in them. The new shelter will
also be designed to keep new arrivals and sick animals
quarantined to help decrease the spread of disease.
Fewer animals would need to be euthanized simply because
they are ill and we lack space to isolate them.
How does this campaign differ from
your regular fund-raising activities?
Like other non-profit organizations,
we seek funds on an annual basis to support our regular
services. This campaign, by contrast, focuses on a
high priority one-time need.
Whom the new shelter will serve?
We will continue to be an open-admissions
shelter, which means that we accept any animal from
any person for any reason. Since we are the largest
animal shelter in western Montana, residents from
all over this area of the state are supported by our
services. About 40% of the animals we take in are
from areas outside of the city limits. Last year we
received animals from as far as Philipsburg, Deer
Lodge, and Salmon, Idaho. Most come from the Bitterroot
Valley, Mission Valley, and small towns west of Missoula
like St. Regis and Superior. Many areas of western
Montana either do not have animal control or have
woefully inadequate animal shelter facilities so the
only option is to bring animals in need to us. In
the last year we have begun to take animals from neighboring
shelters that have run out of space. Most have come
from the Mission Valley Animal Shelter and Browning
Animal Control. Our shelter is as much of a regional
facility as it is a local one.
If the county is also building a
new facility for Animal Control, can't you just share
space? Aren't your services duplicated?
Actually, the services offered by the
Missoula Humane Society are quite different than Missoula
Animal Control. The city/county funded Animal Control
agency primarily handles stray dogs from within Missoula
County. They are unable to accept dogs from out of
the county, any animal unwanted by its owner, or any
cats. The Missoula Humane Society, on the other hand,
accepts all animals. About 70% of the animals brought
to our shelter would not be accepted at Missoula Animal
Control. In addition, a large part of our mission
is education and community outreach. Our Humane Education,
Publicity, and Volunteer programs are unique to our
organization. After discussions with Missoula County
regarding a possible merge, it was decided that the
best way to keep the mission and goals of each organization
intact was to stay as separate entities. We can continue
to have a good working relationship at separate locations.
Will there be naming opportunities
for my donation?
Donors of $3,000 or more will have the
opportunity to name a space or place in the new building.
All donors will be recognized in a manner consistent
with their level of giving. Gifts can be made in honor
or in memory of a beloved person or pet. Plaques will
be located on the room or area designated.
What options do I have in making
a gift to the campaign?
There are many ways in which you may
make a gift to this campaign. Gifts of cash are of
course, appropriate, as are the transfer of appreciated
assets such as stocks or bonds. In-kind donations
of building materials or shelter equipment are also
useful. Consult your tax advisor for more information
about this type of giving.
Can I make a long-term pledge?
Multi-year pledges are often the most
advantageous gift arrangements for both the donor
and the Campaign. Not only do they provide tax savings
over the course of several years; they also offer
donors the opportunity to consider a larger overall
gift than might otherwise be possible in a one-time
contribution. For our campaign, pledges from one to
three years will be accepted. Payments can be made
on a schedule that meets your needs-monthly, quarterly,
semi-annually, or annually. The choice is yours.
The Missoula Humane Society is a non profit
corporation under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal
Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible to
full extent of the law.