Topic: Flagler Humane Society cuts staff, hours, services
PALM COAST — Too many animals and too little money are putting the squeeze on the Flagler Humane Society.
Effective immediately, the shelter is reducing its days of operation, suspending its low-cost spay and neuter certificate program, and laying off two part-time employees, director Donna Howard said Monday in a press release.
"We, being a private non-profit organization, were just a victim of the economy like hundreds of other businesses," Howard said by phone Monday, stressing "we will do whatever we have to do to keep our doors open."
According to Howard, the number of animals being surrendered to the humane society has skyrocketed recently as more residents lose their jobs and their homes.
"The animals are the first to go," she said. "You can’t get rid of your children."
While donations are down, Howard said the community did provide critical support during recent events surrounding the Pig Tails Sanctuary.
"The pig sanctuary expenses were taken care of by donations specifically for them, so I thank all of those people from the bottom of my heart. Without them we might have been in this situation sooner," Howard said.
County spokesman Carl Laundrie said today the county wasn’t aware of the shelter’s actions.