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bearscout 4 years, 8 months ago on Mary Blakeman: Feral cat prevention

If possible, the people in our community with knowledge of, or experience with feral cat issues should attend this meeting. The Humane Society of Moffat County (HSMC) is simply trying to develop a program to address an issue that they are constantly requested to assist with. To date there has been no 'formal' program, simply an effort to help here and there with individuals that have situations out of their control. In every request for assistance the individual DID NOT want the cats euthanized. The problem of free roaming and feral cats is prevalent in our community because as stated in other posts, people must spay/neuter their pets or the problem will continue. People have created the problem, the HSMC simply wants to be part of the solution. Based on the posts, it is a complex and heated issue. The HSMC is comprised of hard working, well intended volunteers. Developing a program to deal with this issue is going to be a learning process for all involved. Support and constructive input from the community would be appreciated.
Carol Scott HSMC Treasurer

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bearscout 5 years, 2 months ago on The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for help

lostyermarbles - I really didn't mean to attack you with my post...and I didn't feel attacked by your post. I just felt like the contest needed to be explained - not just to you - but to anyone that has ever wondered why we do it the way we do. I really am serious about taking constructive criticism and suggestions regarding any of the activities that the HSMC is involved in. We are volunteers and not experts in fundraising, publicity, etc. I know there are people in our community that have lots of experience running a non-profit and we welcome any guidance. I got involved because I love animals and thought I could help in some way. Anyway, thanks for the support. Carol

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bearscout 5 years, 2 months ago on The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for help

lostyermarbles - I am going to try to respond to your post because I know there are many people in the community that feel the same way that you do about the HSMC calendar voting procedures. I have helped put the calendar together for the last two years. In 2008, initial voting change from the vet clinics to 4 of our supporting businesses. After the photos have been narrowed to the top 24 we present the photos at various public venues for public voting. This usually generates about $900 which is used to print the calendars. The calendar is created by one of our members on her home computer so that we do not have to pay a professional graphic artist. With this in mind, I think the end product is pretty good! The HSMC does not have employees, we are all volunteers. This year two of the winning photos belong to HSMC members, January and May. You make a good point, so I think in the future we should prohibit our members from entering the contest. Every year our group debates about whether or not to produce the calendar and how we could do thing differently. I have asked other humane organizations how they produce their calendars. They all have tremendous financial support in their communities (one charged $250 to sponsor a page), they charge the public to enter the contest, and they charge over double what we do for our calendar. We would consider any ideas you or anyone else has that would produce a better calendar that people in our community feel is fairly created. I would also be willing to show you all of the photos that were entered last year so that you could judge whether or not deserving photos did not make the cut.
Our meetings at the Cavvy are open to the public and we would love to have new members to help with fundraising projects like the calendar and to provide fresh ideas. The Cavvy does not charge us to use their space and all meals are paid for by the individuals in attendance. We extend a monthly thank you to the Cavvy so that the community knows that they support us by providing the meeting room, nothing further. I am the Treasurer of the HSMC and would open our finances to you or anyone else to examine. We take the public trust very seriously and assure you that money is not spent on anything but public education, supplies for the shelter animals, our transfer program and assisting people in our community in times of need. Many of our members spend their own money to tranport animals, purchase supplies, make copies, buy food etc. I only mention this because I want the community to know that our members are very dedicated and honest people. We try hard, but understand there is always room for improvement. Carol Scott P.O. Box 1587 Craig, CO 81626

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bearscout 5 years, 3 months ago on County Democrats to help local group pay for roof repair

The City could verify this, but I don't think they paid anything for this property. I believe the State of Colorado simply deeded it to them. Therefore, there is no 'mortgage' being paid, by taxpayers or anyone else. In addition, if there is concern about who is paying for what, do as Bryce suggested and take a look at the books.

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bearscout 5 years, 9 months ago on Susan Higgs: Decrease adoption fee at animal shelter

Thanks a lot 50cal for encouraging people to acquire free pets. Such a thoughtless comment. Try to see the big picture. An animal acquired from a shelter is altered and will never contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. It is given vaccines against common disease that protect the public and the health of the animal.
People that allow the thoughtless breeding of their animals create the need for an animal shelter, animal control and humane organizations in the first place. Pet overpopulation is a huge problem in our country and in our own community. When there are more pets than there are homes for them to go to, there is a problem. People that acquire a free pet from an ad, or in front of a store, or the back of a truck are less likely to have this animal altered and pay for vaccinations. I personally hope that this woman does not seek and acquire a free pet. If she cannot afford the adoption fee, she cannot afford to care for an animal. Pets need more than love, food and water. Often times their medical care is very costly. People are the caretakers of domestic animals and should take this responsibility seriously. If you can't afford a pet, do everyone a favor and recognize this fact and resist the urge to acquire one.

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bearscout 5 years, 10 months ago on Elisa Shackelton: Things I hope you will do when I am gone

I wish Elisa all the best in Ft. Collins. I'm afraid she won't be able to make as large an impact in that community as she did here. Afterall, the folks on the front range are a lot smarter and healthier than we are. I didn't know how important she was until I read the list she made in this article. I do commend some of her pet projects...free radon test kits for one. However, she shouldn't count the disc golf course at Loudy Simpson as a crowning achievement. It is rarely used and is already in disrepair from trucks running over it. I further dispute the fact that it fights obesity. The only people I ever see playing disc golf are lugging around small coolers of 'beverages'. The disc golf course is a thorn in my side and I hope it is NEVER expanded to 18 holes. Since I go to Loudy almost everday and get to see the disc course winter, spring, summer and fall, I for one will always remember Elisa.

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bearscout 5 years, 11 months ago on Elisa Shackelton: Pick up after your pooch

Before I start my 'rant', let me state that I walk my dog everyday at Loudy Simpson Park AND I use the poop bags provided around the park to clean up after my dog - even in winter. I do agree with Elisa that people should clean up after their dogs, whether at home or in public. Actually, it would be great if they would clean up after themselves to start with. I saw Elisa at Loudy last week, so presume she brought to her own attention that the amount of dog poop is 'really bad' this year. I dispute this statement, particularly regarding the softball and soccer fields as they seemed pretty clean to me. I really feel like Elisa used her position as county extension agent and the associated relationship with the CDP to rant about her 'pet' project...the frisbee golf course. I don't know how much it cost to install and now to maintain this course, but it was and is too much to justify the 20 people (including Elisa) that use it annually.
If Elisa would like the park to be cleaned up, she should look no further than herself. I didn't see her carrying a big bag to collect all the beer cans and bottles that the frisbee 'athletes' leave behind. I would much rather step in a pile of dog poop than a bunch of broken glass. The number of people utilizing Loudy Simpson grows each year, even in the winter. The park constantly takes a beating - from litter, to broken fences, to torn up roads. It makes me sick. It is people causing this destruction, not dogs.
If Elisa is going to lead the charge to prohibit dogs in our city and county parks, she will have a fight on her hands. Nice idle threat...as I don't think the county has enough money to have a deputy at Loudy Simpson 24/7 to impose such a ban. As I always mumble to myself, "The more people I meet, the more I love my dogs".

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bearscout 5 years, 11 months ago on Craig sports briefs for May 7

Today's sports page was full of accomplished local athletes. Congratulations to our baseball team on a good season and to the All Conference honorees. You guys make the community proud!

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bearscout 5 years, 11 months ago on Going low

Congratulations Meghan on another trip to the state golf tournament! May this be the icing on the cake of your senior year. You are the type of young person that makes our community proud! Best of luck to you and Heather.

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