Paws Gives Shelter Status at Workshop

The Rabun County Board of Commissioners continued their budget workshops this week.

During Monday’s workshops, the CEO of Rabun Paws 4 Life Shannon Conrad presented the animal shelter’s financial status and gave an update on the current status of the shelter.

The requested budget for this year is nearly the same as what was requested by Paws 4 Life for last fiscal year, plus $5,000 for insurance on the building that had already been paid in 2012 when Paws took over operation.

Conrad went over the shelter’s statistics with the board of commissioners, and she says that even though Paws 4 Life accepts any animal and finds fosters homes if there is not room in the shelter, allowing the shelter to a live release rate of over 90%.

“By doing this you can see we actually have a live release rate of 94.89% total,” said Conrad. “Cats will always be a little bit less because of some of the diseases they get, but we’re very very proud of our numbers and what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

Conrad’s report showed that only four animals have been euthanized since the beginning of November 2012 out of a total of two hundred and thirty five to pass through the shelter.

Conrad also told the commissioners that there are a couple of challenges they still face when it come to getting donations, one being that their 501(c)3 determination letter has not yet been received from the IRS.

“There has never been a 501(c)3 that has been supported by the county that has been denied,” said Conrad. “It’s just a matter of getting it through. Another challenge would be that the investigation is not yet complete with Boggs Mountain. I have had donors come to us and say they ‘want to see what happens.’ I don’t know why, we’re two totally different groups.”

Conrad said they should hear back regarding their 501 (c) 3 determination letter sometime in May.