Amanda Castile has been hired by the Logan County Humane Society Board to serve as manager of the county’s animal shelter, as well as director of the society itself.
Acting society president Linda Lockhart introduced Castile to magistrates at Tuesday’s Logan County Fiscal Court meeting. Castile is replacing Tracy Moser, whose employment was terminated in February by the board.
Castile is a vet tech who has helped the Logan County Humane Society in the past with vaccinations.
“Our goals going forward are to continue to reflect our commitment to serve the citizens of Logan County with an adequate, functioning shelter, and to provide a clean and safe environment for the animals in our care,” said Lockhart to the members of fiscal court Tuesday.
Lockhart further stated the society was focused on re-homing the animals that come into their care through either adoption or rescue.
In the past week the society has moved 29 animals through adoption, rescue and pets being reunited with their owners.
One of the complaints heard most in the past several months at the shelter were from citizens whose animals were picked up by animal control and lodged at the shelter. They were being charged a very high fee to get their pets back.
“I have changed policy for pickup,” said Castile. “We want to work with the citizens in reuniting them with their pets. We are trying to regain their trust back and need the support of the community.”
Castile said there will now be a minimal fee required if someone’s pet is picked up and is living at the shelter. There will be a $5 a day fee, which will cover food and care for the animal while at the shelter waiting for identification.
“I’ve changed some policy and there will be more changes coming,” Castile said. “Our main goal is to move as many animals as we possible can.”
One of Castile’s missions is to increase the number of rescues. She has a trip scheduled to New York and she is hoping to transport the 29 dogs that are currently at the shelter.
“We have to make room for the ones that will be coming into the shelter when the weather gets warmer,” Castile added.
Magistrate Dickie Carter said he appreciated the society keeping the number of animals down at the shelter.
“I live across the road and I don’t want it to get back to when it was too much noise,” said Carter.
Other goals include a beefed up fundraising campaign. The humane society cannot function without the financial support of the community.
“I’m really excited to work for the Humane Society and look forward to helping the homeless animals fund a forever home,” Castile said.
Lockhart invited magistrates to come visit the shelter and to keep in mind the board is seeking additional members to make it stronger if they knew of anyone who would like to serve.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.