Since Amanda Castile took over as director of the Logan County Humane Society the first of April, she has already hit the ground running implementing changes that will be more community friendly then have been in the past year.
The new director says she wants Logan County’s shelter to stand on its own two feet, and be a place the citizens can be proud of, while saving as many animals as possible.
Does this mean there will never be any animals euthanized at the shelter? No, but it does mean Castile and her crew will do what it takes to save as many as they can with the resources they are building.
Castile is a certified veterinarian technician. She worked with the Logan County Animal Clinic for eight years. She also worked as a technician in Bowling Green for two years. Before taking the job as director for the Logan County Humane Society, Castile managed Home Away From Home in Russellville for four years.
“I have always loved animals. I grew up around all sorts of animals. I began training horses when I was 15,” said Castile.
Castile’s main goal as director is to save as many of Logan County’s homeless animals as she can with what resources she has. It’s “gonna be tough,” she said, but it’s attainable. One of the ways she plans on doing it is through rescue transports.
“We believe transports are going to have to begin again on a much broader scale,” said Castile. Local adoptions are very important, however, those alone will not be enough to move the amount of homeless animals that come into the shelter daily.
The Logan County Humane Society has had a thriving rescue program for years. Over 2,000 animals were taken to rescue in a three year period a few years ago. Beefing up the rescue trips is something Castile wants to begin again. Right now the new director is partnering with a rescue in New York, but wants to mend relationships with rescues in other states up north as well.
“We need the community to know we cannot do it without them,” said Castile. “It is something we have to do together. We cannot rely on others to do it for us. We can save animals the more we pull together.”
In the past year, the society was charging an exorbitant amount of money for reclaims, which are animals that have been picked up by the county’s animal control officer, but belong to someone. Castile said that was one change she made immediately when coming aboard.
“We want to work with the community, not against them. The fee for reclaim is minimal now,” Castile said. The humane society will charge $5 per day for animals who are being reclaimed by their owners. This fee is for food and lodging while the animal is at the shelter.
Another change Castile will be implementing is asking for license and proof of residency for those who wish to leave an animal at the shelter.
“We are asking for people’s licence to make sure they live in Logan County before they drop an animal off at our shelter,” said Castile. “We will direct those who do not live her to their local shelters and will help them if we can. But we have enough homeless animals in Logan County alone to keep us full and busy.”
Castile wants the public to know that plans for a new building are still in the works. She said everyone knows a new building is needed, but reminds it takes a lot of steps to build a new building and asks for the community’s patience.
“We are still going to build a new structure, but we are going to be smart about it. We have to have plans drawn and we have to make sure the property is prepared,” said Castile.
Plans at this time are to build on the existing property where they current shelter resides. Previous tests by the health department have cleared the property of any harmful issues, said Castile, adding drainage will be one thing looked at before building.
“We have an open door policy here at the shelter. We want the community to come out and visit the shelter. We want to build up our volunteer base to help us,” Castile said. “From walking the dogs, to helping with events, we need community involvement to save their lives.”
The shelter is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They are closed on Wednesdays and Sundays for deep cleaning. However, Castile said if there is someone that wishes to adopt, she will gladly schedule an appointment if Wednesday or Sunday are the only days available for future adopters.
“It’s all about the animals and it’s all about the community,” said Castile. “Communication is very important and we want the community to know where we stand and what we do.”
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