Archive for Thursday, June 11, 2009

Five questions: Animal advocates

Leavenworth County Humane Society Director Crystal Swann Blackdeer pets her rescue bloodhound, Rani. The humane society had its first meeting Saturday to introduce Leavenworth County residents to the organization.

Leavenworth County Humane Society Director Crystal Swann Blackdeer pets her rescue bloodhound, Rani. The humane society had its first meeting Saturday to introduce Leavenworth County residents to the organization.

June 11, 2009

Q: June 6 was the first meeting of the Leavenworth County Humane Society. How did it go?

A: It was very successful. We had quite a few people come out, and we got about eight volunteers that day, so we’re happy with the response so far.

Q: Where is the humane society, and how many people work there?

A: Since we are just starting out, we don't have a facility yet. The "office" is currently split between my husband's man-cave and my study, where the phone is. We have three directors – Nancy Gibson, Carol Turner and myself – and the rest will be volunteers. The animals will be fostered by our volunteers until we can find them a permanent home and until we have a facility.

Q: Why did you start the society?

A: Our vision is building a community where all animals are treated humanely, and every pet has a loving forever home. Leavenworth County, with a population of nearly 75,000 citizens, and a land area of 463 square miles, currently has no animal shelter that serves the entire county. LCHS wants to build one, centrally located, involving people from throughout the county, so that our homeless animals have a safe and loving place to be until we can find them homes.

Q: How many pets do you have yourself?

A: We have four rescue dogs. We also have three rescue cats.

Q: What do you have planned for the near future?

A: Our first spay/neuter event will be in July. We're working with No More Homeless Pets, KC to do a transport from Linwood to provide low cost spay/neuter and vaccinations. NMHPKC will pick up the animals, take them to their facility, fix them, keep them overnight for recovery and bring them back the next morning.

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