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Humane Society featured at Chamber meeting

November 24, 2010

Basehor has a pet registry in which residents register their animals for $5 each. In 2009, there were 239 animals registered.

Leavenworth County Humane Society president Crystal Blackdeer said estimates show there are likely about 2,900 pets in the city, which equals $14,500.

She shared the statistics and information about the organization at Thursday’s Basehor Chamber of Commerce meeting.

She shared other statistics, such as studies showing 98 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be members of the family, as opposed to 2 percent considering the animals as property. And, even in the recession, spending on animals has stayed constant or increased, she said.

LCHS started in June 2009 and its logo includes the face of a dog called Charlie in the “C” of LCHS and a cat named Sam in the “S.” The logo also has a dot between each letter of “society” to represent each incorporated city in Leavenworth County. The space around it represents the remaining areas of the county, Blackdeer said.

The society offers spay/neuter transport programs in which owners and caregivers can bring their animals to various communities in the county for drop-off of their cats and dogs. The transports take place monthly and rotate throughout the county. The animals are taken to No More Homeless Pets KC for surgeries and vaccinations and returned the next day.

Regarding no-kill policies, LCHS supports no-kill euthanasia when it provides an end to suffering.

“We’re not at all opposed to that,” Blackdeer said. However, she said the society wasn’t supportive of putting down an animal “just because it’s too loud or wild or too ugly or scared or looks a certain way.”

She said she supported Basehor Mayor Terry Hill’s pledge to make Basehor a no-kill city.

Discussing other policies that some cities have, Blackdeer said she didn’t agree with breed-specific ordinances that don’t allow certain dog breeds in cities. She said each dog is different and isn’t bad because it’s a certain breed.

“If you’re blonde, you must be Swedish,” Blackdeer said. “If you’re Swedish, you must be…”

Instead, she thought it should be a case-by-case evaluation.

“If a dog proves itself to be dangerous, it’s a threat to the community and we can understand why people wouldn’t want it in the community,” she said.

Basehor does not have any breed-specific ordinances.

For more information about LCHS or to inquire about offering foster care, email LvnCoHS@live.com or call (913) 728-2881. The society’s website is lchsinc.org.

Chamber news

• Basehor Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Christmas dinner and silent auction starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 with social hour and silent auction at Reece and Nichols, 1106 155th St., Basehor. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. and is $10 per person.

Proceeds of the auction will go to Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services.

Donations for the silent auction are needed and people attending should RSVP by Tuesday, Dec. 8 at (913) 724-9000 or info@basehorchamber.org.

• Members also discussed that the chamber’s annual golf tournament will be Friday, June 10.

— For a related story about designs for a future LCHS facility, go to basehorinfo.com.

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